How to actually find your bridesmaid dresses

Our real brides tell us how the managed to find the perfect dresses for their bridesmaids

How to actually find your bridesmaid dresses
Finding your bridesmaid dresses can be easier than you think. Image: Real Simple Photography

Five real brides reveal how they nailed their bridesmaid dresses (with no diva strops in sight)...

Same Difference 
“All three of my bridesmaids are very different – in personality, style and body type. I wanted all of them to feel amazing and to me, that meant not putting them in the same outfit. I knew Maids to Measure would be perfect as I wanted the dresses to match in certain ways (colour, fabric), but look individual as well.

In our first meeting with Maids to Measure, they each chose their own dress. On the day I loved how they all coordinated, but were unique at the same time – they were my bride tribe, yet individuals.” 
Clare Springham

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Custom creation
“Unique and romantic – that was the look I was after for my two bridesmaids. My sister, who was maid of honour, got her dress from Istanbul and I wanted the bridesmaid dresses to complement her – traditionally, in my Iraqi culture, the maid of honour’s dress is always a show-stopper!

I wanted them to be purple, to match the look and feel of the day, and have some sparkle on the bodice. I ended up getting them custom made by a wonderful seamstress, Kaire Merisaar (, who completely understood my vision; my dream dresses literally came to life! The fact they were made specially for my girls made them all the more unique and they matched perfectly with my sister’s gown. On the day they all got so many compliments – I would not change a thing about how they all looked.” 
Lena Ibrahim

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Shades of Green 
“I loved the idea of soft, sage green bridesmaid dresses with an easygoing vibe to match our outdoor festival wedding. Initially we looked at matching dresses, but it became difficult to nail down, so I set a £100 budget for each of my three bridesmaids and gave them some direction on colour, and they each bought their own (Debenhams, ASOS and Phase Eight).

They looked beautiful – they didn’t buy them together, so I was amazed when we hung them up the night before and all the shades blended perfectly. Two of them have worn their dresses again, which is definitely a mark of success!” 
Clemmie Millbank  

Image: Ann-Kathrin Koch


Pretty in Pink
“I had six bridesmaids, so finding dresses they all liked was always going to be a challenge! I set up a Whatsapp group early on and we all shared styles we liked. I knew I wanted pink dresses to fit with my spring wedding, and the Dessy dress we finally chose was the first we all agreed on; it was everything I had pictured and more.

I also loved that my two maids of honour wore the same dress, but theirs had slightly different detailing to set them apart. On the day they all looked amazing, I was really happy – six beautiful ladies wearing six beautiful dresses!” 
Michaela Godfrey-Sharp 

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All about the print 
“My two bridesmaids are so different – my sister, Angelina, is strong and athletic and my best friend, Juliet, is artistic and creative. Putting them in typical bridesmaid dresses was never an option.

We wanted autumnal colours, and had to wait until September for those styles to appear in the shops (we were getting married in October!). We were all nervous about the timeframe, but then we spotted some gorgeous Barbour dresses. I loved the country print of squirrels, owls and autumn flowers – they felt quirky and fun, but were also flattering. My bridesmaids looked utterly beautiful on the day – and like themselves!”    
Helena Kalyana Martin

Image: Jay Rowden

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