Today’s post is wedding related! If you’re not interested in this particular topic, pop back in for a regular update on Friday. 🙂
When it came time to select dresses for my bridesmaids to wear during my upcoming wedding in June, I didn’t know where to start. I knew what color dresses I wanted (sage green), but when I turned to the internet I was overwhelmed by all the options.
I found a few that I liked the look of, but I didn’t know what do next. I wound up having one of my bridesmaids (Megan) order a dress, but when it arrived we agreed it was a definite no. I knew this strategy would work out ok as long as shipping and returns were free, but how many dresses were we going to have to order (and then return) before finding the right one(s)?
I also visited the bridal boutique in a local Macy’s with my mom, but I didn’t see anything special and wasn’t really taken with any of the dresses. I didn’t really want to go to a place like David’s Bridal – for no real reason except I just felt like that was too common or something – but I was starting to run out of alternatives. Admittedly I was feeling a little lost by this time and wasn’t sure how to proceed.
Then Megan passed along some information about Bella Bridesmaids, a franchise with locations all over the U.S. where she had purchased a bridesmaid’s dress for another wedding she was in recently. Bella Bridesmaids’ showrooms carry dresses from tons of different designers, making it easy browse hundreds of options all in one place. Bridesmaids can come in for a visit or place their order online, making it easy for everyone involved.
To get started, I emailed Sheri from the D.C. Bella Bridesmaids (located in Friendship Heights right by the metro) and asked to come in for an appointment. She asked me how many bridesmaids I had, and suggested I come in once with a small group of about three women to make the initial selections, and then a second time with the rest of my bridesmaids so they could try on the dresses.
I also sent Sheri some links and images for dresses that I had in mind, and she worked with her team to have similar samples pulled before we arrived.
Some of the inspiration images I shared with Bella Bridesmaids
During the first visit, I went to Bella Bridesmaids with my mom and two maids of honor. We met our stylist, Violet, who had helpfully picked out everything ahead of time. We all loved the dresses that she pulled, and I felt like really “got” my vision. We wound up selecting dresses from three different designers all in slightly different colors, so I know it’s not something I would have been able to do on my own.
Once we made the initial selections, I visited Bella Bridesmaids again a few weeks later with the rest of my girls. I actually had been second guessing my choices in between visits, and when I told Violet about this via email she pulled a few additional styles for me just in case. When we got there and saw everything in person, my fears disappeared, but it was so nice knowing they could be super flexible!
Then my bridesmaids all got to work trying on their dresses and placing their orders right then and there (not necessarily in the right colors, but there were enough options for us to get the idea).
The team at Bella Bridesmaids measured everyone, ensuring that they would all get the correct size. The girls could have the dresses shipped directly to the address of their choice for an extra $25, or they can be shipped to the store for free and picked up from there (we had a mix of these). They’re ordered directly from the designer so they do take a while to arrive (a few months) but since we are way ahead of schedule this wasn’t an issue for me.
The whole appointment went incredibly smoothly, and even though I showed up with 7 girls, we were in and out of there in an hour! That just shows how organized and put together these women were.
Plus, it was a lot of fun!
Just when I thought we were done with our orders, I contacted Violet about dresses for my junior bridesmaid and flower girl, and she had even more suggestions for me. I wound up making a third appointment with Bella Bridesmaids so my sister could come in and try on her dress, and once again it was a huge success.
Overall I can’t say enough good things about ordering bridesmaids dresses through Bella Bridesmaids, and they made the selection process so incredibly easy for me. Plus, it was a lot of fun going into all those appointments! 🙂 Seeing everything in person reassured me that I was making smart decisions, and I know all my girls are going to look amazing!
Question of the day: Tell me a story about a wedding! Have you been a bridesmaid? Did you have a dress snafu?