The culture of having bridesmaids at your wedding might be a new trend in India, however, it's an age-old Western idea. Traditionally, bridesmaids were chosen to protect the bride and her jewellery from getting stolen. The bridesmaids' wore identical attires to confuse and ward-off evil spirits. Whereas, the best man's duty was to safeguard the bride from running away.

Funny, isn't it?

Well, times have changed and we still behold to the old customs and traditions despite not really knowing the reason behind it.  Today, being a bridesmaid for your sister's or friend's wedding is more like an honour. It also involves a bit of dressing up to complement the bride. The bridesmaid dress shopping is, hence, an important part of the whole wedding plan, maybe as important as the bridal gown shopping.

That said, shopping for the bridesmaid attire is a tedious task. It has to match the expectations of the bride as well as the bridesmaids' individual choices.

Tip #1

Have a Proper Communication with the Bride

How much you plan and prepare, the final decision regarding the bridesmaids' attire will be taken by the bride, herself. Your job as a bridesmaid is to help the bride in making the choice. Don't hesitate to communicate with her and know what she has in her mind.

Tip #2

Check out Pinterest for Ideas

Pinterest provides a lot of ideas on various styles from around the world. Work together with other bridesmaids' and the bride to come up with a theme and aesthetic of the wedding.

Tip #3

Talk to Other Bridesmaids' about their Interests and Ideas

It is rather important to choose on a bridesmaid attire that is comfortable for everyone. It won't work well if one or more bridesmaids' find the dress uncomfortable to carry. So, create a group chat and share your ideas, styles, theme, length, materials and colours you think will work best. Be open to others for opinions. Remember, even though the ultimate decision is made by the bride, it's teamwork.

Tip #4

Be open about your budget for the dress

Fixing on a budget is an important factor in saving time and energy. Consider the opinion of everyone in your group before fixing on an amount. If the budget in your mind is lower than what put forward by the others, speak up without hesitation. Let them know honestly how much you're willing to spend.

Tip #5

Order the Dress ASAP

The rule to have a perfect wedding is never to leave anything for the last minute. This is true, especially with dresses, as it inevitably needs alterations to fit everyone.

Tip #6

Coordinate Accessories, Hairstyle and Shoes with other Bridesmaids'

Even though the dress is the prime feature, the importance of accessorising it right goes unsaid. It won't look good for bridesmaids' wearing similar clothes to wear clashing shoes and accessories. As a bridesmaid, it is your duty to coordinate with the others. Remember, there is nothing that can't be solved through an effective conversation with each other.