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. Whatever your wedding style, there’s no reason to make bridesmaid dress shopping a challenge.
Usually, it will take as long as six months for you to receive your orders, plus a month to a month and a half for alterations. 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 you talk about research today, the Internet is undoubtedly the place to go. There are literally thousands of gowns on the web, and you can just bookmark whatever you like and have the girls take a look. Of course, those traditional magazines haven’t exactly lost their value when it comes to providing ideas or inspiration. You can tear out pages to help you focus on the colors and styles that you want.
Decide what kind of shopping experience works for you best. If you’re usually sure of what you want, maybe you should shop alone. If you like to listen to others’ input, then you should probably bring your most trusted friends along (but not too many as you will 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 gals wants to buy a smaller dress, tell her it’s easier to adjust the measurements of a larger dress than having to deal with a dress that is too small for her size – in which case, you’ll probably have to just order another dress.
Hue or Shade
There are lots of ways that you can choose the perfect color. One of the easiest methods is to check the color schemes of your palette, your wedding venue or the season. If your wedding will be held at a rustic vineyard where burgundy is the dominant color, for example, forget those hot pink dresses.
Rich hues like emerald and marsala are fantastic in winter or fall, whle pastel shades will work just great in summer or spring. If you’re still not sure, just choose a general color, like red, and have your bridesmaids choose their favorite shades for a more fashionable and unpredictable look.
Finally, when choosing a bridesmaid dress color or colors, consider the wearers’ 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.