Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Bridesmaid Dresses: Do's & Don'ts

Every bride gets excited when choosing and telling their best friends that she wants them to be her bridesmaids in her wedding. The preparation of bridal showers and the Bachelorette Party always gets on its way, but the fun of planning can sometimes come to a fast hault when finding bridesmaid dresses... Here are some helpful Do's & Don'ts for Bridesmaids Ordering Dresses.

DO pick your bridesmaids and make sure they are comfortable paying for the costs of being a bridesmaid (the dress, alterations, accessories, and showers). Designer bridesmaid dresses will have more structure and be more appreciate by a bridesmaid, but can cost $150 and above.
The average U.S. bridesmaid spends $1,000.

DON'T bring all of your bridesmaids when shopping for the dresses. Not everyone will always agree with the style or even color that you have imagined for your day. Try to just bring your Maid/Matron of Honor to help you make the overall pick.

DO give your bridesmaids a deadline. Without a deadline bridesmaids can push off getting measured, putting down their deposit, and cause other bridesmaids to get rush fees on their dresses. You want to make sure all the information is in together to get your bridesmaid dresses cut from the same fabric. Give your maids a date to have all their information to the bridal consultant.

DON'T wait till the last minute when ordering bridesmaid dresses. Bridesmaid dresses take anywhere from 3-5 months to come in. Then most bridesmaids need alterations and need their dresses shipped to their location.

DO enjoy being the bride! Don't let bridesmaids stress you out, let them know what you expect from them, so your wedding dreams will fall smoothly into place.

1 comment:

Camille said...

Thanks for advice about choosing best wedding dresses...

Top 10 Advice on finding the DRESS!

  • Number One Rule: Be open minded! What you think reminds you of your grandmother's dress on the hanger, may in fact be the dress of your dreams.
  • Bring someone that knows your style better than their own. I'm sure the groom doesn't want to see you in something that your bestfriend would wear on her wedding day
  • DON'T PURCHASE YOUR DRESS ONLINE! You miss out on the whole experience.
  • Don't worry what the groom will think. If he loves you, he will love what you pick.
  • Have fun! Remember that you have been dreaming of this day since you were five. Don't let the decision put a cloud over your head
  • If you hate the little bow on the dress, ask the consultant if you can order it without.it. Chances are you can. Keep in mind (contrary to what the magazines always say) there might be a charge for it. It won't lower the cost of the dress.
  • Price vs. Love: If you love the dress, GO FOR IT! Don't settle for less on what your wearing for your big day. You can always take some of the budget from the centerpieces and so on. No one will know and we won't tell.
  • Research designers online and make a scrap book of styles that you like. Do keep in mind, that it may all change when you start trying on.
  • Save the group shopping for the mall. This should be a personal experience that you should only share with one or two.
  • When you find it, you find it. Don't second guess yourself or you will pick your second favorite.