The Ultimate Guide to Bridesmaid Dress Shopping

Once a bride has selected the group that will stand by her on her wedding day, another important decision must be made: what they'll be sporting down the aisle. Many often stick with a certain color or pattern while others choose a material or silhouette. No matter what direction your bride-to-be has given you, the universe of options may seem endless. So, where to begin?

From who traditionally buys the bridesmaid dresses to what you should bring to a fitting, everything you need to know about finding the perfect bridal party frock is right here. We’ll explain how much you should expect to spend, introduce you to the best online shopping and rental sites, and arm you with plenty of handy tips. Plus, we've rounded up some of our favorite dresses by color, material, and style to inspire you.