Post # 1
Hey everyone. I’m about to order my bridesmaid dresses. I want a Dessy dress that is not so common, but I’ve found a few places around me that carry it. I started to get concerned when the play I was planning on ordering it from (RK Bridal in Manhattan) has a policy that you cannot return or exchange the dresses. When I looked into a few other places, they have the same policy! Is this normal? I’m paranoid that the measurements won’t be correct for one of the girls and then the dress won’t fit and we won’t be able to exchange it!
Please let me know if this is totally normal or if I have to keep looking for a place that doesn’t have this policy! Thanks!
Post # 3
The only bridal store I encountered that allowed returns on Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses was David’s Bridal. And of course, places like JCrew. All of the boutique-type stores had an all-sales-final policy.
When your BMs get measured, they’ll be advised to order a size based on their largest measurement, with the thought that the rest of the dress will be altered to fit. It can be a nervewracking process, I know. 🙁
Post # 4
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@manutd1125: VERY NORMAL. They’re protecting themself in case a Bridesmaid or Best Man drops out or the wedding gets cancelled. It’s just like most bridal boutiques.
Post # 5
That’s usually pretty standard. They order the dress specifically in your size so usually you cannot return it.
Post # 6
The Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses we had were ordered online and they were not returnable becuase of custom measurements. When we went into the bridal store we couldn’t return any of the dresses we bought there either. It is just a way for them to protect themselves if you alter it. They can’t sell it after that. You could, however, sell it somewhere else like through classifieds or online if something did go wrong.
Post # 7
@manutd1125: completely normal since dresses are ordered and made especially for your bridal party – stores don’t typically carry them in stock (maybe David’s Bridal). Have your girls get measured by a seamstress so the measurements are right, and consult the bridal shop with the best sizes to get. It’s always best to get a size up to ensure a fit, then have the dress altered to each girls’ size.
Post # 8
Ok, thanks everyone! Yeah, it is a little scary, but makes sense. Thanks again!
Post # 9
One more question! I know that you’re supposed to order to accomodate the biggest part of your body. Did you guys order the dress that just fit for your girls or did you pick one size bigger? i.e. If your hips are 38″ and the chart says that a size 8 is 38″, did you order the 8? or maybe the 10 which is 39″ just in case?
Post # 10
Order the largest size for the part of your body, and have the rest altered. The best thing would be for yoru BMs to go somewhere and be measured by a store that carries this line of dresses, if not the store you’re ordering from.