I always said when I went wedding dress shopping I would only go with a select few. The more people you have, the more opinions you’re getting. That means the more people you have to “please.” Unfortunately, my people-pleasing side won out. I still found a dress but all of the, “I just thought I’d see you in ___,” and, “I prefer a ____ style,” was exhausting. It was a fun process but there were too many for my tastes – and a few that invited themselves and I couldn’t see a way out of it. That was frustrating as all get out.
*If you have a lot of bridesmaids, say more than 4-5, pick a date. Don’t try to work around everyone’s schedules or you’ll go mad. Pick a decent day, say we’re going to go look, and if they can’t make it text them pictures. You may not even find one that day.
*Please start early. I was really, really hacked off when I had to pay a $50 rush shipping charge for a bridesmaid dress because they weren’t picked out early. That was on top of a $300 dress. (And unfortunately, it was ugly.)
*Make an appointment, wherever you go. You’ll get better service. David’s Bridal has been a mad house every time I’ve ever been there.
*Unless all of your bridesmaids are the same figure (lucky you!!!) you’ll have some that may like this and some that may not like that. I have one that’s extremely conservative with her clothing. Her dress will have sleeves. In the grand scheme of things, it won’t matter. She’ll still be beautiful. I’ll have one that will be 9 months pregnant. Her dress will be a maternity dress. She’ll be stunning. They’re the same fabric, along the same style, and it’ll be fine. 🙂
*Be very clear if you have certain ideas about shoes and accessories, too. If you have a preference make it known well in advance. Most will be fine with it as long as they’re given notice.
*Have fun, and don’t expect to find the perfect dresses on the first try. Just go and enjoy it the first time!
No matter how many bridesmaids you have, I would shop for their dresses separately. Make the bridesmaid dress shopping about them, not about you. And make the wedding dress shopping about YOU, not them. And keep the price of the bridesmaid dress low. They pay a LOT of money for a dress they’ll never wear again.
Have you considerd renting? We’re renting all of ours from RenttheRunway.com for four days and it’s a fabulous dress for a fraction of the price of buying. Just something to consider.