Shopping for Bridesmaids Dresses | UK Wedding Blog


Last weekend, I got to take my girls out shopping for their Bridesmaid dresses.

It was something I’d been looking forward to for a while; trying on pretty dresses and celebrating with a few cocktails, and I can safely say it was a very successful trip!

I’d actually had my eye on some dresses from ASOS for a while – if you’re on the hunt for Bridesmaid dresses, then pleeeease look on ASOS before you go anywhere else. Not only do they have their own collection (with a Bridal collection just launched too, FYI!), but they also stock brands such as Little Mistress, Chi Chi London and Jarlo, who all have gorgeous occasion dresses, so I was in my element.

I made an order on a couple of dresses I’d seen, but didn’t want to get my hopes up too high as they were only £75 each. Our plan was to get the train in to Nottingham, take the dresses with us and try them on with others in Debenhams, John Lewis, and House of Fraser.

First stop was Debenhams, where we tried on an array of gorgeous dresses. I did actually fall in love with one particular dress, but it cost more than double of the ASOS number I’d ordered. So I asked them to try those ones on, and it’s safe to say, it was a firm “yes” all around! Although the Debenhams dresses were nice, I couldn’t quite justify their price tag.

The ASOS dresses are by Little Mistress, and are a gorgeous dusky lavender colour. They have delicate embellishments on the top and will look stunning with the burgundy/purple/peach Autumnal colour scheme I’m planning.

Of course, we celebrated with food and cocktails, and it was so nice to just have a day together to talk about wedding stuff. My bridesmaids had never actually met each other before, so it was a great opportunity to get them acquainted.

Tamzin, my Maid of Honour, has been my best friend since we were 11. Laura and I worked in retail together and met a couple of years ago. I’ve never bonded with anyone as quickly as I have with her; she’s been a better friend to me in the two years I’ve known her than some people I’ve known my entire life.

My other Bridesmaid / Flower Girl is my niece, Grace. She’s only four, and will be five when we get married, so I didn’t want to buy her dress too early in the fear that she’ll have a growth spurt and won’t fit in it anymore! I’m planning on taking her shopping in the schools’ six-week holiday, so most of her growing will have done, and yet there’ll still be time for alterations if needed.

Everything’s coming together so nicely now, and it’s all starting to feel so real. I think the next things on my list of things to sort out are: music, hair/makeup, and flowers.

Wish me luck!

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Holly //

Ahh so lovely! I’m really struggling with 5 bridesmaids. Mainly because I’ve chosen an almost impossible to match colour scheme, haha. The search continues…x