Many of our brides come in and lament about how choosing bridesmaids’ dresses is one of the hardest decisions they make during their wedding planning process. Now, planning my own wedding, I can definitely see why! You wouldn’t think choosing fun dresses for your girlfriends would be difficult, but it can be. You’re considering the preferences of sometimes very different girls, not to mention different body types. Along the way I’ve come up with a few survival tips to get you and your girls through the process in one piece:
1) 1. Know from the start that you may not make everyone happy: Of course, your goal will be to make everyone happy, but sometimes it honestly just doesn’t happen. With different personalities and fashion senses, it can be very hard to come up with a dress/color that satisfies everyone. Ultimately you have to make yourself happy first and foremost. Don’t forget that it’s your wedding! You’re the one who is going to have the photos plastered all over your house for years to come, so make sure you’re happy with how everyone looks in them. Then, be ready to follow along happily with whatever your friends want when it’s their turn to be the bride!
2) 2. Do not succumb to dress overload: While it’s great to see a variety of dresses before making a decision, when you find one you love STOP LOOKING. There are so many dresses out there; the process could go on forever. The bridesmaids’ dresses affect many decisions to come (what the men will wear, what color flowers you’ll have, etc.) that it’s a nice one to settle down early. It is one of the very first decisions I made, and knowing their colors, formality, etc. helped me with so many other items on the to-do list.
3) 3. Start early: It is never too early to start the order process when it comes to your bridesmaids’ dresses. It can sometimes take weeks to get everyone’s measurements pulled together, and you don’t want to be stressing about coming down to the wire. For example, I gave myself a goal of ordering my bridesmaids’ dresses before Thanksgiving and I gave my girls their marching orders on October 20. This gives them about 4 weeks to get together all of the necessary info. Plus, it never hurts to have the dresses come in early! Then the girls can take their time with any alterations they may need. Paying rush tailoring fees on top of everything is a major bummer that you can easily avoid.
4 4. Consult the experts: We are here for you! Use us! I can’t count how many times I’ve gotten in touch with my brides to see how they were coming along with their bridesmaids’ dress decision only to find that they were stressing about something for weeks, and something that we could easily help them with. Hard to find color? Want a patterned sash? No question is too big or too small, our job is to help you through this process and we’re more than happy to do so!
So, good luck beautiful brides! We look forward to helping you find the dress of your dreams!