5 Things to Know Before Shopping for Bridesmaid Dresses

5 Things to Know Before Shopping for Bridesmaid Dresses

Well, it’s been really quiet around here lately. Whoops. This is a serious side-effect of wedding season, but you can rest assured I’ve been up to some beautiful things, celebrating sweet couples, and planning a whack of new content to bring you in the off-season. If there’s something you want to see, ya better holler at me soon! :)

Today, I’ve got the team from BridesMade here to share five things brides should know before shopping for bridesmaid dresses. If you tackle these questions ahead of time, it’ll make the often-hectic and frustrating first trips to the dress salons a thousand times more fun. Huge thanks to them for joining the blog series. Ready to get shopping?


Be on the same terms with your bridesmaids

Communicate with your bridesmaids about your wishes when it comes to dress colour and style, and have a discussion about the budget everyone feels comfortable with. Do you envision everyone in the same dress or complementary styles? It’s really awkward to walk into the store with hundreds of dress colours and styles only to get into confusing discussions about what to do. It’s overwhelming, and you’re a busy woman! Go in with some idea of what you’d like and what you don’t like, but also keep an open mind because you never know what you might find.

Have your wedding colours chosen already

Have your wedding palette selected before shopping for dresses. Meet with your planner to talk about what you’re thinking in terms of colour and ask her for suggestions if you’d like. Knowing your colour selection and what will match your wedding will save you precious time. It makes shopping a lot less stressful because you, the bride, already have a vision. In addition, having your wedding colours already picked out will stop you from ordering bridesmaid dresses in one colour only to find out later that it doesn’t match your colour scheme. Gahhh. I’ve had this happen with clients, and it’s a great thing to avoid! It makes planning your table linen and changing orders all over the board a nightmare. Pick your colours before you go. ‘Nuff said.

Know your girls' budget

Have the sometimes-awkward-feeling discussion about the dress budget ahead of time. Talking about it while looking at dresses (especially if you’ve fallen in love with one that’s over someone’s ideal budget) is uncomfortable and can make someone feel badly during what should be a fun and joyful experience. Ask bridal salons what their average bridesmaid dress cost is before booking an appointment. This way, you don’t waste either party’s time and can have a more successful trip when you choose to go somewhere.


Think about sizing

Keep in mind your bridesmaids’ sizing. If one of your bridesmaids is a size 0 and another is a size 24, make sure—in advance—that the boutique you’re shopping in offers size-inclusive dresses. Nothing is worse then putting a bridesmaid in an uncomfortable situation when a boutique doesn't offer her size. 

Think about if you want to rent or buy

Renting bridesmaid dresses is a relatively new concept, but I think it’s brilliant if the styles offered fit your wedding day style! There’s less of a cost for your ‘maids and no one needs to worry about selling or storing a dress they may never wear again! Win-win. (We all know closet space is precious, let’s be real.)

If you choose to give your bridesmaids the option to rent or buy, talk about it before you start shopping. Decide up front because only select boutiques offer bridesmaid dress rentals.

Bridesmaid Dress Shopping Tips // spunkysapphire.com/blog

There you have it! Five things you should think about before you plan that bridesmaids shopping trip you’re dying to go on. Gather your girls over a cup of coffee before you head out, chat about your expectations and wishes, and listen to their concerns. Then, when you hop in the car to make your trip, it’ll be a blast from start to finish. Who doesn’t want that?

Images by Van Daele & Russell and Christine Reid Photography and Bridesmade

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