Post # 1
What is the best way to go about gathering bridesmaids to go shopping for dresses? I have 6 bridesmaids, and I was thinking about just making a facebook event and sending it to them. They all have different schedules, but I figured if I just picked a date it would be best, rather than everyone stressing and trying to figure something out.
I’m not sure how people usually go about getting everyone together for this, so if you have any better ideas please let me know! Thanks 🙂
Post # 3
I only had 2 of my maids with me… honestly I think bringing 6 people to dress shop is a bit much. Do you have a maid of honor and maybe one other who you’d most want to bring? Both dress shops I went to had seating for maybe 3-4 in each area, and I know some shops even have a limit to how many people you can bring.
All that said, I think it’s smart to pick the date that works for you and let people either come or not, rather than trying to pick a date that works for everyone. A FB invite sounds like a fine way to spread the word!
Post # 4
I’m bringing mine one at a time, but that’s only because my wedding is SOOO far off and my BMs schedules are all over the place. My Maid/Matron of Honor has her dress picked out (not ordered, just chosen) and my other’s still need to come shopping with me.
I think that FB would work fine! FB event won’t, though, because you have to pick a date for that I think? I could be wrong. Maybe send a FB message addressed to everyone instead that way everyone will have all the girls’ contact information and they can chat together in the thread to decide a date. You’re getting married in June? I was told to get my dresses picked out 6 mos in advance to allow for alterations and all that other crap that comes with it so definitely give them a deadline. Something like “Hey ladies! It’s about time for dress shopping so we need to pick a date that works for everyone. The wedding is quickly approaching! So we need to have everyone’s dress order placed by Janurary 31 (or there abouts. Ask your shop what they suggest) to make sure everyone’s come back in time for the big day. When can we go? I am free….” then offer a weekend that works for you, maybe two weeks out from the date you send this message to give them time to shuffle things around if need be. I’d pick a deadline maybe two weeks earlier than necessary to give a little buffer time for last minute anything (sick child, car breaks down, called into work).
Try to get all the brides to get their dress from the same store as each other or even the same store as your gown. Several places I’ve looked at offer specials for brides who do this. Some are a free Bridesmaid or Best Man dress, some is buy 4 get the 5th 50% off, 25% off the gown or 10% off the entire purchase. Shop around and see what you can find. Also, I wouldn’t get alterations done anywhere that send the dress off. Some shops I’ve been to do this, and I just don’t trust it (I might be paranoid, but I want my dress to stay IN SHOP!!) There are a few who keep it in shop that I have seen to it’s not an unusual request. And just because they do offer alterations doesn’t mean you need to get it there, it’s usually much more expensive (like David’s Bridal). I’m getting my dress altered at my regular tailor shop who happens to do wedding alterations. A wedding dress is just a dress, it gets hemmed the same. I can’t speak on the difficulty of any specialty alterations like adding or subracting for the dress itself but I would still shop around to a decent prince. As I’m sure you’ve noticed if the word “wedding” or “bridal” is attached to anything (cake, dress, photographer, SHOP), the price goes up. I know I wrote way more than just saying “yeah, that’ll work” but I hope this helps!
Post # 5
@All In: I agree, maybe do three and three?