Post # 1
I’ve decided to order bridesmaids dresses from Dessy since my bridesmaids are spread across several countries. Last week I was visiting my fiance’s family abroad so I invited his sister and my friend to go shopping for bridesmaids dresses. When the sales associate heard that the rest of the bridesmaids lived in the US they told us that unless we ordered the dresses all at once and from the same shop, the color would be inconsistent. They claimed different rolls of fabric (of the exact same color) will not look identical.
This seems strange to me because if a company sends me a fabric swatch I would expect any dress ordered of that color to match the fabric swatch (assuming they don’t redesign their collection/colors in between ordering the swatch and purchasing the dresses). It would be very poor quality control if each batch of dresses was a slightly different shade.
Have any of you been told something similar? My Future Mother-In-Law visited another shop and they assured her that regardless of whether we ordered the dresses in the US or the UK the color would still be the same. I’m suspicious it was the salesgirl’s attempt to get us to order all the dresses through her, but I plan to call Dessy to clarify.
Post # 2
I think your suspicions are correct, although I’ve personally never heard of the issue she stated could happen. Sounds like a ploy to get you to order then all from her.
Post # 3
I’m torn on this. For example with David’s Bridal, they constantly have stock of dresses and some of them get there so fast and the colors are consistent. However, ordering from a designer, we did Bill Levkoff dresses for a wedding I was in this year, the bridal salon wouldn’t put in the order until we all were sized so the dresses would be cut, sized and sent at the same time. These dress designers like to wait and fulfill full orders so they are coming off the same roll of fabric. I would contact the vendor directly and ask their policy and guidelines.
Post # 4
I had two BMs. My sister ordered her dress from a shop up in PA. My friend ordered hers from a shop in MD. Both came in and were the exact same color.
Many times when a shop gives you the whole “dye lot” spiel it is them trying to scare you into thinking that if you don’t order all dresses from them at one time then the colors will be off and your wedding will be ruined. Don’t fall for this. They are just trying to make more money off of you.
Post # 5
I think this was an issue in the past, but technology has improved so much that any difference in colour will be negligible. I wanted to order dresses from Dessy but when I received my swatches, none of the Alfred Sung dresses came in a colour even close to what I was looking for, and all looked totally different in person than online 🙁
Post # 6
I’m in the UK and ordered my dresses from Dessy and I was told the same. All of my dresses were ordered from the same shop but she wouldn’t order them until she had all the measurements and could order them all together.
She said there might not be a problem but they can’t guarantee if the material didn’t come from the same roll that the colour would be exactly the same. It might only be very slightly off but could be noticable when the dresses are next to each other and on pictures.
I ordered my dresses in August so it was fairly recently. I also ordered a swatch in June and the colour was slightly different to the dresses I received.
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2014 - Church and University
Having been in the bridal industry for 15+ years, I can tell you that dye lot variations ARE a real thing. However, in those 15+ years, I’ve seen a dye lot variation maybe twice (one Bill Levkoff, one Belsoie). So yeah, it’s totally rare, but totally feasible. And it won’t be a HUGE difference, but more of a “hue” difference…something you wouldn’t notice until all dresses are side by side. And you also can’t judge a color online – your monitor can vary a ton from the fabric sample. ALWAYS see it in person! I think you’d be fine to order the dresses from the various stores…the prices will probably be different too!
Post # 8
I’ve definitely heard this before. I had bridesmaids all over the US, so the ones from out of town just went to a shop local to them that carried the dresses we wanted, tried on a few styles and let me know what they liked. Then, I ordered them all from the local shop where my sisters were buying theirs.
Post # 9
We were told the same thing. My bridesmaids all wore Lela Rose, Dessy, etc and the colors from the sample dresses they tried were slightly different than the dresses we received (even the swatches we’re a little off). It didn’t matter for my wedding since they all wore different colors but it will make a difference if the dresses are all supposed to be the same color. Good luck!