Bridesmaids Fittings – David's Bridal?

posted 2 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

akshali2000 :  My girls were out of town. They ordered online, and those who needed alterations did it on their own. Most only needed a hem. We ordered through DB but didnt use their alterations. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Honestly I don’t know. My Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses were from David’s Bridal and I don’t think any of mine needed alterations or hemming. I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man in a wedding recently at a boutique store and they still ordered standard sizes, we were on our own for alterations. I didn’t have mine altered at all but probably needed a hemming. I don’t think a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress has to fit *perfectly*, I would hate to make my BMs pay $100-150 extra for hemming or whatever (David’s wanted to charge that much).

Post # 4
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Newbee

I took all of my bridesmaids (except 1, she hasn’t gone yet) to David’s Bridal to see what size fitted them and to make it sort of a special 1 on 1 time with them. Their bridesmaid dresses tend to run small so while one might typically wear a size 12, she might feel more comfortable in a 14 or 16. My bridesmaids will be in floor length dresses and some will need to get theirs hemmed and some won’t. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

akshali2000 :  I was a bridesmaid in an out of state wedding & we all ordered online off DB and did our own fitting appts… I don’t even have a DB anywhere near me (nearest is 5 hours) so I just took my dress to a local wedding dress alterationist for the final touches (hemming, & my bust needed to be taken in since it was strapless).  It’s often cheaper to have an outside person do it than what they charge you at DB….

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I had one Bridesmaid or Best Man who lives out of the country but she used to live here and still visits occasionally.

We got together at DB a year before the wedding so they could try out dresses.  Everyone ordered their dresses on their own 6 months out and only needed hemming.

The guys needed fittings because we got their suits custom made for them.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

I think a lot of the reasons we don’t need alterations in everyday life is that 1) we don’t tend to wear as formal of clothing where exact fit matters and 2) if something doesn’t work quite right with our proportions we tend to put it back.  With bridesmaid dresses I’ve found sometimes a style is fabulous but needs some alterations to make it fit properly. (I think this is especially true if you’re picking one style for everyone as some dress shapes naturally work better with certain body types over others.)

You also DEFINITELY have to be measured as I found my Bridesmaid or Best Man dress size didn’t always match my street clothes size.

I’ve been in a couple weddings where we were located all over.  For one, we were told a specific style and color and it was up to us to find a store that carried it, get measured and ordered. The other time we were given a color and could pick our style as we wished.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

akshali2000 :  Yep!

My girls sizes ranged from 0-12.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Girls can go to their local DB and get fitted there. I think it’s important to get fitted. I went to DB and they said different styles of dresses run differently (you may be a 6 in one style and an 8 in another). The standard dress length will be perfect for a girl around 5’6 so shorter girls will need it hemmed. There is also an extra long length available that will suit girls that are taller than 5’7.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I’ve only been in one wedding, and I got to pick my own dress, so I got one that fit me well and didn’t need it altered.

My sister had been in a couple weddings where she got the dresses from DB. She got the dresses altered because she’s a really weird size. She always gets the dress altered by someone else (not DB) because it is far cheaper.

Post # 13
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Worker bee

akshali2000 :  Hi! I’m in your shoes as well- my bridesmaids span across several states (though all on the east coast), and they’re all different sizes too! I’m planning on doing mismatched dresses, so they will have a lot of freedom in the style of dress.  I am only restricting them to a certain color (champagne) and length (floor-length).  I think jjshouse.com and azazie.com are good choices since they customize measurements or you can order in a regular size.  I’m sure some of my girls will choose the DB route too so they can try on the dresses before purchasing. Azazie.com also has a “try-on” system where they send you dresses to try on for $10 each 🙂  

Let us know what you decide- good luck bee! 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

I also have geographically spread out bridesmaids and am doing mismatched. I want them to pick out what works for them at the price point they want. I went shopping with one at David’s Bridal and she’s apparently a “perfect 4” so no alterations needed for her. Depends on their body type I guess! 

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