Ask the Expert: What Are Some Tips for Finding the Perfect Bridesmaids’ Dresses?

Expert: Bridesmaids and Formalware Experts, Bella Bridesmaids

What are some tips for finding the perfect bridesmaids’ dresses?

At Bella Bridesmaids, we understand that it can be challenging to select a dress for someone else that beautifully matches your wedding day aesthetic while still making the wearer feel just as beautiful.

During your scheduled appointment at our showroom, one of our experienced stylists will work with you exclusively to understand your specific wants and needs and guide you through the fabrics, colors, and styles to find that quintessential look for your dream day!

We also offer virtual appointments in which you can get connected to your own expert stylist for a personalized consultation without leaving your house if you prefer.

Following is our list of “Bridesmaid Dress Shopping Do’s & Don’ts” as well as some helpful tips regarding COVID-19 protocol in our showroom that will have you prepared to shop for your perfect dress:

Before You Visit

DO have some general ideas re. your vision for your bridesmaids’ dresses.

Making some basic decisions (i.e. preferred color(s), length of the dress, style, same style for all or varying styles, etc.) before visiting will ensure you leave your appointment feeling accomplished, not confused.

DON’T forget to schedule your appointment at Bella Bridesmaids.

All of our dresses come in different fabrics, colors, and price points so making an appointment guarantees one of our Bella stylists will be available to help and also ensures that a fitting room is available for you.

DO select your Wedding Gown prior to shopping for your bridesmaids’ dresses.

Be sure that you have selected your wedding gown before deciding what your maids will wear as your dress really sets the tone and formality for your wedding and your bridal party attire should complement your dress.

DON’T procrastinate.

Typically it can take anywhere from 2 – 6 months to make and receive your bridesmaid dresses, depending on the designer. We recommend that your dresses arrive a month or so before your wedding so that your bridesmaids have plenty of time for any possible alterations. While some designers will accommodate rush orders for an additional fee, you’ll have a wider array of options without the additional rush charge if you plan accordingly.

DO determine your price range.

Knowing what you want to spend or will ask your bridesmaids to spend will help to avoid the disappointment of finding what you thought was your dream dress only to discover it’s not economically feasible.

DON’T hesitate to contact us with any questions.

We are here for you! Feel free to reach out if you are looking for answers regarding price points, specific designers that we carry, etc.


At Your Appointment

DO bring 1-2 bridesmaids with you to your initial appointment.

It’s always helpful to have your bridesmaids model selected styles. If your girls vary greatly in terms of size, it can be beneficial to bring 2 girls that differ in size so you can evaluate style/fit/coverage on contrasting body types.

DON’T bring your entire wedding party to the initial appointment.

While 1 or 2 opinions might be helpful to you, so many opinions can be overwhelming.

DO let your stylist know any pertinent info. about your wedding party.

Be sure to make your stylist aware of any circumstances that might require some additional consideration such as the need for maternity styles or styles that offer extended size options.

DON’T bring beverages and food to partake during your appointment. Your bridesmaids will be busy changing in and out of dresses so modeling doesn’t really allow for eating and drinking and we want to keep the focus on selecting your perfect bridesmaid dresses.


Helpful Tips Related to COVID-19

We will require all individuals in our showroom to wear masks. Please bring your own mask with you but if you forget, we will be happy to provide one.

Based on recent state and local guidelines we are restricting the number of people in the showroom. Please limit your guests to two trusted individuals. YOU + TWO will be the perfect combo for finding dresses for your big day!

We will require a temperature check upon arrival for everyone in your party. If you or anyone in your party is experiencing symptoms or has been around someone who has, we ask that you reschedule for another time.

Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible. We will be spacing our appointments out to protect you as well as our employees. Therefore, we will be unable to allow you to enter the showroom prior to your appointment time or stay longer than the allotted time for your appointment.

We can’t wait to help you find the perfect dresses for your Big Day!

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