10 Do’s and Don’ts of Bridesmaid Dress Shopping


For some brides, one of the most challenging parts of wedding planning is finding the perfect gown to say “I Do” in! But many would say that finding the perfect bridesmaid dresses can prove to be just as, if not more, difficult than wedding dress shopping. When you shop for a wedding dress, you’re typically looking for one dress to go on one body type, however, if you have more than one bridesmaid, chances are they are going to come in all different shapes and sizes making the task of finding the perfect bridesmaid dress a tad more challenging.

I’ve been bridesmaid dressing for myself as well as to accompany other people and, from my experiences, was able to make a list of 10 “Do’s and Don’ts” for anyone who is is about to embark on the adventure that is bridesmaid dress shopping:

  1. DO: Schedule Ahead of Time
    DON’T: Schedule so far in advance everyone forgets
  2. DO: Speak to your bridesmaids about a budget that they are comfortable with
    DON’T:Look at dresses way outside the budget
  3. DO: Make more than one appointment
    DON’T: Overbook
  4. DO: Be open to different options
    DON’T: Research so many looks that you get confused
  5. DO: Discuss styles and preferences beforehand
    DON’T: Make the bride feel guilty just because you don’t like the dress
  6. DO: Have the bridesmaids come to try on the dresses
    DON’T: Have a whole entourage of extra guests/judges
  7. DO: Bring/Wear the right Underwear
    DON’T: Be surprised if you end up seeing other people’s underwear in the process
  8. DO: Take a Break to Eat
    DON’T: Eat something that’ll will get you out of the shopping zone
  9. DO: Take this as a bridesmaid bonding opportunity
    DON’T: Take the focus away from the bridesmaid (everything else is about the bride and groom, nice to have some time to focus on the girls)
  10. DO: Have Fun!
    DON’T: Stress (plenty of other things in the wedding to stress about, this should be the fun part)




Every bridesmaid dress shopping experience will be different. Some will be short and sweet, while others may be a gruelling series of tiresome appointments. In any case, these “Do’s and Don’ts” should help to at least make the experience less stressful and more fun!

Have any tips to share based on your own experiences? Please feel free to share them in the comments below!

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