(Closed) How long before did you order BM dresses?

posted 4 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
3276 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

April should be fine. We ordered ours in January for our June 7 wedding and they were in my mid March. 

Post # 3
1937 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

FutureMrs.Huemiller:  I would definitely err on the side of ordering in December. I was in a wedding last year in August, and we ordered in February. The dresses didnt arrive until mid July, giving us just a few weeks until the wedding to get them altered. I am getting married next August and plan on having the girls order this month. If you already know what dresses you want, I don’t see any reason to wait. Having the dresses just sitting around isn’t going to hurt anything. I’d rather know for certain the dresses will arrive in time. 

Another option is to get her measurements before she leaves, and order her dress for her while she is studying abroad.

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Post # 4
2273 posts
Buzzing bee


I work at a bridal boutique and I recommend 6 months prior to the wedding date. The reason is most bridesmaids designers take up to four months for making the dresses plus add an extra week for delivery to the shop. You also want your girls to have ample time for alterations so add 1-2 months, so you’re already at the 5-6 month mark. Especially now since holidays are coming up and production stops, designers can get back logged and take longer than normal. Always better to have more time than waiting to the last minute and having to pay extra rush fees. 

Post # 5
11113 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011


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Post # 6
11113 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

FutureMrs.Huemiller: I ordered 6 months before the wedding. It will depend on the designer for league times. Have you chosen which ones you like yet?

Post # 7
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We ordered about 6 months in advance. We were told they take around 4 months to come in, giving us 2 months to have them altered.

Post # 8
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

My girls ordered theirs a year before. We could have waited but they all wanted to just order them so it would be all set

Post # 9
2499 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I can’t remember when we got ours but I chose dresses that were just normal dresses and not Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses. I saw one in a shop, got one of them to try it on said “yes” and then had to search high and low for the others. If you have a specific dress in your head and you see it, then go for it. If you aren’t too bothered then wait until 6 months prior. 

You can see my ladies in the background. Please excuse the large size  

Post # 10
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I ordered my Bridesmaid or Best Man dress in late May, and it showed up it first weekend of August, which gave me over 3 weeks to have a local seamstress alter the dress. The wedding took place on Labor Day weekend. I think your friend will be ok holding off ordering until she’s back from Nepal.

Btw, the dress I ordered was an Alfred Sung cocktail style dress, and all I needed to have done was hemming and take in the bodice. So if you do chose a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress that is more time consuming to alter, you might wanna keep that in mind, or ask local tailors how long it takes to alter a dress if needed.

Hope this helps!

Post # 11
372 posts
Helper bee

I ordered their dresses 2 weeks ago for my wedding which isn’t until May. I’ve heard that Dessy dresses can take up to 4 months to make and another month to arrive in Australia and wanted a big buffer in case we need to do alterations. One of my bridesmaids is also living in Bangkok and I won’t be able to give her the dress until April when she flies in for the Hens.

Post # 12
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

FutureMrs.Huemiller:  I would try and do it as soon as you can! My wedding is at the end of April and we ordered dresses in mid-October. We ordered their dresses and they are not expected to arrive until February which will give them just eough time to get altered. I am glad we didn’t wait longer!

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