Post # 1
Hi all! I was curious when everyone started to shop for bridesmaid dresses. I’m purchasing my dress next week, and am just so eager to start looking at Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses! My wedding is May 2019 so not sure if it’s too early. Just looking for opinions!
Also as a side note, how did you ask your BM’s their dress budget? I was considering making a google form or something where I give them a few different ranges (under $100, $100-$150, etc) but didn’t know if this was super cheesy and I should just ask them individually. Thanks!
Post # 2
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
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
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 # 5
sunnybee88 : thanks! That’s a good idea I’ll think I’ll start with that 🙂
Post # 6
- 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
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
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
- 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
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.