I was quite thankful that I decided to only have two bridesmaids when I started bridesmaid dress shopping and realised how expensive dresses were. After trying dresses on at a bridal boutique, I was shocked how much it would cost for two bridesmaids, I suddenly felt for anyone who had several bridesmaids.
It became apparent quite quickly that the high street was going to be my best bet for bridesmaid dresses, as they were definitely more within my budget, I wanted to try to get dresses under £100 each, and tbh, even on the high street that is a bit of a struggle at times!
I spent many weeks scouring online looking for dresses, ASOS, Chi Chi, TFNC and Missguided were my most visited sites back last Autumn.
I kind of knew what I was looking for, a pale pink or black dress, I was very lucky that my two bridesmaids were the same size, and had similar colouring (Hayley and Tash- thank you for making my life easy!) The only request from them both was that they’d prefer straps, and for it to be long.
I was looking at ASOS’s clearance section one rainy Saturday morning, when I came across some TFNC dresses, and was like ‘hmmm this could be an option’ – I found a pale pink, long dress, with embellished straps, and the best bit? They were £24. And there was two sizes left of the size I needed.
Was it fate?
Who knows, but I added them to my basket, waited for text approvals from both Hayley and Tash, and once both had replied, I ordered them and they were on their way to me.
I wasn’t sure if they’d be any good, as they were only £24, but I thought it was worth a try, after all, I could send them back if they were no good.
When they arrived, I did have a bit of a drama as they sent two completely different dresses, but after emailing ASOS they sent the other dress, and they were perfect.
The pink was cool toned, the embellishment was really pretty and they looked so expensive.
Both the girls tried them on and they both fitted and they both liked them.
They did both need altering, but I was so happy that I’d managed to find such lovely dresses for just £50- for the both of them!
I also found Esme, my little sister’s flower girl outfit in the sale section of Monsoon. Her beautiful satin dress was just £22, which I thought was amazing as it was really well made.
Hayley, did have to alter it slightly under the arms to fit, but other than that it fitted really well, I also got her a little pink cardigan and some white ballet pumps to go with it.
The men went for black suits, and we ordered pink ties from TM Lewin, then with their pink pocket squares (which my sister Hayley made for us) and their buttonholes, the pink tied in really nice without being too in your face.
I am so pleased with how the colours all worked together, and think everyone looked lovely!
So my advice for getting bridesmaid dresses on a budget? Shopping online and checking the sale section!
I have found a selection of gorgeous bridesmaid dresses that don’t cost a fortune below, in case you need some bridesmaid dress inspo!
Have you ever been a bridesmaid? Or where did you get your bridesmaid dresses from if you’ve got married?
All photos were taken by our amazing wedding photographer Emma Pilkington