Things to Consider When Shopping for Bridesmaid Dresses
When choosing your bridesmaid dresses, consider thinking about the body styles of your girls over a certain style that you might like. You may be wanting a style that looks better on a size 4 when your bridal party may all be sizes 10 and up.
Your bridal party will love you if you are considerate of their tastes. Something that can be worn again and is not swamp green in color may be greatly appreciated!
Remember that everybody may not feel comfortable in sleeveless. Think about Susie that had a baby 2 months ago and is still working on getting back in shape. I have done a lot of bridesmaid alterations and have heard, "I could just kill her for picking this out."
If you are able to keep your size range close, that is great. i.e.: 2, 4, and 6. If you are not so lucky and you come up with a 2, 4, 8, and 14 you may want to allow the girls to pick out their own bridesmaid dresses as long as you approve it and the dresses match in color.
In the example above, a 2-piece may work better with the size 14. I very much like 2-piece dresses because they can be easier to work with when you have fit issues. Vendors will usually sell different styles within the same collection and a little variance amongst the girls can be tasteful, especially if all the bridesmaids look their best!
Bridesmaids should have their dresses at least 30-60 days before the wedding to allow time for alterations, but try not to order the dresses too soon! I once had a bride order dresses almost a year in advance and did not know that she had a pregnant bridesmaid. The wedding happened when the bridesmaid was in her 8th month. They were able to order extra fabric and I was able to alter the dress, but you never know what can happen.
I want to wish all you future brides luck with choosing the right dresses for everyone in the bridal court!
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