Shopping For Bridesmaid Dresses – Six Practical Steps

Shopping For Bridesmaid Dresses – Six Practical Steps

You’ve booked the venue, you have the dress and you have roughly around a thousand Pinterest boards ready and waiting to help you plan your dream wedding, but there’s still something left, the bridesmaids dresses!

With the wedding date closing in, finding the right bridesmaids’ dresses style, colour, sizes can be quite the challenge. Pinpointing one dress to suit several different body shapes and sizes can send anyone crazy, but I am on hand to help banish your wedding woes.

Below I have compiled together some useful tips to help you go through the bridesmaid dresses shopping experience with ease…

Step 1: Start Six Months in Advance

Unfortunately, finding your dream bridesmaid dresses that each of your bridesmaids adore in one day is near on impossible. Especially for those with a bigger entourage, there are so many opinions to digest and things to consider.

Start your search about six months in advance. This will allow you enough time to agree on a style and colour with your girls, order the right sizes, and make any alterations if needed.

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Long Sparkly Bridesmaid Dress in Champagne, Goddiva

Step 2: Four Things Should Define Your Colour Choice

When deciding on a colour have in mind the following: colour theme of the wedding and the venue, the season, the time of the day and your girls’ skin tones.

As a general rule of thumb, Spring-Summer Season weddings call for pastel or so called candy colours. Ideally, look for maxi dresses in blush, baby pink, sparkly champagne, nude, mint, lavender or mellow yellow. Just imagine how beautiful your beach wedding would be in coral hues. On the contrary, Autumn-Winter ceremonies go much better with bold and dark palettes – opt for deep purple, emerald, dark blue or gold long gowns.

Don’t forget to take into account the time of the ceremony. A day wedding, for example would call for less formality and therefore more fairy, soft and feminine colours. While for evening receptions you have to consider stronger ones.

And finally, make sure that your choice of bridesmaid dresses doesn’t overpower your girls. Always remember that not every colour suits every skin tone. Be extra careful if in your entourage you have a red or purple head diva.


Chiffon Bridesmaid Maxi Dress in Nude, Goddiva

Step 3: Consider Different Dress Styles

Of course none of your bridesmaids will look the same! So unless you have chosen identical twins, I’m afraid you are going to have to open up your wedding doors and try a variety of styles. What may suit one girl may not suit the other, so try browsing through a selection of styles that could suit a variety of body shapes.

If you find your bridesmaids have completely different body shapes, why not opt for different dress styles but keep them in theme with the same colour and fabric? This can help match them together as one group, but can also make each bridesmaid happy!

Step 4: Don’t Forget The Accessories

As many of us already know, as we start to get a little older, comfort certainly wins over style! When opting for accessories, especially shoes, make sure they keep your bridesmaids comfortable all day long! Browse for shoes with a lower heel and soft cushions throughout to help support the foot.

Step 5: Be Price Conscious

Every girl who has been a bridesmaid before knows that she needs to cover the cost of the dress. If you are like me and have walked with a few of my besties down the aisle, you would know exactly what I mean. So, consider the lifestyle and finances of each one of your girls. You can find extremely beautiful bridesmaid dresses in an affordable and cheap range of up to £100.

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Open Back and Lace Bridesmaid Maxi Dress in Nude, Goddiva

Step 6: Arrange A Girls’ Night In

After you have considered all the above, it is time to share your insights with the girls and start discussing. What’s better than arranging a girly night in with your bridesmaids? Pizza, pjs and girly movies are the key ingredients to some ultimate wedding planning. Why not try hunt online together to grasp some dress styles and see if any are popular among the group. You can even have one of your trials on this night including hair or makeup so your bridesmaids can get a better idea on how they will look on the day.

I hope you found my tips useful. And don’t forget you can ask me any questions you have on bridesmaid dresses in the comments below. It will be my pleasure to help you.

See you soon when I will be telling you about the 2017 Spring-Summer Trends in Bridesmaids’ Wear.

Yours truly,
Goddiva Girl

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