(Closed) Buying BM dresses from Etsy

posted 7 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
148 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve had very good experience with Etsy.  With that being said, however, you always have to be wary of online retailers, period.  The positive reviews are helpful, but even very reputable retailers have disappointed me before (Victoria’s Secret for example).  While ordering online is generally fine, you have to take extra precautions when the thing being ordered is such a big part of your wedding.

Here’s my advice.  First of all, make sure you measure everyone correctly, since it is my assumption that your girls can’t get measured in person by this seamstress.  There are several youtube videos and online charts that can help you with this.  Send the measuring video or chart that you used to the seamstress so that she can be sure to do her own measurements the same way you did yours.

Second, order as far in advance as you possibly can.  This will provide you time to “fix” things if something goes wrong.  If the seamstress goes out of business, moves to Canada, messes up the measurement, or just does a bad job, then you have time to send it back to be fixed, get alterations, or find new dresses.

Finally, pay her for one dress, have her make it, and then have her ship it to you.  When you get it, try it on the girl to ensure her sizing is correct, look at the quality, and see how long it takes the seamstress to produce this dress.  If you get the dress and something is wrong, you can speak with the seamstress and fix things before she messes up ALL the dresses 🙂

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