Grab your girls and lets go shopping! How to make picking the bridesmaid outfits a piece of (wedding) cake...
#1 If you're happy to let your bridesmaids choose their own outfits, let them know in advance of your shopping trip
This way, they can have a pre-shopping browse and have a rough notion of the sort of thing they would (or would not) like to wear. Create a Pinterest board and give them all access so they can pin ideas and see what everyone else has in mind.
#2 If you have a specific idea of what you want them to wear, do some research in advance
Equally, if you have a precise vision of what you want them to look like on your wedding day, be clear about this. Do some research and find out which stores/online boutiques stock what you're after.
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#3 Be upfront if you expect them to foot the bill themselves
Let them know ASAP so they can factor this into their wedding day budgetting.
#4 If possible, get all your bridesmaids together when you go shopping
This will require plenty of notice and a fair bit of diary co-ordination, depending on how many you're having. If you're ordering dresses online, it can be fun to host a trying-on party at your home - just make sure your groom is out for the day!
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#5 Don't necessarily expect one dress to suit them all
A gorgeous halterneck column dress might well look gorgeous on one of your maids - but that's not to say it will match them all! Look at different necklines and hemlines in order to make sure your maids all feel their most comfortable and gorgeous on your big day.
#6 Schedule in a coffee (or even better - champagne!) break
Shopping can be exhausting work - so make sure there's time for some relaxation, as well. After all, it's meant to be fun - so dragging yourselves from shop to shop when you'd rather be catching up over a cappuccino is entirely unnecessary!
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#7 Finally: have a plan
If you're hitting a shopping mall or city centre, have a clear idea of where you want to go. (What's not to love about route planning?) This will make things more organized on the day, as well as giving you the satisfaction of being able to tick places off once you've visited them.