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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Motte Maids

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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Discover the Bridesmaid Dress Trends of 2021

Your bridesmaids will look and feel their confident best with these fresh, flattering trends to suit all different personal styles.

Wedding shopping can (and should be!) so much fun, particularly when you have the biggest bridesmaid dress trends of 2021 to choose from.

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In 2020, its by no means a given that all of your bridesmaids will wear the same dress. Not even the same colour. Not even the same length! It’s a coordinated free-for-all! While going for a traditional same style look, does create a cohesive overall feel, you need to be quite lucky to find that magic dress that suits everyone’s figures and personalities. It’s perfectly acceptable to have them in mismatched bridesmaid dresses linked by a common theme.

Bridesmaid try-on sessions are simply a must, even if your sister lives in Aberdeen and your best mate lives in Marbella – set up a girls group chat and agree on your options to order. Then schedule an evening Zoom call and enjoy a fashion show of the biggest bridesmaid trends of 2021! Our forecast brings you the very best of big wedding fashion, which you can then adapt to suit your girls’ individual styles.

The Biggest Bridesmaid Dress Trends of 2021

Ruffles

Ruffles are going to be even bigger in 2021 – in terms of both size and popularity. If you want a romantic bridesmaid look, choose floral ruffles. For something edgier, go for a single colour, or a colour block for extra fashion points.

Oversized Bows

Big bows are set to be one of the key 2021 wedding dress trends. If you want your bridesmaids’ dresses to pick up on your own bow-adorned gown, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.

Luxe-Touch Fabrics

Unsurprisingly, comfort has risen up the fashion agenda this year, and is set to play a key part in bridesmaid dress trends for 2021. We’re not talking about maids in ‘athleisure’, this trend is all about the fabrics and how they feel against the skin. From butter-soft silks and satins to sumptuous velvet, the key word is ‘strokeable’.

The New Boho Bridesmaids

Boho is a firm wedding favourite, for both décor and outfits. It’s a multi-faceted look, bringing in elements of ’70s style, natural fabrics, flowing silhouettes and jewelled touches. For 2021, the folk element of Boho is going to be dialled up, as seen on the catwalk at Chloé. We’re talking white with bright patterns, embroidery and tassels.

Bridesmaid Biker Jackets

As seen on the Dior and Fendi AW 20/21 catwalks, bridesmaid biker jackets are set to be big fashion news. A leather jacket is a great way to add edge to a floaty bridesmaid dress, as well as co-ordinating the overall look.

Biker Jackets bridesmaid dress trends 2021

The Joy of Nature

The great outdoors took on a new significance in 2020, with meeting loved ones in gardens, parks and for country walks at the top of the social agenda. Expect 2021 fashion to reflect this, with a mood that celebrates all that nature brings us – think exuberant florals, fruit-based prints and juicy hues.

Silver Bridesmaids

French Vogue are predicting silver to be the fashion metallic of 2021. This is good news for bridesmaids, because it’s a suit-everyone hue that can look glamorous, pretty or pared-back, depending on the style you choose.

Red Bridesmaid Dresses

The colour was a key part of the Alexander McQueen AW 20/21 collection, but not as a block. Red was mixed into different patterns and put against other hues for a soft yet still powerful look. It’s a lucky colour in many cultures – McQueen’s Sarah Burton specifically referenced its importance in Wales – which makes it ideal for bridesmaids.

Show Your Bridesmaids Some Love on Your Big Day

5 Ways to Show Your Bridesmaids Some Love on Your Big Day

Here are some ideas on how to celebrate your bridesmaids on your wedding day

As a bride-to-be, it goes without saying that you love and adore each of your bridesmaids. After all, you’ve asked them to be by your side on one of the most important days of your life. So they must be pretty special to receive such an honour!

A true honour it may be, but your bridesmaids deserve that little bit more. A special something that will make them feel loved and appreciated. They deserve it after all! They haven’t just comforted you during your bridezilla breakdowns leading up to the big day, they’ve been there through thick and thin for years. Teary break-ups and drunken upsets through to endless lockdown quizzes and skype Friday nights – these girls have loved you throughout, so why not show your appreciation for each of your bridesmaids on your wedding day?

Show Your Bridesmaids Some Love on Your Big Day
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It doesn’t have to be anything grand, in fact it’s the little things that can make the big difference. Stuck for ideas? Well we thought we’d round up our favourite ways to shower your bridesmaids with your love below. Regarde.

Top Ways to Show Some Love to Your Top Girls

Let Them Pick Their Dresses

All of your bridesmaids want and deserve to feel amazing on your big day. By giving them the gift of choosing their own bridesmaids dress, you’ll be letting them express their own personal style and choose a dress that flatters them best.

Don’t panic though, you don’t need to give up full control of what your bridesmaids are going to wear. All you need to do is set a few parameters for them to work within, get it right and you’ll achieve the modern, cohesive wedding party look you have been dreaming of.

For example, pick an exact bridesmaids colour and ask them to select a dress available in that colour. Or choose a palette, and let them select a dress within that range. Conversely, you could decide on a length and let them do the rest. If your bridesmaids can’t agree on a dress style that is flattering, don’t worry, that’s what the Nabbd girls are here for!

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Bridesmaids Dresses by True Bridesmaid

Give Them Unique Gifts

Bridesmaid gifts are part and parcel of the wedding party experience. While there is nothing wrong with getting them wedding day accessories and other traditional bridesmaid gifts, it also helps to throw in something unique to each of your girls.

For example, why not make your bridesmaids a personal photo album documenting your most special moments together? This heartfelt bridesmaid gift idea is guaranteed to tug at the heartstrings!

