Ultimate Guide to Bridesmaid Dress Shopping 

You went to your wedding dress appointment and found your dream gown, and now it’s time to find your bridesmaid dresses! Bridesmaid dresses are an essential element of any wedding, and finding the ideal bridesmaid dress for your bridal party can be so much fun.  

 From different colors and bridesmaid dress fabrics to various styles and silhouettes, you are sure to find a style for everyone in your bridal party. We are bringing you a little guidance and inspiration from our True Crew, so you can choose the right bridesmaid dresses for your wedding day vibe.  

The key is to pick bridesmaid gown styles that complement your wedding theme and flatter your bridesmaids’ individual figures and personalities. Keep reading to learn more about bridesmaid dress shopping and how to find the right bridesmaid gowns for your squad. 

When Should you Start Shopping for Your Bridesmaid Dress? 

Eight Months Before 

Around eight months before the wedding, you should begin researching bridesmaid dresses. Among the factors to consider are the season you are getting married, your venue, your theme and your wedding dress. You’ll also want to consider the bridesmaid dress colors and fabrics you like and the costs.  

The season, venue, theme and your wedding dress style will all affect the color and fabric you pick. Pastel chiffon dresses are stunning for spring and summer, while silky or velvet styles in rich jewel tones are beautiful for fall and winter. Today, many brides mix and match different silhouettes, colors and fabrics to allow each bridesmaid’s individuality to shine! 

Six Months Before 

Six months before the wedding, it’s time to finalize and order the bridesmaid dresses! If you’re not sure what direction to go for bridesmaid dress styles or are unsure of the vibe you want, get one or two members of your bridal party together at your local bridal shop. The choice is up to you, but having input will ensure you pick gown fits and sizes for everyone in your bridal party.  

If possible, you can also bring out a sample of your wedding dress to see how it looks next to the bridesmaid dresses to ensure the styles work well together. Schedule an appointment at a True Society location near you and bring the whole bridal party with you. Our True Crew stylists will ensure your shopping experience is unforgettable and help you select the ideal bridesmaid dresses for your big day. 

Bridesmaid Dress Styles 

At True Society, you’ll find stunning bridesmaid dresses by Sorella Vita—featuring affordable bridesmaid dresses in multiple color options and a multitude of luxurious fabrics. 

Sorella Vita offers an unlimited array of options you won’t find anywhere else. Including a variety of short and long bridesmaid gowns in regular and plus sizes. From boho-inspired off-shoulder details and elegant, structured A-lines—there’s a gown for everyone, no matter their size or style.  

Our selection allows you to create the ideal on-trend party style, from traditional to whimsical. A monochromatic theme in luxurious burgundy or black dresses would look fabulous at a formal opulent affair. A mix-and-match color scheme featuring accents of vintage rose, dusty lavender and bellini is a gorgeous, yet fresh palette for an outdoor wedding.  

Keep reading for two of the True Crew’s favorite on-trend bridesmaid dresses! Both looks are available in various colors, making them customizable to fit your vision. 

Modern Midi Velvet Bridesmaid Dress with Cowl Neck and Spaghetti Straps 

velvet midi bridesmaid dresses - 9643 and 9643 by Sorella Vita

Sorella Vita Style 9642 is the definition of fashion-forward meets flirty. This glamorous velvet bridesmaid gown features a timeless column silhouette, an on-trend cowl neckline and delicate spaghetti straps to flatter the figure.  

The simple seaming in the bodice accentuates the natural waistline, while the open back adds a touch of sexiness. The subtle side slit in the tea-length skirt provides sultry movement to this sleek and seriously chic bridesmaid dress. 

Sophisticated Strapless Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress With Notched Neckline 

black long bridesmaid dresses with notched neckline - 9606 by Sorella Vita

Charmingly seductive, Sorella Vita Style 9682 will get you runway-inspired style for the aisle. The charmeuse gown flaunts a fitted strapless bodice with a notched neckline and chic column silhouette, sure to turn heads.  

The stunning design boasts exquisite subtle seaming complemented by an alluring open back. A sleek skirt and a sexy slit lend an air of sexy sophisticated to the gorgeous dress 

How Long do Alterations Usually Take on Bridesmaid Dresses? 

Bridesmaid dress alterations should be done about one to three months before the wedding, depending on how significant the alterations needed are. At this point, your bridesmaids should have the shoes and undergarments they are planning to wear and bring them to their fittings. 

Alterations may be minimal, such as a hem and adding cups. They could also be more complex, like taking in the sides of the gown. Either way, scheduling ample time is important so there aren’t any last-minute emergencies! 

Do Bridesmaids Keep Their Dresses? 

Yes! The bridal party usually keeps their bridesmaid dresses. Choosing versatile styles and shades can ensure the bridesmaids can get more use out of the gowns after the wedding day. Another sustainable option is to donate the bridesmaid dress to organizations that help provide gowns to women who may need them for a prom, gala or any formal occasion.  

With the stylish styles from Sorella Vita, the bridesmaid dress you choose will definitely get more than one wear! 

Now that you have all the information, you need to find the right bridesmaid dresses for your bridal besties. Our True Crew stylists can’t wait to assist you and your crew and be a part of your special day! 

Schedule an appointment at one of our True Society bridal boutiques and enjoy the ultimate bridesmaid shopping experience. Dress availability varies per store.  

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