It’s no secret that, as a bride, choosing bridesmaid dresses for your friends can make them love or loathe you. Amidst everything else you have to deal with while planning your wedding, figuring out how to choose bridal party dresses shouldn’t be stressful. There are three things to keep in mind as you start to think about which dresses your ladies will wear on your big day.
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How to choose bridal party dresses tip:
#1: Ask your bridesmaids what they can afford or feel comfortable paying.
I know this sounds like common sense, but you won’t believe the number of brides who never ask what their bridesmaids can afford. Sometimes it’s awkward to ask your friends about money, but once the awkwardness is dealt with, your bridesmaids will undoubtedly be more supportive of your choice of bridal party dresses.
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#2: Consider the differences between each of your friends.
There is a 90% chance that your bridesmaids will not be the same size and height, which is why there are so many horror stories involving bridesmaid gowns. Take some time and truly consider the physical differences of your bridal party; perhaps you have a broad age range of women supporting you on your wedding day. Take into consideration the shapes and sizes of your friends and try to find a dress that could fit and flatter each of them without the help of layered shapewear. Most designers offer plus size dresses now too, which can help you truly find a dress that makes your friends shine.
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#3: Throw a picking out bridesmaid dresses party.
Everyone loves a good party! Seriously, find some time for you and a few of your ‘maids to have a picking out bridesmaid dresses party. Whether 3-4 of you come in-store here at the Wedding Shoppe or gather around a laptop or two at the kitchen table for your picking out bridesmaid dresses party, making an occasion out of finding your bridal party dresses will make your ‘maids feel included and special. Plus, you’ll be able to see what dresses they like, and hopefully find a dress that is flattering, affordable, and perfect for your special day.