Post # 1
Hi ladies, I’m in a bit of a conundrum and would love some advice. I have a (rather large) bridal party with 7 bridesmaids. We recently received their dresses, and every single dress is too small. Although the girls ordered according to the recommended size based on what the consultant said, they can’t make these dresses work. One, for example, doesn’t zip up about four inches in the back. Another is so tight that the seams are stretching and on the verge of splitting when she sits down. No one has gained/lost any weight since they tried on dresses, so these dresses technically should fit.
The unfortunate part is that the bridal shop’s policy states that they don’t do any sort of refund, returns, exchanges, or free alterations if the dresses don’t fit. I’m trying to think of a solution that works best for us and the vendor as well. So, here are my ideas:
1. Speak with management at the bridal store to see if we can work something out.
2. Offer to pay for alterations for the girls’ dresses to offset the cost (they already paid about $170 for the dresses).
3. Start from scratch and look for new dresses?
Extreme diet/weight loss measures aren’t an option 🙂
Has anyone else had this situation? Were there any solutions that worked? What outcomes did you have?
Post # 3
You should speak to management. I mean all the dresses are too small based on their recommendations. Seems like they didn’t know how the sizes ran after all. They should work with you to make it better!
Post # 4
Have you tried calling the dress shop? Maybe by telling them that EVERY SINGLE girl’s dress doesn’t fit then they will make an exception since its highly unlikely that ALL the girls gained weight? Just a thought. Alterations may be pretty pricey….
Post # 5
Oh my! That is a sticky situation. I would def not start all over. You’ll be out of even more money that way. Do you have a pic of the dress. Maybe if you can find matching fabric a really good seamstress can add panels to the sides.
BUT FIRST: I would talk to management. Were your girls measured? If the consultant told you to order those sizes, they should be able to do something. Especially since every single dress is to small.
Post # 6
Yeesh! Paying for 7 sets of alterations is pretty costly. I think that most bridesmaids anticipate having to pay for alterations (even AFTER having their measurements taken – how often does any dress fit perfectly off the rack?) If you really feel bad about it, maybe offer to pay half the cost of the alterations, or get them a little something extra special as gifts.
Also, it’s not your fault the bridal salon screwed up the sizing when they ordered. I’d talk to the manager and see if they can cut you a deal on the alterations (30% off?). The salon should know how the sizing works for the line of dresses they carry & inform the buyers. You just bought 7 dresses from them, they should be able to work with you.
Post # 7
Every dress is too small? Doesn’t sound right. Who took the measurements? If the attendent did then sounds like their problem. If you brought the measurements to them that could be a problem. I would ask them to provide the measurements they used and compare them to the girls. If everything is the same then someone made a mistake and they need to make good.
If you can get all this information and they should give it to you if they are reputable then they may see the error. Or could it be the sizing chart for those dresses are wrong. So many options but I hope you see where I am going with this. Get as much info to make your case and then discuss with management.
As for another option with alterations consult with a seamstress and see how much each dress can be let out and their cost, it may not be as expensive as you think and may save you alot of headaches and hassles.
Another option would be to make the back a corset lace up which allows for much more flexibility on sizing.
Hope this helps a bit
Post # 8
Thanks for the help, everyone. The girls were all measured by the consultant, who was going off the measurements on the chart. So, tomorrow I’ll talk with the store and see what they have to say!
Post # 9
Ya I would definitely talk to the store. I’m sure they can work something out. If they were measured by the consultant and all the dresses are too small then they definitely made a mistake and should let you exchange for larger sizes. Good luck and let us know how it works out!
Post # 10
ok if all else fails… i know a wonderful body shaper that takes up to 3 sizes of immediatly…
Post # 11
Good news – the store is going to remeasure all of the girls and compare with the original measurements. So, if the dresses were indeed cut too small, they’ll do the alterations for free. Hopefully we’ll end up with a good resolution!