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5 Tips for Choosing Bridesmaid Dresses

Wendy LynchComment
  1. Start with color. Every bridesmaid line has a variety of colors that - with the exception of black, navy, ivory and white - are unique to them. So if you are seeking the color to match your fiance’s eyes, start by looking at the swatches for each line to make sure you’re shopping the right collection. Nothing is worse than spending a few hours narrowing down the selections only to learn that collection does not have the color that you need.

  2. Determine what your bridesmaids can afford to spend. It might be tempting to shop online for your girls, but it goes without saying that sometimes you get what you pay for. We have rescued many a bridesmaid party who ordered dresses online only to learn that the quality was poor and would have looked horrible in photos, sizing was off (way off), or they simply did not ship in time. At Bon Bon Belle, we collect all information up front so that we manage the entire process for you from start to finish. We communicate regularly with the bride to ensure none of the party experiences rush fees, and works closely with the designers to ensure on time delivery, with enough time for alterations.

  3. Review your line up and understand your girls’ needs. If you are intent on having all of your bridesmaids in the same style, take into consideration the various heights, shapes, and features each girl has. The best thing you can do is make sure that they are comfortable with the dress they are wearing because your photos will capture their comfort (or discomfort) beautifully.

  4. Advance planning is required. It’s great to start shopping for bridesmaid dresses immediately after you buy your wedding gown. In fact, if you buy your wedding gown at Bon Bon Belle, all of your bridesmaids receive 15% off their bridesmaid dress if they come in for an appointment and order within 30 days of you buying your bridal gown. That’s a huge savings! And on top of that, we steam all of your gowns so that they are fresh & ready for your big day, free of charge.

  5. Styles, trends, and timelessness. One trend that has remained tried & true for decades is the long chiffon bridesmaid dress. The color can vary, the design elements might subtly change, but long bridesmaid dresses have stood the test of time gracefully. When picking the fabric for your girls, it’s important to remember that if you allow them to select their own fabric (lace, chiffon, satin, taffeta, stretch knit, etc.) you’ll want to consider how the light effects them in photos when all of your girls are photographed together. Shinier materials will always catch the light more than others. It’s often best to have them all in the same fabric (not necessarily the same as yours) which will maintain consistency in your photos.

  6. One extra tip for good luck… The rule of thumb is to allow at least 6-8 weeks for alterations. This reduces stress on the bride, which is absolutely lovely, as well as the entire wedding party.

If you have any questions about bridesmaid shopping, please call us! We love to help. 262.767.8850

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Do you have what it takes to be a Maid of Honor?

Wendy LynchComment

Here are the Top 5 Things you'll need to be the best Maid of Honor in the history of the world.

1) TIME

Time is free, but your time is valuable. The amount of time it takes to serve your Bride likely won't astonish you. But all is not lost, remember that with careful planning you can rock this role. If, however, you are due to be a) out of the country, b) laid up on bed rest, or c) not inclined to be available - you may just want to opt out (advice on that below).

2) MONEY

There are a few responsibilities that come along with serving as your Bride's MOH. First, you are on point to host or share hosting responsibilities for a bridal shower and quite possibly, the bachelorette party. Between planning, hosting, buying food, buying gifts, just those two responsibilities can add up. Add on a bridesmaid dress, shoes, and wedding gift and you're climbing north of more than a few hundred dollars (on average). 

3) PATIENCE

Not all brides are created equal. Shows like Say Yes to the Dress! might lead you to believe that the world's cup runneth over with bridezillas but that (luckily) just isn't the case. BUT... there are serious amounts of decisions to be made that would drive the sanest of the bridal bunch to go half mad, so it falls on the shoulders of the MOH to be calm, rational, and help her Bride through the muddy waters of planning. So if you can see yourself choosing to not agree that planning a wedding is one of the hardest things she'll do in her life, and instead feel you have the superpower to build up her resolve with inspiring positive words, you might be wearing that MOH Crown one day soon. 

4) CONNECTIONS

This is an area where you can earn some well deserved street cred. If you have connections to vendors that your Bride needs to know - you are one step ahead and that type of help is very, very valuable. And just so you know, Bon Bon Belle Bridal should definitely be your bridal salon choice - just say you know the girls there; we've got your back!

5) LEADERSHIP SKILLS

Trust me when I say this is the most important of the five. Ever been in a wedding where the bridesmaids don't all get along? There might be a small amount of friction, or full-on jealousy. Whatever the cause, it will be up to you to make sure the seas are safe to travel. Drama is almost as certain on a wedding day as the sun will rise (did you hear about the wedding where the drone knocked out the groom right before he said "I do!"?). But with your keen leadership skills making sure that everyone feels loved and heard, you can absolutely lead the biggest day in your Bride's life to sweet victory. It just takes the voice of a well seasoned leader (and some kind words to make everyone feel good about where they fit in the friendship group).

So, do YOU have what it takes?

No? Simply let the Bride know how much you adore her and how flattered you are, but that you are not sure you have what it takes to make sure it's the most amazing day. Offer to think through other options with her. And, if all else fails, suck it up and be there for her because it truly is an incredible honor to be asked in the first place. <3

Much love.

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