Congratulations on your wedding! If you have your date set, the reception space organised, and your dress all picked out, the next step is to get your bridesmaids ready for your big day with their perfect dresses.
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 can take your time and search leisurely for your bridesmaids’ dresses. No matter what your situation is, this article will help you find the right bridesmaid dress quickly, easily, and without any stress.
Decide on your budget
The budget for your bridesmaids will include the dress, jewellery, shoes, and other bits that they might require. The price for all this will mostly depend on how many bridesmaids you intend to have, as well as their lifestyles.
Also, whether you are paying for the dresses or asking the bridesmaids to buy their own bits and pieces for your day is another important consideration when it comes to budget. If you are looking at buying everything yourself for your bridesmaids and want a more cost-effective option, you can choose an off-the-rack dress.
Know what you are looking for
Since you know what your bridal dress is going to look like, you can get a rough idea of what you want your bridesmaids to wear. While you don’t have your all your dresses coordinated completely, they should share some similarities to a certain extent.
For example, if you are going to be wearing a strapless dress, don’t put your bridesmaids in long-sleeved dresses. Or, if your dress is romantic, then have your bridesmaids wear dresses that ooze the same type of style and fit in with the overall theme of your wedding.
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 can feel comfortable and look amazing in.
Focus on colours
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 decided on 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 go to 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. As long as you can all agree on the right dress (or dresses) you’re one step closer to bringing your perfect wedding vision to life.
Get all your girls measured up by a professional seamstress to ensure that the chosen dresses fit them perfectly. It’s also important to make sure the girls are measured well in advance. This will mean that the finished dresses will be with your bridesmaids on time and any alterations can be made long before the big day.
Place your order
Order all the bridesmaid dresses 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. You should allow at least 3 to 4 months for the dresses to be ready. Also, keep another couple of weeks free for potential alterations as they can take anywhere from a week to two weeks.
Organise 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 ask them to shop around for their own perfect pair.
With these key tips at the forefront of your mind, you and your bridesmaids are sure to find the ideal dresses for your wedding day. It’s never been easier to shop for dresses whether you’ve got one bridesmaid or ten, we can accommodate you and your needs. Shop our stunning bridesmaid collection of dresses and accessories at Maids to Measure today.