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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.

On Schedule

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 time allowance of about six to eight months will ensure that you and your ladies have enough time to look for the right dresses and fit.


When you talk about research today, the Internet is undoubtedly the place to go. There are practically thousands of gowns online, not to mention you can simply bookmark all your favorites, share them with the girls,. 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 remind you of the themes or colors that you would like to have for your wedding.

Shopping Alone vs.

Think what type of shopping experience is most suitable for you. If you have strong opinions about the things you want, perhaps you should shop by yourself. If you’re type who likes input from others, then bring along some trusted friends (not too many though as you may only end up confused).

The Right Fit

A bridesmaid dress is usually ordered with the wearer’s largest measurements (bust, waist and hips), so your friends will probably get dresses at least one size bigger than what they would typically wear. 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.

Hue or Shade

There are so many ways of picking the perfect color. One of the easiest methods is to check the color schemes of your palette, your wedding venue or 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.

Complementary Shades

Finally, consider skin tones when choosing the right color or colors for your bridesmaids. 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.

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