Ally Kraemer's bridesmaid dress search evolves into group effort

9 On Your Side reporter Ally Kraemer got engaged in November. She will be writing about her wedding planning experiences until her wedding on Aug. 19. Expect to see the good, the bad and the bridezilla. (Just kidding!)

Finding my wedding dress was easy! It’s finding the bridesmaid dresses that had me pulling my hair out.

I’ve worn some interesting dresses in past weddings, so I was determined to find great dresses!

Bridesmaid dresses

I started by letting my bridesmaids send me pictures and links to dresses they liked. That gave them too much freedom! So I went shopping with my mom. We went to Bridal & Formal, Macy’s, Dillard’s, Nordstrom, J. Crew, etc.

I tried on dozens of dresses. Then I realized I was making all of the wedding decisions. It was too much! So I delegated the task to my 'maids and waited until they found one I loved.

What’s next?

I trusted my bridesmaids to order the right dresses. But the groomsmen are a whole different story. Next week I’ll show you the ups and downs of picking a suit and share some tips on wrangling groomsmen.

I’m always looking for advice! If you have some to share, send me an email at

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