Post # 1
Hello, I just started to plan my wedding for June 2010. I’m in need of a bit of help. I probably won’t be buying my wedding dress until this fall. I live miles away from where my wedding will be held on the East Coast and my bridesmaids are a bit spread out as well. (None live where I am now). Can someone tell me how soon I’m supposed to find my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses? Where did you guys first start looking? Is it best to go with a place like David’s Bridal that is pretty much all over? Etc… What’s the process and timeline?
Post # 3
Hello and welcome!
I’m in the same boat, all my BMs are in different states – all different from me as well. I looked around for a while at places like jcrew and nordstrom – every state has one or you can order online. I wound up picking a few dresses from the Dessy line (www.dessy.com) and asking the girls to try on samples at their local bridal salon. Sites like Dessy have a store locator section so you can see how many stores in the area carry what lines of dresses. I’d start there – I’m having pretty good luck with mine. I’ve found that the dresses generally take 4 to 10 weeks to come in before alterations.
Post # 4
hi…for both my upcoming wedding and a wedding that I was in this past february – we ordered dresses from dress code formal.
dresscodeformal.com is the web address, and the dresses are great. I don’t know if you would feel comfortable about ordering dresses online, but it was a no brainer for us and easy since most of my bridesmaids are also spread along the east coast (north and south) and one in AZ!
anyway – good luck!!
Post # 5
I second Dessy as that’s what all my BM’s did. Most actually ended up ordering their dresses from online websites with better pricing though. I would think all bridal lines (e.g. jim hjelm, mori lee, etc would work just as easily). Since most salons only carry samples in a couple of sizes, being able to try them on is of limited use (imho).
In the past I’ve also had the bride find a local (to her) salon give a group discount and we all just ordered from there and had it shipped.
And brick and mortar retailers (JCrew, Ann Taylor, Nordstrom, Macy’s) that are national are also a good way to go.
Post # 6
Bridesmaid dresses are the pits. Or at least that’s what I’ve found.
The first thing you should do is find out what price range your ladies are willing to buy in. That makes a HUGE difference as to what you can get. I got the bridesmaid dresses after my dress as well, which was a god send. My dress is a cotton eyelet material, so it became pretty important that the ladies didn’t have something more formal than my dress was (ie not shiny!)
I would recommend getting your dress in the late summerand then looking for the bridesmaid dresses in the fall. Many salons will give a discount to the maids if you get your dress in the same place. (My POB salon did and I got 15% off the girls’ dresses). Oh! And it took about 2 months for the ladies’ dresses to get in, so keep that buffer in mind.
As for them being out of state, once you know their price range, the material, length, and colors you are looking for, scour the web. Nordstroms, J.Crew, David’s Bridal, Priscilla of Boston, Dessy, and many others are located nationwide so they’ll be able to try things on in their area. Once you know the above qualifiers though, you probably won’t have too many options, so it will be much easier.
Good luck and be sure to post pics when you decide!
Post # 7
JCrew! They have a great selection, very reasonable prices (considering the cost of many of these bridal salons!), and each girl will most likely fit into one of their sizes — they carry petites in many of their dresses.
Another thing I liked about the jcrew dresses was that they don’t look so "bridesmaidsy." I’m hoping that my friends will actually wear them again somewhere!
Post # 8
You can go with a place like David’s Bridal, or you can even go with a place that everyone can shop online like Nordstrom or J. Crew. I would wait until a bit closer to the wedding, though, because you might change your mind about colors a few times, style, their weight might change, or like another poster, your BMs might get pregnant between now and then and they’ll end up having to buy two dresses if you buy too soon.
Post # 9
If you oder the dress online, maybe storeofdress.com is a good choice.