(Closed) No exchanges/returns on bridesmaid dresses??

posted 5 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
Hostess
16215 posts
Honey Beekeeper

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
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4439 posts
Honey bee
  • 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
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8294 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

That’s usually pretty standard. They order the dress specifically in your size so usually you cannot return it.

Post # 6
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7652 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@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 # 10
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12954 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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.

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