(Closed) Best way to buy bridesmaid dresses?

posted 4 years ago in Bridesmaids
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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brunette7285 :  I would start by asking them their budget. Everything else would be wasting time, if you don’t know what they want to spend.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

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julies1949 :  agreed 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

ditto above, ask what their budget is

then yes, just take your Maid/Matron of Honor and pick a dress, or pick a designer and a colour and tell them to get whatever dress they want in the length/designer/colour you have selected

Speaking from a many-times-bridesmaid perspective, getting all the BMs together to go shopping is the WORST and I hate it. I would much rather either go 1-on-1 with the bride or just be given instructions to go get my own… too many opinions when everyone goes and it’s annoying

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I only have two in my wedding… and one lives out of town… so I told them to find styles they liked and to share via FB messenger (group message) … I also gave them the option of wearing whatever dress they wanted as long as it was short ( july wedding) and Fuschia… Good Luck… 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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brunette7285 :  I do not want my wedding to be a financial burden for anyone. When I talked to my bridesmaids about dresses, we agreed to stay under 200, and ultimately I want them to wear something they feel beautiful in!

Post # 9
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Worker bee

Heres what i just did…last week! 

I set a realistic budget that I thought my girls would be comfortable with (mine was max $150). I also tried to choose a dress that I loved and suited the style I was going for, but one that would flatter all the girls shapes (they range from XXS to Lg). As much as a big shopping trip would be fun, one of my girls lives out of town and my life is super busy at the moment. I have enough planning with wedding stuff, full home reno and work that I chose to go just me and my sister (MOH), she tried the dress on and looked great in the xxs. I tried it on too becuase I’m a similar shape to the other girls and it worked for me. I let them know that I found the dress and they all went on their own time to try on the dress and purchased! Job accomplished!

My one bridesmaid called the way the dress was purchased underwhelming, she was anticipating getting everyone together to go on a search for a dress to wear. Honestly, taking four people with different oppinions on style and picking out something they all wanted themselves seemed stressful. I do love a good shopping day, but they all look gorg and like the dress I picked so thats all that matters in the end.


Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Sometimes you can find the dress you/they like on http://www.weddingshoppeinc.com or http://www.chichistyles.com (even if they’re different styles, etc). Both of them have actual brick-and-mortar stores in the US but do a lot of online business. They can order them themselves, and most of the time the prices are cheaper than in the stores. For my wedding my girls used ChiChi Styles, and I could manage the event online and verify the order before submitting to make sure it was all the right info, and tracking was great, and they arrived way earlier than predicted. (Would recommend.) Have heard great things about Wedding Shoppe Inc too, just don’t have personal experience using it!

Post # 11
29 posts
  • Wedding: June 2016

You all are so nice. Literally every wedding I’ve been in the bride just chose the dress on her own and emailed a link to everyone. There were times where I would have loved to have at least a little input (One wedding comes to mind where the bride chose a $300 dress that I will never wear again.)

I think it’s really nice to ask about budget and style preference first, and to take those into consideration, but I also think it’s okay to make the final decision on your own, or just with your maid of honor.

I did mismatched dresses so it made things really easy, but I know that look isn’t for everyone. 

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