Can I Ask My Friend Who Isn't a Bridesmaid to Help Me Shop for My Dress?

Etiquette

The hunt for the perfect wedding dress can potentially be stressful and might take weeks, if not months. Who should you ask to come to every salon, boutique, appointment, and fitting? And what if the person you'd prefer to help isn't one of your bridesmaids? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your fashion-related questions in our daily post.

Can I ask my friend who isn't a bridesmaid to come wedding dress shopping with me?

There is no rule about who you are allowed to bring along on your search for the perfect dress. If you want a certain friend to accompany you because, say, she has an impeccable fashion sense and you trust her taste, let her know how much you value her opinion and she will most certainly be flattered to be included. But at the same time, be aware that asking a friend to help you shop for a dress—a very important task!—when she's not a bridesmaid may send a slightly confusing message: That you value her friendship and opinion, but only to a certain extent. So if you'd rather avoid possibly hurting her feelings, just stick to family and ask your mom, sister, or another relative to accompany you. But remember, you don't want too many cooks in the kitchen—the more opinions in the room, the more opinions you'll get.

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