Pointers for Buying Bridesmaid Dresses
As soon as you’ve found the perfect wedding dress, you’re ready for the next phase of your wedding shopping journey: finding the perfect bridesmaid dresses. Regardless of your wedding style or the size of your bridal party, bridesmaid dress shopping need not be a feat.
In most cases, you have to wait six months for your orders to arrive, and another four to six weeks if alterations are necessary. A six- to eight-month buffer should be enough for you and your friends to have ample time to shop for the dresses and make sure they fit.
When it comes to research nowadays, online is the most convenient place and method to do it. There are literally thousands of gowns on the web, and you can just bookmark whatever you like and have the girls take a look. Certainly, those typical magazines haven’t exactly become useless and are still a great source of ideas and inspiration. You can tear out pages to help you focus on the colors and styles that you want.
Know what type of shopping experience will be best for you. If you have strong opinions about the things you want, perhaps you should shop by yourself. If you like to get input from others, then take a few of your most trusted friends (warning: too much input can be confusing).
The Right Fit
A bridesmaid dress is often ordered with the bridesmaid’s biggest measurements (hips, waist, bustline), which means your friends will probably order dresses that are at least one size larger than their usual dress. If one of your besties insists on a smaller size, tell her you’ll be safer with a bigger dress that can be altered anytime, than a smaller dress that will leave you no choice but to order another one.
Shade or Hue
There are lots of ways that you can choose the perfect color. One is by playing off the color schemes of your venue or by considering the season. For example, you should probably avoid hot pink dresses if your venue will be a vintage vineyard where the most dominant color is burgundy.
Marsala, emerald and other rich colors are great in the fall and winter months, while for spring and summer, you’ll want to go with mint, lavender and other lighter shades. If you’re still at a loss for what you really want, just pick a generic color, such as blue, and have your girls choose their favorite shades to come up with a trendier, more erratic look.
Lastly, your choice of color or colors of bridesmaid dresses may be based on skin tones. Cobalt blue and hot pink, for instance, will pop just right against darker-skinned ladies, while sapphire, emerald and other jewel tones are gorgeous on the fair-skinned.