How to Prepare for a Bridesmaid Dress Fitting

If you remember nothing else from this post, bookmark this in your mind – keep an open mind and have fun with your girls on your bridesmaid dress fitting. Need more tips? Scroll on!

Once the bride or the bride’s squad have carefully chosen the style, fabric and colour of gowns – it’s then time to enter the bridesmaid dress fitting! But before you step through our little doors at Nabbd HQ, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to get the most out of your pre-wedding experience.

You may well need multiple bridesmaid dress fitting appointments, but with our handy tips you can stride into the first one like a seasoned pro.

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What to Bring to a Bridesmaid Dress Fitting

1. Appropriate Underwear/undergarments

If you’re at a loss about what to wear to a bridesmaid dress fitting, start with the basics, underwear. A bridesmaid should aim to wear the exact undergarments to her fitting, as she plans on wearing the day of the wedding.

Since you’re not sure how the bridesmaid dress will fit, bring along a couple of different bra options, especially a strapless version, to see which one is the most comfortable and works best with your dress. Keep it understated and simple by sticking to seamless styles and nude tones, as (practically) nobody will want to see your leopard-print bra sticking out. If the gown has a low or open back, it may have cups sewn in, but bringing along bra variations will still be helpful.

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2. Shoe Options

The bride could ask you to pick out a special pair of shoes that are a certain style or colour to match the theme, but for now, bring a few different shoe options to try the bridesmaid dress on with. That way, you can give her a heads up on what shoes you think will work best while you’re at your bridesmaid dress fitting. Bring shoes with a similar heel height to the ones you might wear on the big day, as this will determine length. How much hemming needs to be done or, if you’re a bit taller, whether you’ll need extra length added to the dress.

Not bringing a pair of shoes that is the same height as the ones you’re planning to wear can disrupt the fitting/s, as the seamstress won’t know what they are working towards.

3. Makeup

On the big day, you’ll be dolled up to the nines with a face full of makeup and your hair pinned back, you can jump forward into how the dress will actually look by splashing on some lipstick and blush when you attend your bridesmaid dress fitting. You’re certainly less likely to love the dress if you just roll out of bed and show up at the fitting. We all know that feeling of when you try an outfit on before going out, and it just doesn’t look or feel right before we put our shoes on, the same applies.

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4. Jewellery

If the bride has gifted the bridal party with new earrings or necklaces that she wants her bride squad to wear on the big day, or if she has a specific jewellery vision in mind, bring those accessories to your bridesmaid dress fitting, and it will help you to help visualize the full ensemble. Plus, the bride-to-be will be ecstatic knowing that you’re on board with her bridesmaid accessory choices. Send selfies of the full look, jewellery and all, to get her seal of approval and earn massive bridesmaid brownie points!

5. Hair Accessories

Planning on wearing your hair up at the wedding? Bring a hair tie or clip to get a better idea of what the bridesmaid dress will look like paired with an up-do. This will also give you a better idea of the neckline and the back of your gown.

6. Bring Your Best Self

If the bride is present at the bridesmaid dress fitting, keep things positive. Even if you’re not madly in love with the dress (impossible at Nabbd btw!) the bride has chosen, consider her feelings first. Go in there with an open mind and knowledge that you can add your own splash of personality to the dress with makeup, accessories & sass!

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