When you’re calling the shots on your bridesmaids dresses, your decisions have the potential of causing some conflict. If you’re not careful, what you thought would be a cakewalk will turn into a long old slog. Fortunately, a bit of expert knowledge can give you a leg up, and we aren’t stingy about sharing what we’ve learned over the years.
There are plenty of pitfalls that await first timers but take a look at our guide on how to keep your bridesmaids happy, to keep ahead of the curve.
To that end, we’ve prepared a short guide on what to expect, and strategies that you can employ to avoid the potential hassles that are often associated with dress purchases.
Dress Procurement 101
Manage expectations. Everyone has an opinion, and they’re never shy to share it, we would advise taking one or two of your closest bridesmaids along on your search. What we are saying, is that having too many cooks in the kitchen spoils the broth. Limit selection duty to yourself and one or two other individuals. Two at the most. This way you’ll be able to get some ideas and make a quick decision when it’s time to pull the trigger.
Have a plan
A lack of plan can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Take some time before you start looking to narrowing your criteria and get a feel for what styles you like and what will suit your theme. Many factors will influence appropriate dress choices. Make sure you know about the wedding location, season, colour scheme, and other pertinent details going in. Dark green bridesmaid dresses might go well with your lush forest wedding, but could clash with a lightly coloured spring palette.
Ask yourself some questions. Will the dresses need accessories? Will you need custom sizes? Alterations? Envision what you believe would be the “perfect dress.” Make sure you are managing your budget to avoid any awkward conversations with your bridesmaids further down the line. Formulating a game plan will help you stay on target and keep you from becoming discouraged when you’re met with setbacks.
Keep an open mind
You have probably stalked your dream dresses on Instagram of Pinterest but the reality may not be so easy. There may be a number of issues between you and your ideal bridesmaid dresses. They may not suit the shape of your bridesmaids. They may not be feasible. When it comes to the crunch, there may be budget limitations. You may come to find out that what works, in theory, is impractical in reality.
No matter what, keep an open mind, and be receptive to the possibility of altering your original idea. Staying optimistic while managing your expectations is a good strategy for minimizing the stress that comes with having your original concepts dashed. As a corollary to this, take the suggestions of stylists and tailors to heart. They have experience in this area after all, and there’s a good chance you’ll end up agreeing with their advice.
Don’t forget to have fun
Remember that this is an exciting time for you and for your bridesmaids. Planning is serious business, but it doesn’t have to be devoid of enjoyment. As long as you have a positive outlook and a little more patience than you would normally, then you should be able to glide through the selection process.
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