It’s your big day, but you also want your bridesmaids to feel their best while they’re walking down the aisle, so let’s start talking with them now about dresses and get their thoughts on issues like the budget, style, and fabric.
BRIDAL BOUTIQUES VS. BUDGET BRIDESMAIDS
If you decide to go with a bridal boutique, collect all of your bridesmaids’ measurements beforehand to coordinate with the boutique or designer. Just like with wedding gowns, a lot of bridesmaid dresses won’t go by standard sizing so be sure to have exact measurements for each bridesmaid’s hips, chest, and natural waist and schedule a second fitting a couple weeks out from the wedding day, so all of your maids have a chance to try it again.
If you bought your wedding gown at a bridal boutique, you might qualify for a discount on bridesmaids gowns that are purchased there. You can also check off-the-rack bridesmaid dress vendors like J. Crew or Ann Taylor. Even department stores and the dress departments of your favorite stores are good places to scout when you’re looking for casual, off-beat, or unique bridesmaids gowns. Solid cotton or silk gowns look great with necklaces or fun belts, and who doesn’t love mix-and-match gowns in similar colors but different styles?
BUYING THE DRESS
When it comes to paying for bridesmaid dresses, usually the bridesmaids cover the cost of the dress. If that’s the case, make sure you’re taking price into consideration – these are your favorite people after all! If you have your heart set on a dress that seems like a stretch for one or more of your bridesmaids, you might want to chip in even if it’s just between the two of you.
Whatever the case, don’t let this stress you out. Finding a great dress is awesome. Having your besties standing next to you, excited to be there and feeling valued is even better, no matter what they’re wearing.You don’t have to find the dresses this week, but we’ll aim to scratch them off your list in the next four weeks. (We’ll remind you again in week 22.)
At this point, we’ve got your wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, wedding season and style in the bag, you’re in position to tackle the blooms and bouquets. If you’re working with an all-in-one wedding planner or designer, she’ll likely play a big part in helping you choose your floral designs, too. If that’s the case, your life just got a lot easier and you have one less contract to sign.
But if you’re still in the market for someone to bring your flower fantasies to life, now is a good time to start tracking down your floral designer. Think of your floral arrangements as a work of art – look for your artist!
“I love the floral planning meeting!” says Camden Chitwood of Emerson Events. “I think it’s important as a florist and designer to get people excited about color, texture and design. I always give my input and ideas and show a lot of visuals. I collect as much information from the bride or groom about their vision, likes, dislikes, and then we brainstorm together to create the perfect design.”
Spend some time this week collecting your inspiration, photos, and color swatches and reaching out to floral designers in your area.
When shopping for flowers, you’re sure to encounter some or all of the following.
- Aisle Decorations
- Reception Hall Decorations
- Flower Girls
- Cake embellishments
If it seems like a lot to take in, take a peek at your budget and reference your Top Three Things. In the scheme of your wedding planning priorities, where do flowers fall? Knowing how much you can spend and what you’d like to spend it on will help when decisions come into play.