Why you need at least 3 months to select bridesmaid gowns
Bridesmaid gowns are usually overshadowed by the bride's dress - and that's just how it should be! But beautiful bridesmaid dresses can really make for a beautiful wedding, so it's important to take your time and choose carefully.
Some bride-to-bes are so excited they buy their dresses on the spur of the moment, while others wait until the month before the wedding. But to really find the perfect bridesmaid dress, you need three months. Here's why...
Month one: Research
Grab a stack of bridal magazines and get busy! Scan for bridesmaid dresses that really catch your eye, tear them out and compare them. Aim to make 100 cuttings, then narrow them down to your favourite five. Consider what makes you like each dress - perhaps you like the colour of one and the cut of another. Combined, they could be your perfect bridesmaid dress.
Month two: Shopping
Now for the fun bit! Before you set out, compare notes with your bridesmaid. It is your wedding, but it's important that she's comfortable with your decision. Having your cuttings will help focus your search and narrow down your options. Don't buy the first bridesmaid dress you like - take a photo and come back the next week if you are still interested.
Month three: Fitting
So you've done your homework and found the dress. Your bridesmaid will need at least two different fittings before alterations can begin. Then all that's left to do is to leave plenty of time for the professionals to ensure it's a perfect fit.