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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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