The Ultimate Bridesmaid Dress Shopping Guide

April 1, 2024

isaac beachy

Wedding Tips

Hey there, lovely brides-to-be! 🌹

First off, huge congrats on your engagement! This is your time to shine, and every detail of your big day deserves to be as unique and beautiful as your love story. Speaking of details, have you started thinking about your squad’s look? Yep, we’re talking bridesmaid dresses—the ones that will compliment you as you all giggle, twirl, and dance under the twinkling lights.

Choosing bridesmaid dresses can be like trying to decide on your favorite dessert—it should be sweet, but oh boy, the options! Don’t fret though; I’ve got your back. Here are some heartfelt tips to consider when picking out the perfect bridesmaid dresses that will have your besties feeling like the rockstars they are, by your side.

Keep It Real with Comfort

When it comes to dresses, comfort is key—like, 100%. Remember, your bridesmaids will be running around, possibly in heels (bless them), and you want them smiling in those photos, not wincing because they can’t breathe. Opt for styles that flatter diverse body types and fabrics that allow for a little boogie freedom.

bridesmaids together on wedding day

Palette Perfection

Your wedding palette speaks volumes about your theme, so the dresses should sync up with it. Whether you’re a pastel princess or a bold queen, choose shades that tie it all together. Don’t be afraid to mix and match—uniformity is so last season. Your bridesmaids don’t come in one style, so why should their dresses?

Budget-Friendly Finds

Talk money first. Dresses can range from “yay” to “yikes” in price, and it’s super important to be considerate of everyone’s budget. Look for stunning but affordable options—or even consider rental services that offer high-fashion without the high price tag.

bridesmaids together on wedding day

Seasonal Sync-Up

Think seasonally! An airy chiffon might be charming for a summer soiree, while a lush velvet could give your winter wonderland wedding a cozy touch. Be mindful of the weather, and your bridesmaids will thank you for not having them shiver or sweat unnecessarily.

The Future-Wear Factor

Pick dresses that don’t scream “bridesmaid” from a mile away unless that’s the vibe you’re going for, of course. Think about styles your friends can rock again—dresses that can go from the toast to the town!

Personality Pop

Each of your besties is unique, so why not highlight that? Choosing dresses that cater to their personal styles can make them feel extra special. Get creative with accessorizing to give each lady a subtle but shiny spotlight.

bridesmaids together on wedding day

SAY YES to the Dress…Together!

Make it a day to remember. Grab your squad, schedule some appointments, and have a try-on party. This is a team effort, and seeing the dresses in action with your crew can really help make that final decision a breeze.

Alterations Are Everything

Don’t underestimate the power of a good tailor. Even the most gorgeous gown might need a nip and tuck to hug those curves just right.

Trust Your Gut and Your Gang

Last but oh-so-not least, trust your gut. You’ve got killer taste—after all, you chose them to stand by you. But don’t ignore their input; they might just help you stumble upon “The One” (well, “The Ones” for the bridesmaid dresses, that is).

Are you feeling amped up to dress your girls? I hope these tips give you a springboard to plunge into the bridesmaid dress hunt with a little less stress and a lot more fun. 🎉

Remember, this process is all about celebrating love, friendship, and the start of a beautiful new chapter. Happy dress hunting, beautiful! 💕💃


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About the Author

Heya I am Isaac Beachy, my wife and I are a wedding photo and film team. We are based in Kokomo Indiana, but we travel literally everywhere. Together, Liv and I are like peanut butter and jelly, mac and cheese, or whatever your favorite combo is! Our mission? To capture your story and so authentically that you don’t even know we are there.

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