When did everyone start to shop around for dresses. My future SIL said she did bridesmaids first and then could concenrate on herself. I thought it would make more sense to get the dress and then look at bridesmaids so you could get a style which looks nice with the dress. Also I do not even know if I am doing white or ivory. I know I should try on every style, but in my mind I am thinking of a fit and flare type of dress. Big and pouffy is not me. Also are all shops by appointment or can I just walk in and look around. I really want to wait until after the holidays to start shopping. Thanks for all of your advice and thoughts about this.