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DAVID TUTERA SHARES TIPS FOR BRIDESMAID DRESS SHOPPING

04/17/17

Bridal party Shopping in 5 easy steps!

 
David Tutera | Bridesmaid Creative Designer for Gather and Gown

1 - VISUALIZE YOUR DAY

Consider the style of your dress and your vision for your wedding day.  Do you see your girls in long gowns or cocktail length dresses, chiffon, lace, tulle, sequin or satin?

If you are getting married in a warm climate, you may want to consider lighter fabrics like Chiffon and tulle.  For evening weddings you might want to check out sparkle, sequins, satin and floor length dresses. But the truth is, there are no rules. It’s your day and your choice!

Be upfront with your bridal party abut your vision. Check out styles online to get a good idea of what you like before you enter a store so you can steer your girls to the styles you like. 

 

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2 - FIND YOUR COLOR STORY

Your bridal party dress color typically drives the color decision for your table linens, center pieces, groomsmens’ accessories and your invitations, so this is a big decision! Select a color that works with the skin tones of your party and the color theme you envision for your day.  Consider the colors of the flowers you will use in your bridal bouquet. You might choose 2 colors in the same color family, while keeping the style consistent, or pick a fabric and shade and let your bridesmaids select the style that works with their own body types and budgets.

 

3 - BRING YOUR BESTIES...

                           well, maybe not all of them
Less is more when you are just starting to develop your vision of your wedding party.  Bringing 5 bridesmaids on your first time out will likely result in 5 different opinions. Save the whole party outing for once you have narrowed down your choices. 

 

 4 - BE FLEXIBLE-ish

Each silhouette will flatter some shapes better than others.  If you have a range of body types and sizes in your party, you might want to select 2 dresses in the same fabric and let your party choose the one that works best for them.  Remember, they are a big part of YOUR wedding photos, so you want them to look great.  You also want them to feel comfortable and beautiful in the styles you choose.

 

5 - CELEBRATE

Wedding planning is FUN! 

Start your shopping day with an early brunch or toast your girls with an afternoon cocktail to thank them for participating in your wedding journey! 

 Use a tool like the MY DRESSING ROOM feature on gatheandgown.com to invite your party to share dress ideas and organize your party in one convenient place.  

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