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5 Things to Keep In Mind When Shopping For Bridesmaid Dresses

by Katherine Callaghan

Much like shopping for your wedding gown, shopping for bridesmaids dresses requires a lot of research. I’m not sure about other brides-to-be out there, but as I’m beginning my search for bridesmaids dresses, I’m a little overwhelmed. There’s so many options, colors and styles available;  how’s a bride-to-be to choose?  Before you drive yourself nuts (like I did), here are a few things to keep in mind that will be a huge help in deciding on the perfect dress for your leading ladies!

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Season

Like most aspects of your wedding planning, the season is a big factor when choosing bridesmaids dresses. You want to choose a silhouette, color, and material that coordinates with both the season and the theme of your wedding! Think lace gowns for fall, sequin dresses in winter, and breezy chiffon gowns for spring and summer.

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Body Type

This is one of the most important things to consider when you begin your search for bridesmaid dresses. You don’t ever want your girls to feel self-conscious or uncomfortable. If you have body types that range from curvy to slender, I suggest picking a dress that comes in a variety of necklines and styles. That way, all your ladies will be in the same color and in a dress that best suits their body.

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Price

Weddings are a costly affair for everyone involved, especially your bridesmaids. They contribute financially towards your bridal shower, bachelorette party, of course, paying for their bridesmaid’s dress. Keep the cost to a minimum if you can and be considerate of your bridesmaids’ financial situations. A plain dress can go a long way thanks to the power of accessories! Gift your bridesmaids some pretty costume jewelry to wear on your big day to elevate any type of bridesmaid dress!

Dress Length

A silhouette that coordinates with the season and the type of event you are hosting is important when deciding if you want your ladies in a gown or knee-length dress. A small and intimate wedding or a relaxed beach wedding are perfect examples of when knee-length dresses feel appropriate. Whereas gowns are an appropriate option for a ballroom venue or black-tie wedding.

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Ordering and Sizing Availability

If you choose to order your bridesmaid dresses at a bridal boutique, these dresses take approximately two to three months to come in, so make sure you begin your bridesmaid search far in advance and you give your ladies a reasonable timeline of when to order. If you find your bridesmaid dresses online, you need to make sure all sizes are currently available and your bridesmaids order their dresses right away before they sell out!

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