(Closed) BM Dress Shopping Tips?

posted 8 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
3709 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

If your BMs own them, have them wear strapless bras…makes it easier to try on a variety of dresses.

Leave the thongs/racy underwear at home. I have heard some horror stories from bridal consultants about brides/BMs that come in wearing thongs

Also, it was helpful to me to not wear any jewelry so that I can really see how the dress looked on me.

Post # 5
1954 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I would recommend finding out what price your friends are comfortable spending (assuming they are paying for the dresses). Since your colors are red, a fairly easy to color to find, I would remember that you are not limited to just “bridesmaids” dresses. You can find some beautiful dresses that might be more wearable if you don’t resign your search to bridal boutiques. Good luck with your search!

Post # 7
900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Plan lunch ahead of time.  Probably 3 stores max.  Everyone starts to get really cranky at the second store!

Post # 8
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

If you can, take pictures of all the girls in the dress(es) you decide on.  I only did this for 3 of my girls and wish I took pics of the rest of the ladies.  Also, don’t let the sales associate hassle you.  If you don’t need her help, politely tell her you and your ladies can work on this and you will ask her if you have any questions.  My SA kinda ruined my experience.  She was constantly talking to me and telling me things about dresses when I literally told her I don’t care what color, fabric, style or if the girls wear the same dress.  Good luck!

Post # 9
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

1) discuss price first and make sure everyone is on the same page

2) set expectations first (color, length, style… whatever you’re sure about)

3) have them wear strapless bras

4) thank them profusely 

5) buy them breakfast (seriously… everyone is in a better mood on a fully belly)


I went shopping with 2 of my 3 bms a few weeks ago and it was SO fun. I’d say one of my top 3 wedding planning days. 🙂

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