Wedding Shopping 101: Bridal Party Outfits

Wedding Shopping 101: Bridal Party Outfits


If you’re looking for wedding outfits for the bride and groom, the whole bridal party, and for the mother-of-the

bride, you have found the perfect site. This blog post offers lots of information on where to buy outfits, including

all types of retailers, both in-store and online. You’ll also find some tips on what to do before you go shopping

to help make the shopping experience easier and more enjoyable.


Wedding Dress


Some girls have their wedding dress planned out long before they are engaged. They know what style they like

and where to buy it. Others have no clue where to start! However, one thing in common is that a wedding dress

will probably be the most carefully chosen dress from all other dresses you will buy.


Here’s some thoughtful advice for both types of ladies: first, find out what dress silhouette looks best on you. We

all have different body types, and dress silhouettes can help highlight our figure and make us look and feel great.

You can find wedding dress inspiration in wedding magazines and online sites such as Pinterest, Wedding Wire,

and The Knot. Save a few pictures to bring with you when you go dress shopping.


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It’s important to have an idea of what style you like and details you’re looking for; this will narrow down your search

and help the associate find the dress you’re looking for. However, be open to trying on different dresses. You may

be pleasantly surprised! And expect to try on multiple dresses before saying “yes” to the dress.


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Another important step before you go shopping is to determine your budget for the dress. Include alterations and

accessories such as the veil, shoes, and necklace in the budget too. According to The Knot, in 2017, brides in the

US spent an average of $1,509 for their wedding dress with alterations included.  For more tips on wedding dress

shopping, see the blog post “Wedding Dress Shopping: Say “Yes!” to the Perfect Dress.”


To find wedding dress shops near you, check out Wedding Wire, a website that lets you filter by location, distance

from your zip code, and specific outfits you’re looking for (wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dresses,

groom/groomsmen suits, and so on). If you are looking for more contemporary dresses, Floravere has modern,

sophisticated styles to choose from.


Bridesmaid Dresses


Before you go bridesmaid dress shopping, figure out you wedding color scheme and florals. This will help narrow

down the dress color you’ll be looking for. Some wedding dress shops sell bridesmaid dresses. To find shops near

you, go to Wedding Wire and filter based on your location. You can also check Nordstrom and other stores at the

mall that sell formal wear.


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If you prefer online shopping, check out the following websites: ASOS is a great place to shop for affordable and

stylish bridesmaid dresses and allows you to filter by price range, color, brand, and style. You also get free shipping

on orders over $50 and the best part is returns are free! The Dessy Group is another great website for bridesmaid

dresses. If you buy dresses that are in stock, shipping and returns are free. Lulus has beautiful, formal dresses for

decent prices.  If you buy over $50, shipping and returns are free.


Flower Girl Dresses


Dillard’s has elegant and unique flower girl dresses. If you’re looking for accessories, Etsy has a variety of flower girl

baskets and chic, affordable flower girl dresses to choose from. Online websites, JJ’s House and LaLa Mira, sell stylish,

modern flower girl dresses as well.


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Groom’s Outfit


If the groom wants to stand out from his groomsmen, he can buy a different colored suit or tie that compliments the

overall wedding color scheme. For suit and tuxedo inspiration, visit The Knot. The Knot has different suit/tuxedo styles

from several designers, and each picture has a link to the designer’s website for more information. Bloomingdales and

Nordstrom carry brand designers, such as BOSS, Michael Kors, Armani, Theory, and Ted Baker, both in-store and

online.  Don’t forget to look for accessories as well – tie/bowtie, belt, and shoes.


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Groomsmen Outfits


Men’s Warehouse is the place to go if you’re looking for affordable suits and/or suits you can rent. Book an appointment

and have the groomsmen get their measurements in-store.  

The Dessy Group, an online shop, also offers you the option of renting or buying tuxedos as well.


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Ring Bearer Outfits


Janie and Jack and Macy’s have a great selection of special occasion outfits, with both classic and sophisticated style

for boys, sizes 1-12. H&M online has a small but excellent selection of formal wear that is affordable and fashionable,

including dress shoes. You can also check Men’s Warehouse, which has a handful of boy suits for sale.


Mother-of-the Bride


For mother-of-the-bride dresses, Dillard’s, Nordstrom, and Macy’s are good places to start. For online shopping, JJ’s House

has many beautiful, unique dresses. In addition, some wedding dress shops, such as David’s Bridal, sell mother-of-the-bride

dresses as well.

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