Shopping For A Bridesmaid Dress That You’ll Love

Weddings are an amazing moment in any bride’s life, made better by enjoying it with her closest girls. There’s a lot of love when it comes to bridesmaids; there’s also plenty to consider. Here are some tips as you go shopping for bridesmaid dresses that you’ll love to see on your girls:

Choose a Beautiful Fabric that Will Last

While lace, tulle and satin are some of the most popular bridesmaid dress fabrics, they can also be the most expensive. If you want to stick with the standard materials, there are plenty of ways to keep the costs down and get a gorgeous dress in the process. Whichever way you go, it would be great to get a dress that can be repurposed for other events.

Coordinate Bridesmaid Dresses with the Groom and Wedding Party

Whether you’re trying to nail both the men’s and women’s looks or create a uniform effect for the entire wedding party, you’ll want to find a gown or tux style that will work for everyone. For a very casual wedding, consider a pant-length bridesmaid dress.

Don’t Forget to Consider Your Wedding Dress (And Yourself)

Even if you’re having a small ceremony, you’ll have a sizable chunk of your wedding party to dress. You can’t afford to haggle over every one of those dresses, but you don’t want to totally overlook your own tastes either. 

Get Their Measurements

Yes, some women are self-deprecating and think they are bigger than they really are. So before you begin shopping, ask each friend to send their measurements. Do not make any bridesmaid dress decisions based on what a friend says about her size. You will be able to get a better picture of what works for your particular group when given the real numbers. It’s better to be pleasantly surprised than to accidentally exclude someone or put them in something that isn’t going to look good on them.

Know What They Want

Bridesmaid dress shopping is part science, part art—part for you and part for your friends who will be wearing the dresses. Before you even begin shopping, take the time to talk to your girls about what they do and don’t like.

You may have an idea of what you want, but until you know what your girls want, you might be wasting your time (and theirs!) trying to sell them on ideas that don’t appeal to them. If a friend is particularly fashion-forward, she may have ideas of her own that she would love to share with you.

Start Early

Consider this a rule of thumb: Start the bridal party dress shopping process no earlier than three months before the wedding (and count on 3-6 months of lead time for alterations). The timeline for ordering a dress can vary greatly, and it’s hard to predict when a true contender will come along or an order will need to be placed. Giving each bridesmaid plenty of time to decide also gives you and your budget time to handle any unexpected costs, like shipping costs and rush orders.


Getting married is a beautiful moment that everyone deserves to celebrate in style. Shop for bridesmaid dresses with no worries by keeping crucial tips in mind. This includes starting early, getting their measurements and taking into consideration their preferences.

If it’s a bridesmaid dress you need, Wilkins Bridal in Christchurch has it! We have a wide range of gowns designed in a variety of styles. Take your pick from our sensational silks, luxurious satins and flowing chiffons. Shop with us today!

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