How to Choose Bridesmaids Dresses

If you are planning a wedding, and have been paying attention to Fashion and Style Police, you would know January is the best time to shop for a wedding dress. So with the wedding dress out-of-the-way, you need to start thinking of bridesmaids dresses. This task can be very time-consuming, so it is best to start as soon as you can. How do you choose bridesmaids dresses? Here are some tried and tested shopping and styling tips you may find very useful if you are a bride to be.


Decide on colours and style

When I got married years ago. I decided on the colours and style I wanted for my bridesmaids and went shopping with the information in mind. The colours of the day were gold and midnight blue. I wanted my maid of honour to wear long gold dress and my bridesmaids to wear midnight blue mid-length dresses. I pictured the styles I wanted in my head already, so once I laid eyes on the dresses, I knew I wanted them.


Shop in the right stores

Shopping in the right stores saves time and money. I am a massive fan of Coast bridesmaids dresses. They are usually very chic and elegant. Bridesmaids always stand out wearing their dresses. I can always spot a Coast dress from a distance. The quality and attention to detail on Coast dresses is second to none on the high street as you can see below.


Imi Lace Maxi Dress £149

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Mel Maxi Dress £129

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Imi Lace Navy Dress £149

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Corwin Tulle Maxi £119

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Bring your bridesmaids on board

I always advise brides to bring their bridesmaids on board when choosing their dresses, especially when the bridesmaids are paying for them. It makes sense to make sure your maids are happy with the colour, style and price of the dress you have selected. You don’t want them feeling uncomfortable on the wedding day. If possible, go shopping for the dresses with as many of your bridesmaids as you can.


Try them on

Get your bridesmaids to try on the dresses as soon as possible if you don’t go shopping with them. If you have to buy any dress in the absence of a bridesmaid like I had to, make sure you have their measurements. Many are not aware of the fact that bridesmaid dresses sizes are not the same as traditional clothing ones. Which means their usual size won’t apply. It will usually go up a size or 2!


Get the shoes

The mistake I made with my girls was that I didn’t get the same shoes for all of them. I told them the colour and they are showed wearing shoes in various styles, which I didn’t really like. So, I always advise any bride to pick out shoes as well as the dress for the bridesmaids. It looks a lot better when they are all wearing the same style of shoes. And you can be sure no one would turn wearing something odd.


Find the accessories

Once the dress and shoes are sorted, the next stop is accessories. You want your bridesmaids to look beautiful, and accessories play a vital role in finishing off a look the right way. So you have to get them right. To create a stylish uniformed look, you can use pins, scarves, belts and jewelry to finish off the look.


How did you choose your bridesmaids dresses for your wedding? Are you a fan of Coast?


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Why January is the Best Time to Shop for a Wedding Dress

It’s the beginning of the year. Everything about it is new and full of promise. January doesn’t just represent new beginnings and excitement; it is also the best time of the year to shop for your dream wedding dress. That is if you have a wedding planned of course.



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In the same way we work on making positive changes in our lives, couples believe that January is the right time to make wedding plans. And when you talk about wedding plans, the wedding dress is the highlight of it all. It is appropriate as many proposals are made during the Christmas season.

But ever wondered why January is the ideal time to buy your wedding dress? Well, in this article I’m going to give you all the reasons why.


January is the time when some new collections roll in

In the fashion industry, January is the time when some new collections hit the stores. So if you are in luck, you could possibly be walking down the aisle wearing a unique flowing wedding gown.


January is the time you get to enjoy the best discounts and get great bargains on wedding dresses

Since it is the first month of the year, this is the time when designers and wedding dress merchants want to make killer sales. To get your attention, they sell their wedding dresses at a bargain prices to clear the old stock.

As you shop around for wedding dresses you will be shocked to find classics selling at very low prices. The discounts are more than you have ever dreamt was possible for a wedding dress. So it makes sense to buy a wedding dress while the January sales are on.

January is also the time when sample sales take place. What this means is that wedding dresses are sold below their true value to test the market.


January is the time when the supply of secondhand dresses is replenished

No bride is left out in the month of January. Some brides plan their weddings on a strict budget. And with the wedding dress being usually the most expensive item on the wedding checklist, it can be very difficult for some couples to afford.

The good news is that the supply of secondhand wedding gowns is replenished in January. Like I mentioned earlier the new year is considered a time of new beginnings. As a result of this many people do wardrobe hauls just to create room for new outfits for the year. Preloved wedding dresses are donated to charity shops or sold for a bargain price on eBay, Facebook and other online platforms.  January is indeed the best time of the year to buy a wedding dress.


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What do you do with the wedding dress after the wedding

The wedding dress is always the centre of attention. From the day of the planning to the day of the ceremony, it is the one piece that is one most fussed about. Every little detail of the wedding dress has to be perfect.But when the wedding is all done and dusted, what then happens to the wedding dress? Sadly, that glamorous wedding dress gets locked up in the closet. The good news is that there are so many things you can do with your wedding dress.



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Here are a few ideas.


Keep the wedding dress

I thought I’d start with most obvious. Keeping the wedding dress is what most women do once the wedding is over. They do this with the hope that they can pass on the dress to their female children and turn it into a lasting tradition.

Although this is a nice way to keep memorable event alive, your daughters or future daughter in-laws may not want to wear your old wedding dress. Almost every bride wants their dress to be marvelous and most especially reflect what is trendy during the time.


Sell it

Yes, this may be a little difficult for some women to do, since they put in a lot of time and effort picking their wedding dress. So there is some sentimental value attached to it. Wedding dresses can be a little expensive depending on the brand and design. So if you sell it, you are most likely to recover about 50 percent of what you invested originally.

For the record, I sold my dress weeks after my wedding. I had a few people interested in buying it, and I just went for the highest bidder.

Re-design it

You’d be surprised at how much could be done with a wedding gown. With a very good tailor, it can be re-designed into a beautiful outfit that you can wear to other events.

The flowing material can be used to make a lovely dress that you can use for formal occasions and still keep the memories of your wedding alive. You can also turn it into cute little dresses for your children.


Rent it

Who would have thought that you can turn your old wedding gown into a profitable stream of income? There are many ladies who would have liked the exact wedding dress but do not have the money to buy it. You can simply start renting out your wedding dress to brides who are looking to rent the ideal dress for their special day.


Donate it

There are so many ladies out there who are unable to afford the dress of their dreams for their wedding. You can do a great service by donating your old wedding gown to them.


What did you do with your wedding dress? Do sound off in the comments section below.



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