See more sweet gifts for your bridesmaids here.

Say a Few Words When You Pop the Champagne

The moment your maid of honour pops the morning bottle of bubbly it’s time to relax, get the tunes on and prepare for the big day! But before you get the party started, gather your bridesmaids around and clink a few glasses in celebration.

This is the ultimate moment to say a few pre-prepared words or feelings off-the-cuff that show your appreciation to these special gals! Doesn’t need to be long, they’ll probably get a bigger shout out during the reception. These words are just for you guys, private thoughts that show you care.

It may be a small gesture, but it reminds them of just how grateful you are to have them by your side. Plus it’s a lovely way to start the day’s proceedings off on a good note.

Show Your Bridesmaids Some Love on Your Big Day
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Write Them Each a Heartwarming Note

If you’ve ever received a thoughtful, personalised letter before, you know just how much of an impact it can make. Penning a heart-warming note to each of your bridesmaids is the type of gesture each of them is sure to cherish forever.

On top of saying your thanks, be sure to include things that are specific to each and every one of them. Did one of your bridesmaids help you with a particular crisis? Mention it and tell her how thankful you are that she was there.

Make it clear that you appreciate the little things more than they can possibly know. Just get the tissues ready in case they aren’t expecting you to get so sentimental!

Make Your Maid of Honour Feel Extra Special

Whether she’s your sister or best friend since school, your maid of honour is one-of-a-kind. She’s taken on some of the most important roles, from bringing your bridesmaids into order, to planning hen party on lockdown, via Zoom. She is a super-hero and definitely deserves the recognition.

One way to make her shine on your big day is by dressing her in a different bridesmaid dress than the rest of your bridal party. Have your maid of honour wear a floral printed bridesmaid dress for example or a sparkly sequinned bridesmaids dress while the rest of your gang wears a coordinating shade. Or, you could have your maid of honour wear a long style while your other bridesmaids opt for shorter bridesmaids dresses.

You could also make her feel extra special by giving her a personalised necklace or by treating her to a much-needed spa day after all the excitement of the big day. No matter what the gift, make sure that it’s worthy of all that she’s done for you during the wedding preparation.

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Where Can I Buy Beautiful Bridesmaids Dresses in London?

The answer is? NABBD! We have a brand-new website (yay!), and to celebrate we thought we’d share just why we are the No.1 destination for bridesmaids dresses in London.

At NABBD we have a simple philosophy that drives us every day, offer beautiful bridesmaids dresses in London, sourced from top designers around the world, in a range of sizes, styles & colours to suit everyone. It’s this mission that has helped us become the No.1 destination for bridesmaid shopping in the capital.


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I should probably introduce myself! I’m Polly, and I am the owner of NABBD (Not Another Boring Bridesmaid Dress…) based in the very pretty Wimbledon Park. We are a boutique bridesmaids shop in London specialising in dresses that are a little different from your average gown. They’re stylish, they flatter and your bridesmaids will actually want to wear them! In fact, we offer the type of dresses that your girls will keep as wardrobe staples for years to come, their go-to big event gowns. For us, a happy bridesmaid is a happy bride, because nobody wants to look back at their wedding photos and think, ‘she looks miserable in that dress’ or ‘that style just wasn’t right for her…’. No! Your bridesmaids are the most important people in your life (bar Mum and Dad obv) and they deserve a dress on your big day that they love.

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What was the Inspiration for NABBD

Nabbd was born out of the biggest day of my life, so I personally understand just how important your wedding day is, and what it means to get everything just perfect!

There’s no doubt that getting married is one of the most exciting times of your life, however it can also one of the most stressful… When I got engaged back in 2011, I was determined to find bridesmaids dresses in London that:

  1. I could afford within my budget
  2. I hadn’t seen at the last dozen weddings I’d been to
  3. That weren’t available in high street shops (imagine a guest turning up in the same dress as your bridesmaids?!)

Also, as a busy, working woman with bridesmaids spread all over the country, I didn’t want to spend my weekends trawling the country trying to find the perfect bridesmaid dress for them.

It was with these philosophies in mind that Nabbd was born!

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As I’m sure you’re aware, your girls no longer have to wear the same bridesmaids dress on your big day! Shock, horror – but it’s true! You can mix and match styles and keep the same colour, you can mix and match colours and keep the same style or you can mix and match everything! This means you can find a bridesmaids dress in London that suits each best girl perfectly. To do this at a high-street store would be a nightmare, because their dresses are not designed to compliment one another. But at NABBD, we have top designers from around the world that design their collections specifically to be played around with.

We are official London stockists of Jenny Yoo for example, and they have a huge selection of modern colours in every style they design, which makes it so easy to put a colour palette together for your girls. We’re also the official London stockists of Amsale, and their styles work so well together as a collection, you could just pick a colour or fabric and let your bridesmaids do choose the rest! It’s simple. Alongside these two amazing designers we have so many other brands that you just won’t find anywhere else. From Watters and Adrianna Papell to Hayley Paige and Bramley Rodgers – there’s literally something for everyone, in a price range that works for you.

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Nabbd makes shopping for your bridesmaid dresses in London easy. We promise on your bridesmaids appointment you’ll find:

  • Designer bridesmaids dresses to match your budget
  • A range of on-trend colours to suit your bridal party
  • Something for everyone (because bridesmaids come in all shapes and sizes!)

So stop reading this and head over to our book an appointment page and select your preferred slot online. It’s easy! They only difficult part is deciding where to go for your celebratory post-bridesmaids shopping drinks!

We look forward to seeing you very soon and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch via our contact page.

Polly & the girls xx

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