Skip the Bridal Shop When Searching for Bridesmaids’ Dresses

Skip the Bridal Shop, Searching for Bridesmaids’ Dresses

Ara and Nick’s bridesmaids looked beautiful in short, coral dresses and cowboy boots! Photo by: Tony Elena Smith Photography

Are you in the process of planning your wedding, and feeling bad about asking your bridesmaids to spend hundreds of dollars on dresses you know they’ll never actually want to wear again? While it is improtant to remember that this is your big day, and the people that love you will do all they can to make sure it lives up to your dreams, including wearing dresses they wouldn’t have picked themselves, there is no reason you have to resort to super expensive bridesmaids gowns, particularly if you don’t just love their style anyway. In fact, there are a lot of fun (and affordable) ways to avoid hitting the bridal shops, when it comes to picking bridesmaids dresses!

Pick a Color Scheme, Instead of a Dress Style

If you want your girls to feel great, and to actually highlight their unique personalities and styles, instead of trying to hide them, why not choose a color palette instead of a specific dress style? This allows your bridesmaids to choose a variety of dresses, namely ones that actually flatter them and that they might want to wear again.

From “shades of soft pink,” as a stipulation, to Little Black Dresses, it really is up to you what perimeters you put on your bridesmaids’ shopping.

Many brides like the eclectic look of mismatched gowns, and even seperates. This is a great way to create this look for your bridal party. (Consider having the groomsmen wear different shades of suits, shirts, or ties, as well!)

Just be specific about your vision for your big day, and know that it is totally okay to retain veto power. In other words, ask your friends to send you pics before they purchase their ideal gowns. That way you know that what they’re getting will work with the vision you have. Then everybody wins!

Go Shopping Together, Just Not at Bridal Shops

If you like the look of a more cohesive bridal party, but don’t want to resort to the big bridal retailers, why not plan a girls’ day out to go dress shopping at some less common shops. From your favorite department store, to a local boutique you love, do some scouting beforehand and narrow your options to a few shops that have some promising dresses. That way you don’t get overwhelmed with choices.

This is particularly easy to do if you want a casual look, such as tealength skirts with blouses (a super fun look for spring weddings and reception!).