by Fallyn Maleski
Talk to Your Girls and Do Research
Before you begin taking all of your girls shopping to try on dresses make sure everyone knows ahead of time the overall concept and colors of your wedding. Look online for inspiration and pricing. Have conversations about long vs. short bridesmaid dresses, the mix and match style, different styles for different body types, etc.
Also, one of the most important things to discuss beforehand is the budget. What can all of your friends afford? Your girls will appreciate you taking the time to pull them aside and make sure they can afford the dress you are choosing. They love you and want to be a part of your special day but make sure you are respectful to their budgets.
Start shopping early- approximately 7-8months before the big day. This will allow enough time for the dresses to be ordered, shipped, and delivered. Once they arrive everyone will have enough time to get alterations done.
Who to Bring to the Initial Appointment
Keep it Simple!!! Not everyone has to go to the first dress appointment. Stick to your maid of honor and one or two bridesmaids. Try and pick girls who have different body shapes so you can see how every body type looks in a certain dress style. It will allow the appointment to run smoothly. Can you imagine 10 girls voicing their opinions at the same time? A decision will never be made.