BRIDESMAID DRESS. WHEN TO PURCHASE?

posted 2 weeks ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
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Honey bee

Well, it doesn’t take longer to order and receive a dress than it takes to conceive, grow, and birth a human baby, so I would say you still have a pretty big window of time.  A few months max is fine, less if you’re willing to pay rush shipping.

How long it takes a dress to come in depends on the manufacturer, but a lot of shops inflate that (whether it’s just wiggle room to be safe or scare tactics to makes a sale).  And a lot of this will depend on whether your SIL is going to be flexible (i.e. everyone just pick out a dress you like in these colors) or semi-flexible (i.e. everyone has to pick from these three styles by this manufacturer in this color), or wants complete decision-making authority over the dress (i.e. you must pick this dress in this color by this designer).  And if it’s the latter, then is that dress going to be fitted or flowing such that it can hide some weight fluctuation.  If it’s the former then I would hold off as long as possible in ordering (check with the store on timeframes – you can’t guarantee you will be the exact same measurements or that you won’t actually be pregnant) or just let her know that you aren’t comfortable committing to a size as you expect your weight to fluctuate and see if she’ll go the flexible or semi-flexible route where you can pick a dress that will work if your weight fluctuates or at least pick a dress that isn’t likely to be discontinued any time soon.

Post # 4
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Worker bee

sarahjc9588 :  are you planning on breastfeeding? I only ask because the first two months postpartum when building a milk supply I was a solid two+ cup sizes up from usual. Size has calmed down a bit now that my baby is five months and my supply is set, but it will really make a difference which month you give birth for how the top of a dress will fit. I’d wait to shop until you’re pregnant (fingers crossed for a baby for you!) 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

I’d wait as long as possible then buy a dress a size or two bigger than normal. Preferably a dress that is bump friendly…. if it’s soon after delivery you might still look a little pregnant. They can alter down but making bigger is harder. 

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