Stand By Me
It's hard to remember in the sea of 'must haves' that accompany
weddings these days but having bridesmaids is not actually a 'must
have'! Feel free to say that you aren't having a group of bridesmaids
standing at the altar with you but that you will want your friends
around you when you shop for dresses, get ready etc. It sounds
terrible, but lots of women will love being 'let off the hook'.
They get the joy of helping you and being with you as you prepare
for your wedding, but don't have to worry about standing up in
front of a crowd, wearing a dress that they don't love or any
of the other things that can make being a bridesmaid less than
If you do have bridesmaids, treat them kindly! Don't force them
to wear something that you love if they really hate it! Most bridesmaids
these days are happy to pay for their own dresses to help you
out (like the groomsmen, make it clear that purchasing their dresses
is their gift to you) so how about letting them have a say in
what style and color they wear?
A great tip is to let the maids choose their own styles of gown
in their price range in the same color or complementing colors,
ideally from the same maker or store to ensure the colors match
properly. Everyone will co-ordinate perfectly and it eliminates
the hassles of maids that can't afford, don't fit into or just
don't like a dress that fits or suits a different bridesmaid.
My top 5 tips for dressing bridesmaids;
- If you have a smaller number of bridesmaids, you should start
looking in department stores rather than wedding stores. Any larger
department store will likely have enough gowns on the rack in
your maids sizes for far less than the wedding stores will charge.
- Always ask for group discounts, even if they aren't offered
to you up front. Sara saved her bridesmaids 15% each just by asking
the clerk for the best discount she could offer!
- Prom and party dresses are ideal for bridesmaids. Shop in either
pre-pre prom season or immediately post prom to pick up some serious
bargains. It's common to see dresses that were $150 on a rack
for $40 or less! Again, this works best if you have a smaller
number of bridesmaids.
- Encourage your bridesmaids to choose a style of dress that
could be worn again to formal dinners, dances and similar. A $100
dress is far better buy if it can be worn more than once.
- Keep in mind that simple dresses are often more affordable
than detailed sexy ones. Budget aside, your bridesmaids aren't
there to be sexy, they should be a classy complement to you!
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