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Where to Find Bridesmaids' Dresses for a Fall Wedding

By Charles Hopkins Published 12/14/2006 | Marriage

Pulling together resources for a wedding takes a lot of coordination. If your wedding is set for the fall, you may be wondering how you can go about locating bridesmaids' dresses that reflect the time of year. Actually, there are several good places to check out. Here are a few suggestions of where you can find bridesmaids' dresses that will be ideal for your fall wedding.

One of the first places to check out will be the same place that you would visit if your wedding were taking place in June rather than November: your local bridal shop. While most of the selections in stock will be in the pastels that tend to be used in the spring and early summer, you may find that there are several dresses to consider that will reflect one or more of the colors you are interested in. In addition, most bridal shops can provide you with a color wheel that indicates the range of hues available for the styles they carry. Often, there will be swatches, so you can see the actual shade up close, and also have a chance to feel the material. If time allows, you may want to have one dress done and see what the finished product looks and feels like before ordering all the dresses.

If there is not time for ordering custom dresses from a shop, you may want to look into the dye services that are offered by some shops. Just make sure you can see a sample of how the colors will come out. This will depend on several factors, including what type of material composes the dresses. Dying pre-made dresses may be a little nerve wracking, but it is worth looking into.

If time is really short and you can't get something off the rack at a bridal shop, then turn your attention to higher end consignment and thrift shops. You may find several dresses in the right colors that can be altered slightly to mirror a common style. Certainly, finding dresses that are already made and will need only minor touches will be great for the budget.

If all else fails, find a dressmaker. With this option, you will have someone who will assure you that what you have in mind really can come together. Work with the dressmaker on the colors you want, go with a design that is relatively simplistic and can be dressed up slightly with a stole or wrap. The advantage here is that you can personally select the material yourself and each bridesmaid can come in for the initial fitting. This will save a lot of time down the road, as any alterations that need to be done after the dress is sewn should be minor.

Finding just the right bridesmaids' dresses for your fall wedding may seem like a challenge, but you really can find the look and the colors that you want. With a little ingenuity, some patience, and a good idea of how much you can spend, the dresses will end up being perfect for the occasion.