When did you go bridesmaid dress shopping?

posted 2 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
1751 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I didn’t ask mine- we went in January and got married this past October. 

I let them all pick different dresses as long as they were the same colour and fabric and it worked out fine as everyone found something they were comfortable with spending wise. 

Post # 3
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

We went at the end of January for a 1st September wedding, the dresses are due in any day now. A year is quite early for bridesmaids, most places seemed to recommend 6 months.

I bought my bridesmaids dresses (as traditional in the UK) so can’t help with what I did, but I’d suggest asking them all individually. It seems a bit clinical to get them to fill a form in, whereas a private text saying “hi, what sort of figure are you comfortable with?” Seems a lot more friendly.

Post # 4
565 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

We went 6 months before the wedding as I’d heard they took 3-4 months to be made and then come in (I’m in Australia though). I had a chat with them and said I’d be happy to buy their dresses and asked if they would be ok to buy shoes and to organise the hens. I started sending them pics of the kind of dresses I liked months before so I got feedback about style and colour first so maybe you could do this as a good starting point? 

Post # 6
1944 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

First I got my dress, then I went shopping with my mom and mother in law, then with grandparents and then with bridesmaids. We got married in September 2017 and we got the dresses January 2017.

Post # 7
2798 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

We bought bridesmaid dresses 10 months in advance (ordered online). I asked my girls what their budgets were individually, and then made sure it was even lower than their max range (i.e. they said around 150, I picked one at 90). 

Post # 8
201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

8-9 months in advance for me.  I had my 2 sisters as my BMs.  I went with one who lives in my city in advance to narrow down options, then went while my other sister was visiting for Christmas.  I got the dresses at David’s bridal and they took a while to come in so we went fairly far in advance.  With alterations, etc, we didn’t want to cut it close.

Post # 9
1363 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Banquet Hall/Conference Center

Word of advice – don’t start asking them more than 6 months in advance for dress ideas. In fact, don’t ask their opinions at all if you can help it – it really ends up in a mess. Narrow down a couple dresses yourself and then let them pick from the options you narrowed down. Talking about it more than 6 months in advance just tires everyone out in my opinion.

Also, while I’m at it:


If you use Azazie and any of your bridesmaids (or you) are a student, they have a student discount program that you should totally take advantage of. Unfortunately, we didn’t realize this in time so I’m spreading the word here. Make sure you email them 3 DAYS BEFORE you place your group order. Also, note that they operate on weekdays only, so you won’t get ahold of customer service on weekends.


Kind of annoyed I didn’t know about this earlier or they didn’t advertise it :/

Post # 10
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

We went in March for my August wedding, and the dresses just came in the other day (David’s Bridal).  I didn’t require my bridesmaids to get a specific dress, just a specific color.  So basically, they could find a dress they liked in their budget.  

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