(Closed) bridesmaid dress drama

posted 9 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I would do some quick research to see if any other local stores carry the dresses. If so, and if they can get them in time, I would order from a different place. I actually paid about $10 more for each of my bridesmaids’ dresses, because the more expensive place was A LOT more reliable. The owner was always available, and knew the ins and outs of all of the different designers. I figured that I’d rather pay a little more and have someone knowledgeable handling my order. 

That way, if something unavoidably went wrong, I would have a capable person helping me out. (Rather than the owner of the store that had the slightly cheaper price– she didn’t know what she was doing at all.)

The average time it takes for a bridesmaid dress to come in through a bridal shop is 10-12 weeks. This varies greatly based on the designer, but I think you have PLENTY of time to work with! Make sure you are comfortable with the person you are working with. This is your big day, and you might as well do a little more work now, to avoid a big headache closer to the wedding! 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Oh and yes, once you have the dress picked out, you usually provide the bridesmaids’ measurements, and they help you determine the correct sizes for each one.

Post # 5
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5399 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

This place seems like they are full of scatterbrains.  I would go elsewhere and see what you can do.  Maybe you can find the same dress, or something similar elsewhere.  Another place will be able to order based on the measurements you give them.  As far as how long it will take to get the dresses, it depends on who you order them from.  My BM dresses were supposed to take something like 16 weeks I believe, but we had them in less than half that time if I remember properly.  Either way, just give yourself plenty of time to order so it doesn’t become a last minute stressor.

Post # 6
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796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Yea…sometimes there is a reason the more expensive places are more expensive. Try to find the dress elsewhere or look for another dress. It is not worth the stress this is going to create for you. If you’re really worried about price, you could look in department stores for dresses the girls could wear.

Post # 7
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184 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would definitely find somewhere else.  You don’t want to gamble with your BM dresses, and this would definitely be a gamble.  It’s likely you can find the dress or something very similar somewhere else!  Also, a lot of privately owned boutiques will price match, so you can try that.  Luck!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

Can you order the dresses directly? I have been in several wedding and there is always drama when dealing with a bridal shop. My favorite bit is when they measure you and then the dress still comes in a few sizes too large so Surprise! You have to pay for alterations. We ordered J.Crew dresses and they were perfect. They came in quickly and there was no drama what so ever.

Post # 9
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165 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

A quick tip for ordering through a bridal shop – lie about your wedding date.  Say it is a month before it really is.  The shops I have experienced will intentionally not give you the dresses until about 1-2 weeks before the wedding so you’re desperate and use their very overpriced alterations service.  So if you buffer the date, you still have control over the alterations, which can end up costing more than the dress!

Post # 10
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1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Definitely do some research on that store! You may want to go ahead and look at some other stores also

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

First, yay! We have the same wedding date! Second, go with a bridal shop. I paid close to $300 for my wedding dress just to be able to work with a shop versus ordering it online. You can also bargain with bridal shops pretty well. I got $40 knocked off the price of my girls’ dresses because I told them I found them online for cheaper 🙂

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