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Should I Buy my Wedding Dress Before Going Shopping for my Bridesmaids' Dresses?

Should I Buy my Wedding Dress Before Going Shopping for my Bridesmaids' Dresses?

When you decide to go shopping for a wedding dress, it is possible that you might want to shop for the bridesmaids’ dresses as well. However, you might not be entirely sure whether you should do all this at the same time or if you should buy the bridesmaids dresses later on. Here are a few suggestions to guide you on when you should buy your wedding dress and the bridesmaids’ dresses.

Choose the Wedding Dress First

It might come as a surprise to you, but most bridal boutiques will never let your bridesmaids try on their dresses before you have chosen your wedding dress. The reason why most boutiques insist on this is to make sure that the dresses your bridesmaids select will match with the wedding dress you have selected. This is very important because you need the colors to be in harmony during the wedding day. It might seem rude to some people, but it is a good idea to choose the wedding dress first before buying the bridesmaids’ dresses.

Vendor’s Input

It is possible for you to buy the wedding dress from one shop and the bridesmaids’ dresses from another one. However, even if you buy from different shops, the vendor will still want to know the colors, style, and material so that they can offer you their professional opinion. Even if you buy the wedding dress in a different shop, you will still have to buy the wedding dress before the bridesmaids’ dresses.

One Single Appointment

While it is recommended that you buy the wedding dress first before purchasing the bridesmaid's dresses, you might find that you do not have enough time to make several separate appointments. In such a case, you can decide to combine the appointments and do the whole thing at once. You can buy the wedding dress and the bridesmaids’ dresses at the same time. However, it is worth noting that you will still have to pick the wedding dress first so that you and your bridesmaids can have the opportunity to select bridesmaids’ dresses that blend with your wedding dress.

Consider Your Finances

While you could buy a wedding dress 12 months before the wedding takes place,  you might want to hold off buying the wedding dress so early. There are changes that might happen along the way. You might find that you have gained or lost weight. In such a case, you can discuss with your bridesmaids about your style, colors, and material for the dress. That way, you can give them a chance to shop for their dresses before you buy your wedding dress. They will be able to make informed decisions regarding style, colors, and materials.