Pro tips for finding fantastic dresses for your maids

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Finding a dress for a bride can be a joyful, but sometimes overwhelming, task. Trying to find a dress for your group of bridesmaids with different body types and personalities has the potential for chaos.

We repeat a 2015 interview with The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe owner Melissa Estess where she highlighted the top four tips for finding your bridesmaid dress.

“Shopping for bridesmaid dresses can sometimes be as overwhelming as shopping for the wedding dress!” says the Bridal Boutique of MaMe owner Melissa Estess.

I recently accompanied my newly engaged friend and her six other bridesmaids to choose our dresses for their upcoming wedding. During the excursion it became very clear that this journey is much more than just choosing a dress. Many of the same factors that play a role in the search for bridesmaid dresses mirror that of the bride purchasing her own dream dress.

Fortunately for our group, we all have similar tastes and preferences when it comes to outfits we wear and our vision for our friend’s wedding. However, this is not the case with every bridal party, especially groups with dominant opinions and objections.

Together with Estess of the Bridal Boutique from MaeMe, we have developed tips and trends for shopping the ultimate bridesmaid dress.

  1. Do the Research: When it comes to your bridesmaid’s dresses, the season, venue, and color scheme all play a role. Would you prefer long or short dresses? Are you leaning towards a darker color because of the winter or a light, airy color because it will be spring? These are all questions to ask yourself before including your bridal shower. Your opinions matter, but ultimately it has to flow with the style of your wedding.
  2. Schedule a Pre-Visit: Before inviting your entire bridal party to the store and pick out the dresses, it might be a good idea to read all of your research and ideas – plus mom or maid of honor – the multitude of designs available. That way, you can collect your thoughts and decide which options you like best before you get everyone to try them on.
  3. Think about body types: no two women are alike and that’s exactly how it should be; However, it is all the more important to find a flattering dress for everyone. According to Estess, a dress that accentuates the natural waistline is most flattering for most body types. Also, keep in mind that if any of your maids is or becomes pregnant she needs a flattering silhouette too.
  4. Don’t wait to order: when it comes to bridesmaid dresses, Estess warns against waiting for the goods to be ordered. “Bridesmaid dresses take three to four months to produce. So it is best to start shopping six to nine months in advance so that there is enough time for the dresses to arrive and the changes to be made before the wedding date, ”says Estess. Dress sizes can sometimes be tricky when it comes to bridesmaid dresses, no doubt changes are necessary and time must be allowed for the changes.

This article was originally published in the March 2015 issue of Let Them Eat Cake.

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