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Modcloth, When the Night Comes Dress in Violet, $99.99 US

One of the best things about planning your wedding, aside from marrying the love of your life, is the opportunity to include your best friends in the process. Your bridesmaids are one of your main sources of support, and they bring out your fun side as well as encourage you in this milestone event. The process of finding your bridesmaids dresses should be a fun time for everyone to become closer and to delight in the details of your special day.

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Zara, Crochet Dress, $89.90

It’s easy to conjure up horror stories of hot pink taffeta, but today there are so many options for bridesmaids dresses that you are sure to find something that works for the look of your wedding AND fits the taste and budget of your girls. It’s important to remember that while it is your special day, it is also a gift of time and money that your bridesmaids are giving to you, and you want to be sensitive in your expectations.

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Jacob, Sleeveless Wrap Silk Dress, $70.00 (reg. 175.00)

Of course, it’s always fun to experience the bridal boutiques with specialized dresses, but with so many options, you don’t need to stop there! Even if you find the perfect dress, it might be worth checking out alternatives, especially when each woman has her own price point, taste, and body shape. With weddings becoming more and more unique, there’s no need to stop at one dress for all women, and so the possibilities become much more open—and more fun.

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David’s Bridal, Strapless Satin Short Dress with Pleating Style, $103.85 (reg. $114.25)

David’s Bridal is a great option for one-stop wedding shopping, and with locations across the GTA, it’s easy to find a store close to you and your bridesmaids. They have many styles and colours, and many dresses under $200 (some closer to $100). With their wide selection, it’s a  great option if you want everyone in the same dress.

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Ruche, Spring Breeze Lace Detail Dress, $62.99 US

You can also look beyond typical wedding shops to find great alternatives that you and your bridesmaids will love. Stores like Jacob, Zara, and RW & Co. all have gorgeous dresses that are well under $200 (even considering taxes and tailoring costs). You can also look to online shops that are vintage-style boutiques at your fingertips. Sites like Ruche and Modcloth have lovely options that would add variety to your wedding, and provide your bridesmaids with dresses that they can wear long after the day.

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RW&Co., Beaded Chiffon Dress with Elastic Waist, $79.00

Whether you want a uniform, sophisticated style or different dresses in whimsical fashions, there are so many options when shopping for bridesmaids dresses. With a little research, you can arm yourself with a variety of sources that will help you and your bridesmaids find the perfect dresses for everyone’s shape, budget, and taste. No matter what style you decide on, your bridesmaids will appreciate your thoughtfulness, and you will have happy and beautiful ladies beside you on your special day!

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Heather Attewell is an intern with The Wedding Planner Magazine and expecting to soon graduate from Centennial College’s Publishing, Book, Magazine and Electronic program. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, Mississauga, specializing in English Literature.

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