Avoiding common mistakes when buying bridesmaids dresses

If you’ve managed to choose a group of bridesmaids of the same size and colouring, you’re on to a winner. For most brides however, their bridesmaids will all come in different shapes, sizes and ages, which makes choosing a dress that works for everyone no easy task. Should you go for the same colour but in different styles? Insist everyone wears exactly the same? Give them free rein to choose what they feel most comfortable in?

Here are a few simple things you need to consider to avoid some of the most common mistakes people make when choosing a bridesmaid dress.

Asking the wrong questions

Instead of trying to decide what dress style everyone would like, why not ask if anyone has any particular styles that would be a definite no-no? Red heads may prefer not to be in orange while strapless dresses could make taller people feel uncomfortable. It’s much easier to narrow down from a list of don’ts than from a list of must haves.

Giving too many options

The list of styles and colours is endless – more options aren’t always better in the world of bridesmaid dresses. It’s probably an idea to choose a designer you like and then narrow it down to a colour or colour family that suits everyone.

Shopping en masse

If you are looking for dresses to suit a child, a teenager and your adult best friend, you are unlikely to find something that suits all three in the same shop. It’s also worth bearing in mind that while your 7 year old over-excited cousin will want to try on everything in sight, your adult bestie is probably less than keen to have an audience watch her try on unflattering, too-large sample sizes. If you’re looking for three different dresses for different ages then set aside the time to do three separate trips.

Standing on ceremony

When it comes to actually trying on the dresses, make sure everyone has a proper move around. What looks good standing still for five minutes could totally betray you halfway through the reception. We’ve all seen our share of bridesmaid dress disasters, so encourage your bridesmaids to jump around, sit down, dance – do whatever you need them to do to ensure there are no dress malfunctions during the day.