Congratulations on your wedding! If you have your date set and have got the reception space organised and booked, and your dress all picked out, the next step is to get your bridesmaid or bridesmaids ready for your big day.
Depending on how much time you have from now to your wedding, you might have to either put on your skates and get ready to go dress hunting, or you have time to search leisurely for your bridesmaids’ dresses. No matter what your situation, this article will help you find the right bridesmaid dress in record time.
Know your budget
The bridesmaid’s dress budget will include the dress, jewellery, shoes and other bits that your bridesmaid might require. The price for all this will depend a lot on how many bridesmaids you intend to have, as well as their lifestyles. It will also depend on if you are paying for the dresses or getting your bridesmaids to buy their own bits and pieces for your day. If you are looking at buying everything for your bridesmaids and are looking for a cost-effective option, you can choose an off-the-rack option.
Know what you are looking for
Since you know what your bridal dress is going to look like, you have a rough idea of what you want your bridesmaid to wear. While you both don’t have your dresses coordinated to the tee, they should coordinate to a certain extent. For example, if you are going to be wearing a strapless dress, don’t put your bridesmaid in a long-sleeved dress. Or, if your dress is romantic, then have your bridesmaid dressed up in a dress that oozes the same type of style.
If you are going to have several bridesmaids, you must take their shapes and heights into consideration. Choose a style that all your bridesmaids can carry off. Or, you can have them dressed in different styles in the same colour or same colour family and material – styles that they choose and can carry off.
Hone in on hues
There are different approaches to choosing a colour for your bridesmaid dress. The best bet is to go with the colour scheme of your wedding – take cues from the colour of the flowers at the ceremony, the colour scheme on the reception site, as well as your palette. For example, if your wedding will take place in a rustic setting, then you might want to stay away from an ultramodern colour like fuchsia. You can also allow the season to be your guide – light, pale colours in summer and darker colours in winter.
Choose the dress
Once you have honed in all the possible favourites, get together with your bridesmaids and finalise on the dress. Your bridesmaids will love being involved in choosing their dresses. Email pictures, ask for their opinion, meet up for a coffee and talk about what they would like. You could all cram into the shop together and make a girls’ day out of it, or you could simply WhatsApp pictures of different dresses and ask what each of them would like.
Get all your girls measured up by a professional seamstress so that they all get dresses that fit them perfectly. Ensure the dresses get to them on time so that any alterations can be made well in time for the wedding.
Place your order
Order all the bridesmaids dresses in London at the same time, so that they can all be made from the same dye lot. If they live in different towns, ensure you get all their measurements in time and collect the money so that you can coordinate with the dress shop yourself.
Allow at least 3 to 4 months for the dresses to be ready. Keep another couple of weeks for alterations. Alterations can take anywhere from a week to two weeks.
Get the accessories
Last but not least, don’t forget the accessories – pins, scarves, stoles, belts and jewellery. Ensure the girls are comfortable in the accessories (including the kind of shoes you would like them to wear). To make things simpler, you could just let them know the specifics of the type of shoes that would be required – the colour, open/closed-toe and so on, and get them to hunt around for their own perfect pair.