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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.

Time Allowance

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 it comes to research nowadays, online is the most convenient place and method to do it. There are practically thousands of gowns online, not to mention you can simply bookmark all your favorites, share them with the girls,. Definitely, those conventional magazines haven’t exactly lost their usefulness for those who are looking for inspiration or ideas. You can tear out pages to help you focus on the colors and styles that you want.

With Company

Decide what kind of shopping experience works for you best. If you’re usually very sure about what you want, it may be good to 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 Perfect 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 the girls is inclined to buy a smaller size, tell her it’s safer to get a bigger dress, which can simply be altered to fit her size, as opposed to buying a dress that is too small, where the only option is to order another dress.

Shade or Tint

There are lots of ways that you can choose the perfect color. One of the easiest is to simply consider the color schemes of your palette, your 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.

If the wedding will be held in fall or winter, go for marsala, emerald and other deep colors; if you’re thinking of a spring or summer wedding, go with lighter hues like lavender or mint. If you’re still unsure, just pick a universal color such as red, and give your bridesmaids the freedom to choose their favorite shades, leading to a less predictable, more fashionable look.

Complementary Hues

Finally, consider skin tones when choosing the right color or colors for your bridesmaids. For those who are fairer-skinned, jewel shades like emerald and amethyst will look great, while for the darker-skinned, hot pink and cobalt blue will pop out gorgeously.

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