Post # 1
Hey bees! just curious as to when you think bridesmaids should have bought their dresses… 1month in advanced..? 2? 3? I do, like everyone else, want my bridesmaids to have their dresses and have them altered already for my wedding date.. just wondering when your BMs bought their dresses!
Post # 3
I’m a year and 4months out and I think I found the dress for my girls… I’m wondering when I can ask them to buy? Thinking in about 3 months I’m gonna ask them to try on and order which would mean 1 year out.
Post # 4
@vmec: thanks! i was wondering if i was the only one asking them to purchase a year out! Do you think you will have a deadline as to when you want them to have it by?
Post # 5
David’s Bridal checked and told us that all the dresses we tried on required 8 weeks (plus any time needed to do alterations). I’d say 3-4 months just to be safe, but it depends on the place.
Post # 6
You do not need to order a year out! We went bridesmaid dress shopping in Feb for our August wedding. The girls ordered their dresses about 4 months out from our wedding. The dresses took 12 weeks to ship so the girls had about a month before the wedding to get alterations done. This is plenty of time!
Post # 7
My BMS are ordering their dresses 3 months ahead. My Moh already made a deposit on her dress because her style was being discontinued so we went to the store and paid a partial amount to reserve the dress. Some brides want their maids to buy the dress way early but I just tried to be reasonable.
Post # 8
IMO, 4-6 months ahead TOPS is reasonable for purchasing the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses. Honestly, a year ahead is a little ridiculous if you ask me.
People gain and lose weight, change shape, etc – especially over the course of a full year. Most dresses I bought a year ago don’t fit me now. You want to ai to buy the dresses as close to the wedding as possible without putting your girls in a time crunch so that they will most acurately know their wedding day size and will be able to minimize alterations.
Post # 9
I agree that a year is too early. The girls could gain/lose weight… and you could make a lot of changes in your preferences for the wedding style. I would say six months is the earliest you should order them.
Post # 10
2-4 months sounds like a reasonable time to me
Post # 11
A few of the designers we looked at needed a 4-5 mo lead-time, so I would recommend looking at 6 mos, and then if you can wait longer to order, then that’s great, but then you’re not cutting down on your options.
Post # 12
I voted 2-4 months.
I chose J. Crew for bridesmaid dresses, in large part because they don’t require months (or even weeks) of lead time. One of my bridesmaids was trying to conceive; another was trying to lose weight, so ordering a year out (!!!) wouldn’t have worked.
Post # 13
My wedding is in 3 weeks! my last bridesmaid just got her on Monday – everyone else ordered about 2 months out.
Post # 14
For my wedding (March 5th), the dresses were ordered at the very beginning of October. They came in last week (7 weeks before the wedding). I wouldn’t do it too early. I would say ordering around 6 months out is fine. If you get too much earlier, you can have a lot of trouble with girls getting pregnant, gaining/losing weight, etc.
Post # 15
I am currently bridesmaid dress shopping now. We’ve been to 4 different salons and two more appointments this weekend. Some places say 2-3 months to order them. The place we went to last needed 4-6 months. We really loved the dresses there so we may end up going there but that means we would have to order now for my July wedding. So I voted for 5-7 months! But I started shopping with my Maid/Matron of Honor back in September just to see what was out there. We definitely weren’t going to order them because my Maid/Matron of Honor is TTC and one of my girls was planning on some surgery which might alter her measurements. Hope this helps!
Post # 16
@Karissa: I won’t “deadline” them becasue that sounds harsh and unecessary for my maids. Besides they are all the same size and most likely I won’t ask them to order until they are ready financially to spend the 130 on the dress. I’m keeping them on my mind. The wallets and comfort level mainly.
That in mind the poster who said they could gain or lose weight- yes, possibly but not my maids. They’re all extremely fit and have been for many many years. All for of us (3 maids and I) are a size 0 (davids bridal size 2) so I don’t have a thing to worry about size wise. But you know you and your preferences best as their sizes and lifestyles.