Congratulations! You were asked to be a bridesmaid. After your initial excitement starts to simmer down, you can't help but feel a bit overwhelmed (really, how many horror stories have you heard?). Not only do you have to find a dress that fits multiple body shapes, skin tones, and styles, but most importantly, the bride has to sign off on the pick. But before you go into full panic mode, hear Tanesha Awasthi of Girl With Curves out. "Trying on dresses you might not be comfortable in can be stressful, but going in with a positive, open mind is key to having a good experience." Which is exactly what Awasthi and her sister did. With a mission in mind, they set off to Bella Bridesmaids in San Francisco (the company has locations all over the country) to find something perfect for their cousin’s upcoming wedding. What’d they learn leading up to and during their appointment?
Keep scrolling to find out.
“I came across Bella Bridesmaids during my search to find a local boutique,” explains Awasthi. “What drew me in was the fact that they had such a great selection of dresses, from traditional to modern, and the environment looked inviting.”
“Even if you’re not totally comfortable trying on dresses, do the best you can to make your appointment fun,” says Awasthi. "Make the appointment part of a girl's day by having brunch beforehand or dinner afterwards. It adds to the fun and excitement of the experience."
“To give you a really clear picture of how a dress fits, I recommend taking multiple bras with you so you’re prepared to try on several styles during your appointment," says Awasthi.
“I narrowed down the dresses to the blush chiffon maxi, nude chiffon maxi, and the multi-way dress, which we fell in love with,” says Awasthi. “Each dress had unique features, but the multi-way option is universally flattering with its A-line silhouette and customizable wrap top.”
“Bring similar shoes and accessories you plan to wear the day of the wedding because it’s nice seeing the dress fully styled,” says Awasthi.
“The last thing you want to happen is for heavy makeup to stain the dresses you’re trying on. Keep your face fresh and light, and try wearing your hair the way you picture it during the wedding,” says Awasthi.
Have you ever been a bridesmaid? How was your experience, and what did you learn from it? Share in the comments below!