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Bridesmaid Dress Shopping: What to Expect

She asked, you said yes, now it’s time to shop!

Your bestie (or sister, or cousin, or roomie) asked you to be by her side on the biggest day of her life. What an exciting time! As you prepare to find a beautiful bridesmaid dress you may get a little overwhelmed. We’re here to help. THE experts in bridesmaid dress shopping offer top tips for a no-stress bridesmaid dress. When to order, how to shop, budget and save BIG!

Make an Appointment to Try On Bridesmaid Dresses

We always recommend making an appointment with one of our David’s Bridal stores near you. Booking an appointment, especially if planning on visiting during a weekend, guarantees you a more personalized and attentive visit. During this appointment, we will help you get acquainted with our collection of bridesmaid dresses and, if the bride hasn’t already chosen, our palette of more than 60 colors. But that’s not to say we can’t accommodate a walk-in visit! We’d love to see you—and will help you find a style you love—at any time.

Pre-appointment Planning

Once you’ve picked a day to come to your nearest David’s Bridal location, do a little research on styles you might like to try on. The most important step before you start searching is to ask the bride for her opinion and vision. You want to make sure that the dress you pick fits in line with exactly what she wants on her wedding day. If you already have a few specific styles in mind, go ahead and save your favorites to talk about with your stylist by clicking the heart on the product image, or pin it! If you’re not sure where start, take our bridesmaid style quiz for personalized recommendations, browse our #DBMaids posts on Instagram, or check out real maids in our dresses for inspiration.

What To Bring To An Appointment

You really don’t need much, other than yourself! You may want to bring the undergarments and shoes you plan to wear to the wedding—but if you haven’t picked them out yet, no worries. We can help with them, and other accessories too!

Size Guide

Our bridesmaid dresses are offered in sizes 0–30, and you can try on a dress in your size to get an idea of how your specific style will fit. At your appointment, you will get expertly measured, so make sure you are ordering your correct size for maximum comfort. We also offer extra-length options for the statuesque maid. You may still need a little nip and tuck to get the perfect fit, our expert alterations team will make the right adjustments in order to take care of it.

Ordering Your Dress Ahead of Time

In general, you should shop about six months out to allow for the order to arrive and any alterations needed. Are you a bridesmaid on a shorter timeline? We have many dress options at your local store that are available to take home. Or consider our ready-to-ship bridesmaid dresses that will arrive in days. For a maid shopping further out from her event, allow up to 18 weeks for special order styles, sizes, or colors to arrive.

Budget and Save Big

When buying your dress, make sure you are clear about your budget and what you can afford. Our bridesmaid dresses start at $99.95, so we’re sure you’ll find a style you love that won’t break the bank. Remember, you are wearing it for one super-special, very important, all-around awesome day. If you’re allowed to pick your own style, consider choosing one that you could wear again and it could be a staple in your closet. Choose a simpler silhouette in a classic color, and switch up the styling with different shoes, jewelry, and outerwear. Lastly, don’t forget to sign up for our Diamond Loyalty program to save some $$!

Keep reading: we have so much more inspiration and guidance for bridesmaids then book your bridesmaid dress shopping appointment or find your local store to get started!

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