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Bridesmaid Dresses 101: Tips and Tricks on Making Your Pick as Stress Free as Possible

Bridesmaid Dresses 101: Tips and Tricks on Making Your Pick as Stress Free as Possible

You’ve got your man, your maids and your mom cried when you "said yes to the dress!"

But what will your bridesmaids sport on your big day? You want them to feel beautiful and honored at your wedding because these are your GIRLS! They’ve been by your side through thick and thin. You want to choose a dress that reflects your wedding style and a combination of your ladies' tastes. Insert all the feels.

First things first. You need your wedding color scheme, your wedding date, a venue and to select your own wedding dress before your bridesmaid dresses are picked out. This will help you narrow down your options with color, and even the material & length of the dress depending on the season. 

Ground Rules

  • DO NOT give them a Pinterest free-for-all! If you have specific things in mind, you aren’t a ‘Bridezilla’ for having a preference.
  • Include them in the decision, but don’t let their opinions overwhelm you. It might be smart to pick your top 3 bridesmaid dress options with someone you trust, like your mom or the maid of honor, and then get feedback on styles and pricing from all your bridesmaids. Encourage them to be honest, yet open-minded.
  • Be sure that your dress is distinctly different, yet complimentary to the bridesmaid dresses. You want to stand out as the bride, but also look great as a group.
  • Oftentimes, the bridal shop where you purchased your wedding dress will offer a discount on bridesmaid dresses if they are bought at the same place. Offer this as an incentive for your ladies! 
  • Think inside a box. If you are having a tough time finding dresses in stores or if your bridesmaids live all over the country you can always look into some online rental options such as Rent the Runway or Union Station.

There are so many gorgeous wedding trends around bridesmaid dress combinations right now! We’ve seen plenty of brides highlighting her Maid of Honor with a slightly different dress than the other bridesmaids. We've even seen mismatched combinations of colors, textures and cuts within the group. All are beautiful! But, regardless of if you want to jump in on these trends or keep it classic - know you can’t go wrong! This day will offer you, your groom, and all your friends and family so many memories and joy. Pick bridesmaid dresses that honor your style and preferences and move on to the important part - make your maids feel as loved and beautiful as they truly are!

Photo from Emily + Jamie's wedding. Photographed by Happy Everything Co.

Bridesmaids 101: How to Make the Ask

Bridesmaids 101: How to Make the Ask

So your fiancee popped the question. YAY! Now it is time for you to do the same and ask your favorite girls to join your bridal party. Consider this a big deal, especially since they could be dishing out some money for your big day! It's easy to get creative and show the girls just how much they mean to you. Let's be real, it would mean a lot for them to accept this position! Being a bridesmaid is an honor but also a big job! Here are a few fun ways to say, "Will you be my bridesmaid?"

Gift Box

Any bridesmaid would love a gift box full of bridesmaid and wedding day essentials. Make the box themed around your wedding and make it personal by writing a hand-written note to each girl.  


A new piece of jewelry is a GREAT way to get your friends excited about the wedding! This could be a personalized piece or a necklace, bracelet or ring they may wear during the wedding. Trendy knot rings or bracelets are a cute and fun way to say “help me tie the knot! “

Sweet Treats

Any girl loves a sweet treat AND if it is cute and personalized, how can you go wrong?! Think about making it to match your theme and colors of your wedding! How can they say no?

Robes/ Monogrammed Shirts

On your wedding day, most brides chose to get pictures taken during the “getting ready” process. What is cuter than all having matching outfits to get ready in? Ask your favorite girls with a cute robe or button up shirt, that is easy to get ready in, that won’t mess up hair or makeup, once ready!


Are you looking for a good way to end the night out with the girls? Try asking them with a personalized bottle of their favorite wine or champagne! Make it even more fun with a personalized wine glass or drinking glass.

Photo from Jenna + Lakes Wedding photographed by Karli Ryan.