Check out dresses yourself first: Find a dress you like yourself before you ask for your bridesmaids' input. While it's important that you ask your bridesmaids' opinions before you settle on a dress, including them in the process right from the start is only going to make the decision harder. Taking all your bridesmaids with you on the first shopping trip will probably result in chaos. Find a dress you like, e_mail them a photo and ask for feedback. This gives them a starting point and an idea of your expectations. Listen to their comments on your initial choice and take it from there.
Stick to your budget: If you are asking bridesmaids to pay for their own dresses, make sure you choose something that isn't extortionately expensive. Glossy wedding magazines are full of designer bridesmaids' dresses, but you can often find something similar for a fraction of the price.
by Jamie H. Young on Aug 11, 2018 Bridesmaids