Let's talk a bit about bridesmaids. You've asked them to stand by your side during your wedding because they've always been there for you. They're your people -- the ones you can count on to have your best interests at heart. So show them some love! If you really want to be best friends forever, keep these tips in mind to help minimize stress when picking out bridesmaids' dresses.
Give them a voice. Ask each girl to select her top two-to-three style and color choices. Then, compile their picks and consider their preferences when making your final decision. You have control over the overall look, but each girl will feel like she's played a part in the process.
Consider body types. It's a rare group of bridesmaids who all look spectacular in the same dress. Your friends have different bodies, personalities and quirks. Let each bridesmaid pick a dress that offers the appropriate fit and coverage for her assets, and you'll be guaranteed a happy (and good looking!) wedding party.
Order in advance. If you're purchasing made-to-order dresses, place your order 4-6 months before the big day. If you're buying dresses off the rack, purchase them as soon as possible because stores may sell out of popular style/color combinations. Either way, your girls will need enough time for alterations and unforeseen issues. It's always better to be safe than sorry!