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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 start wondering, “Wait, what? How exactly is this going to go down?” Don’t get overwhelmed! We’re here to help.

Should I make an appointment to try on bridesmaid dresses?

In short, yes! We can guarantee you more personalized attention if we know you’re coming, helping 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.  If you already have a few ideas, 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 should I bring to my 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!

Will it fit?

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. We also offer extra-length options for the particularly statuesque maid. You may still need a nip here and a tuck there to get the perfect look, and our expert alterations team will take care of it.

When should I order my bridesmaid dress?

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

Will I wear it again?

Our bridesmaid dresses start at $99.95, so you’ll find a style you love that won’t break the bank, even if you’re only wearing it for one super-special, very important, all-around awesome day. If you’re allowed to pick your own style and you want it to become a staple in your closet, choose a simpler silhouette in a classic color, and switch up the styling with different shoes, jewelry, and outerwear.

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!

Featured image by @sruthijayadevan

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