When did you purchase your dress?

posted 3 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
1148 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I was only engaged for six months, so got bridesmaid dresses fairly soon after I decided who I wanted my BMs to be, and asked them. I think it we probably looked and ordered three and a half months before the wedding, they took about two months to get in, and then add extra time for alterations.

It’ll all depend on where you go, if you want a color that is a “cut to order” color, or a more popular one, as well as styles, etc. It wouldn’t hurt to start looking early, even if just to get some ideas of what you want.

Are you letting your BMs have a say in their dresses, or are you going to pick them out for them?

Post # 4
22125 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

My girls ordered theirs about six months out just for peace of mind and to guarantee plenty of time for alterations and such.

Post # 5
2962 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We had picked out the dresses we wanted to purchase last summer but the girls didn’t purchase their dresses till this past January. 2 BMs got their dresses off the rack so they could put them on layaway and only 1 BM had to order her size but her dress was at the store the next month (it came in 3 weeks!). They got their dresses from DB.


Post # 6
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My ladies ordered their dresses about 10 months before the wedding. The reason is, I was told the color of the dresses might be discontinued after the holiday season because it was considered a seasonal color. So they got them before winter ended so we had the right color.

Post # 7
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I am planning on getting mine before September just because one of my bridesmaids is only in the country until then and probably won’t be back until the wedding! She is working on her PHD in England at the moment.

Post # 8
377 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

My bm deadline is at the end of August. That gives me a peace of mind and also let me knows who is still in it and who isn’t.

Post # 9
6173 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

we shopped and ordered 7 months out, but i got engaged 8 months out.

dresses are already in.  girls will get their alterations done in august.

Post # 10
3199 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@ladybugmommy2010:  when i was in a wedding last year, they only had a 6 month engagement, so we ordered ours about 3 months before. my girls ordered theirs in February for my October wedding.

Post # 11
495 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had my ladies order theres 7 months before our wedding, which was good because one of the dresses was sent back with out me or my MOH knowing it was even in and took another month to get it back to the store to pick up.  I could only imagine the craziness that would have taken place if this would have happened 3 weeks before our wedding.  My girls are getting alternations next month 🙂  YAY!!!

Post # 12
1040 posts
Bumble bee

@Ms_Purple:  Date twins! 🙂


I too, am planning on getting my dress in September (so, 8 months before my wedding) to give myself enough time to find a dress, have it ordered (or in my case, made,) and have time for alterations (because I’m still losing weight). 

Post # 13
756 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I actually was probably about a year ahead of time. I didn’t want to go the traditional route and go to a local bridal store. I ordered a bunch of options for everyone to try on. I anticipated having to do several rounds of this but we found them in the first batch.

Post # 14
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Omg I’m hoping to get them this Saturday for a mid-November wedding.  I don’t have measurements for two of the BMs, so I don’t know how that’s going to work, but the lady at the store seems unconcerned.

My problem is that I’m stuck on a Fall 2013 dress that’s only being shown in trunk shows right now…the colors aren’t even listed on the web.  The bridesmaid dress store was able to nab the samples…runway samples…so we will be looking and NOT trying on. If it’s iffy, the first time it will be shown in my area is August 2-ish…UGH.

Post # 16
3084 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@ladybugmommy2010:  we didn’t order them yet, but I know what I want to get. We will probably order them in October. 

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