How to shop for bridesmaid dresses

When planning a wedding, many people see it as being challenging. Having to decide on a location, food, venue, guests, and a theme. There are many elements of a wedding that can be enjoyable like finding the perfect dress. But once you find that dress you have to find the perfect bridesmaid dresses which can be stressful when you have to consider a style or a colour that every member of your bridal party is happy with.

Having to deal with different body types and styles is no easy feat, at Maids to Measure we want to make this part of your wedding stress-free. Here are our top tips to help make shopping for bridesmaid dresses as smooth as possible. 


Research is a big part of planning any wedding. From the beginning, you should do your research. When you are shopping for bridesmaid dresses you can view a wide range of dresses online. All our bridesmaid dresses are available to view online in all styles and colours so if you’re not sure what you’re looking for yet you can get an idea online of what styles you may like or colours that fit your theme. 

You should also research what styles of bridesmaid dresses your bridesmaids are comfortable with before you decide on one, to alleviate any stress further down the line.

Another important stage of research is deciding the budget. If you are planning on paying for your bridesmaids dresses you should consider how much you are willing to spend on your bridal party and how big your bridal party is. If your bridesmaids are paying for their own dresses then you should find out how much they are able to spend on a dress and how much they are willing to spend in total. It’s important to remember not all of your bridal party will have the same budget. 

Once you have established your budget and established the style of bridesmaid dress you are looking for then the fun shopping experience begins!

Plan in advance

Being prepared is vital. When buying bridesmaid dresses for your wedding day you should consider alterations. Even if you have found the perfect dresses, it doesn’t mean they will fit every person perfectly. It is completely normal to have clothing altered. 

Another important thing to remember is that you need to order your dresses months in advance to ensure they arrive in time. Therefore, you should be shopping for your bridesmaid dresses at least 6-8 months in advance. 

Be open-minded

Every person has their own style so it’s guaranteed that not everyone may be on board with the dress or colour you have chosen. The best solution is to make all your bridal party try the dresses on and get everyone's opinion. You may find the bridesmaid dress style isn't the right one.

One solution for finding bridesmaid dresses to suit everyone is to choose a colour and find dresses in that colour in different styles. Our bridesmaid collections come in a range of colours and styles.

Our green bridesmaid dresses come in a range of styles that can still fit your theme. You can mix and match your bridesmaid dresses styles and have everyone match by colour rather than the same dress. This may be the perfect solution if there are too many clashing ideas.

Tips for bridesmaids

At first, you may not agree with the dress or the colour but it’s important to remember that the bride has picked them for a reason. You should be open-minded and try it on, you may be surprised to find it suits you. If you don’t feel comfortable with the chosen dress you should discuss it with the bride, they may be open to a solution.

The Best Colours

If you do find you are struggling to find the right colour to suit your bridesmaids, you may want to consider a neutral colour like cream. Cream is a very classic and elegant colour choice for bridesmaids. It is also the perfect colour to match any theme. Our range of cream bridesmaid dresses are available in all styles including long sleeve bridesmaid dresses, sleeveless bridesmaid dresses, and bridesmaid dresses with sleeves.

Take advantage of the full range

Sometimes, you may have one idea of what you want your wedding to look like. You may have already decided on the theme and the location and are now shopping for dresses to match that theme.

When choosing the dresses, you may just see a specific dress style or a specific colour that matches your theme. Until you see your bridal party wearing the chosen dresses you won't know if it's the right one. Even if you have the perfect dresses, you should always take advantage of the full range and try on multiple options. You may just find a different dress that suits your bridesmaids more.

Top Tip for Planning a wedding

The most important thing to remember is that a wedding doesn't always have to be stressful. You should enjoy the process of planning your big day. Bridesmaid dress shopping can be fun.

The best piece of advice is to research as much as possible and expect some things to not go as planned. If you have an open mind, then you'll find that the little things that haven't gone to plan are not as stressful as you thought.