As any bride with a big family or more friends than they can count knows, sometimes it is impossible to cut down the number of their bridesmaids to a manageable amount. When you have more than 5 bridesmaids, it can be a lot to handle. We have seen it all and have compiled a list of things you can do to make finding the perfect bridesmaids dresses easier!
Do your homework
First thing! Make some decisions about what you would like your bridesmaids to look like and a comfortable budget. Do you want everyone in one color and different styles? Are you incorporating different colors and dresses into your scheme like you saw on Pinterest? Maybe it feels like a safer option to put everyone in the same style and color….After you have decided how you want your bridesmaids to look, now it is time to look at dresses online. Our designer Sorella Vita allows you to actually see a bridesmaid dress you like on their website in your wedding colors. This year we have a lot of brides asking for Mauve which Sorella Vita has named Rosewood.
Here is a gorgeous Sorella Vita bridesmaid dress as it is on the website
Now here it is in their new color Rosewood…
You could really spend hours looking at all of the beautiful bridesmaid dresses online but trust us, it really will be a time saver.
Pre-select bridesmaids dresses
Before setting up an appointment with all 10-17 of your girls to look at bridesmaids dresses, go through the list and choose a few with different body types and those of whose opinions matter most to you. It is best to choose a smaller group of bridesmaids to narrow down the style choices. If you bring all of your bridesmaids to an appointment it can become hectic. Everyone wants their voices heard and with so many people trying to give you their opinions at once, it can be overwhelming. Once you have narrowed down the styles and colors bring in a few of your bridesmaids in at a time to try them on. We recommend no more than 5.
Remember this is your wedding
There’s always one bridesmaid who will protest the style or color bridesmaid dress you want her to wear. Some bridesmaids will try to get you to change the color scheme or her style of dress. It is o.k. to want to make them happy and make some changes, it is not o.k. to have to go to a hundred stores looking for prom-like dresses with cut outs and more sparkle than your dress has to please one bridesmaid. Believe it or not, we have seen this way too many times. Don’t lose focus of your vision for your big day!
Put your Maid/Matron of Honor(s) to work!
With so many bridesmaids to keep track of, it may be easier for you to enlist the help of your MOH. Hopefully this is the ride-or-die friend or no-nonsense sister who will be able to help you set up appointments, send texts and email to the bridal party, and keep problem bridesmaids from causing you stress. Maybe have them follow up with the bridal store to make sure that everyone has paid for their dresses and that the order has been placed. Planning your wedding can be an emotional process. Let them help you!
Shopping for bridesmaids dresses should be fun! Be prepared and it will be!