Bridesmaid Dress Shopping Tips & Tricks!

July 21
Bridesmaid Dress Shopping Tips & Tricks!

You’ve decided on your wedding party, you’ve started the wedding planning… now it’s time for the exciting task of Bridesmaid Dress Shopping! This can be equally one of the more fun, and more tricky aspects of planning out your wedding details - especially if you have a large bridal party, or have some girls that do not live close together. When you begin shopping for dresses for your girls, there are a few things to consider to make sure everything goes smoothly and everyone is comfortable - here are our tips!

Tricks while you shop:

  • If it’s possible, do your best to get all the girls together! Try & find a time that works for everyone to go dress shopping together. Plan a few weeks in advance to give everyone lots of time to plan ahead, so that everyone can work their schedules around the date.

  • Try and make appointments at a few bridal salons that are relatively close in proximity, so that you can see what’s available. Different salons will offer different promotions for bridal parties and groups, and they will all have different dresses! Don’t be afraid to take a trip out of town if you live in a smaller city, so that you can shop around!

  • No matter how hard to try and plan ahead, sometimes there will be girls that aren’t able to make it. If this is the case just be sure to talk to them before hand about the colours and styles that you have in mind! Keep them involved and get their input, and be sure to send them pictures along the way to get feedback.

  • Have the girls try on a variety of styles to get an idea of the fit and styles that are available, and also to find out what they are the most comfortable with.

  • One of our favourite wedding trends right now is mix matching Bridesmaids dresses! The trick is to choose a colour scheme that matches, and then you and girls select different styles of dresses. This is a perfect way to find something that makes everyone comfortable!

    • TIP: If you plan on going for the same colour and style for all the  girls, it’s best to order all of the dresses together to avoid any slight variances of colour and dye lot.

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Questions to ask the boutique

  • What are their exchange and cancellation policies?

  • What is the estimated arrival date?

  • What will they do if the gowns come in the wrong colour or size, or comes in late?

  • Are ther customization options available for the dresses? If so, what are they?

  • What are the alteration costs and are they done in-house? If not, do they have a list of recommended tailors to use?

  • Will the bridesmaids be contacted individually when the dresses arrive or will the bride be notified and should be expected to pass the message on?

  • What’s the best way to store and transport the gowns?


Tips for out-of-town bridesmaids

  • One of the most important things to remember is to receive any out-of-town bridesmaids measurements! It is best to do this before you go shopping, just incase you find dresses quicker than you expect - that way you'll be ready to go!

  • Your gown shop should give you some suggestions to properly order a dress for any out of town bridesmaids. If they're able to do it in-store for you, they will simply ask for the Bridesmaid's info and measurements! 

  • Have your bridesmaid call a local bridal shop to see if they carry the same dress so that she could go and try on it.

  • You can also take her measurements over the phone. Make sure a professional seamstress takes the measurements.  When her dress is in send it to her with specific directions for alterations (i.e. how many inches should the dress hang from the floor, to match the other dresses).

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If you loved any of the images feautured in this blog, click the image to find out more about the vendor! We feature all Canadian only wedding vendors for our feature images, so that you can plan the wedding you love, locally! 

Header Image: Tamara Lockwood Photography

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