(Closed) When to Buy Bridesmaid Dresses

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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1217 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@KHR20507:  I think it depends on how expensive the bridesmaid dresses are. It also depends on how long Alfred Angelo REALLY needs their orders to get the dresses in on time, especially if you need the dresses a little early for alterations for a Bridesmaid or Best Man who could be preggo.

Hopefully some other bees here can chime in on how early you need to order from Alfred Angelo?

I talked to my BMs about prices and dress styles soon after we got engaged (our engagement will end up being 10 months total). About 6 months from the wedding, I emailed them a list of J. Crew Bridesmaid or Best Man dress styles and colors and asked them to order whichever they like from the list. Since I wasn’t picky about the style, I was pretty confident that even if one of the styles became discontinued, the girls could buy a different style or we could go bargain-hunting on eBay. One girl who is plus-size bought her dress 5 months from the wedding, because J. Crew recommends ordering plus-size dresses well in advance. Another girl bought hers on eBay 5 months in advance, just to have it taken care of. 2 girls bought theirs during flash sales on J. Crew’s website 4 months before the wedding. And 2 just bought theirs last weekend, so ~3 months in advance. That leaves everyone with time for alterations if they want them. I think this timing works out well. I know you’re worried about people getting busy over the holidays, but since you’re getting married in May, if some of your girls ordered their dresses in January, that would still give them 4-5 months before the wedding for the dresses to come in. But you are the boss so if you are super nervous then just be honest and tell them you’re worried!

Remember that BMs are on a budget, so if one girl is hesitating because she doesn’t have money saved up to buy a dress yet, be sensitive to that. You could lend her money, or else be patient and let her save up to buy it in the next few months.

Post # 5
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1736 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I didn’t order from Alfred Angelo (my bridesmaid dresses are Andrew Adela). That being said, we paid $179.00 for the dresses with the same 50% deposit required. I ordered the last weekend of March and the dresses literally came in one week ago. The dresses are a dark purple chiffon, floorlength and strapless. I was surprised at how long it took (it rivaled the length of time it took to get my wedding dress from Spain!!). I’m glad I ordered on the early side (7 months before my wedding).

Post # 6
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2781 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

The stores give you a timeline to prevent any problems. If the dress happens to be delayed for whatever reason, or the wrong one comes in, the timeline gives you time to have the issue fixed and alterations done. That’s a big thing too, alterations can take as long as a 2 months to be completed, it’s not like these places will only have your order on the job books, they will have 100’s of dress orders and alteration orders.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@drummerbride:  That’s true, although you don’t have to use Alfred Angelo for alterations. You can find any independent seamstress to do the job once your girls buy their dresses and pick them up in the store. With most seamstresses, you can do a rush job in a couple weeks, although they might charge you more or expect a tip. 

Post # 10
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1736 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@KHR20507:  They were all on board. No one questioned it when I explained that the bridal shop had instructed me to have them order in a certain timeframe. I think it’s pretty standard to order earlier rather than later!

Post # 11
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175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

When my BM’s and I picked the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses, we were deciding when to order them. The store told us 3 months (because i’m having a winter wedding, so they wouldn’t be too busy), I thought that didn’t give muchextra time, so we ordered them May 15th. As of the 3 month date (August 15th) dresses still were not in, and I was called today and told that there was a problem with the dresses, and they need to ALL be completely remade. Our new dress delivery date is : last week in September.

In my opinion, I would order them BEFORE the dress store tells you to in case something goes wrong.

My friend ordered a dress for my wedding, which is a bridesmaid dress, although she’s just wearing it, not as a bridesmaid.. anyways she ordered it 8 months ago, and it still isn’t in. The store had told her, she only needed to order it 6 months in advance! So thank god she didn’t listen to them!

ANyways, give it as much time as possible in my opinion, it’s better to have the dress in the girls’ closets waiting to be worn, then having them waiting to have their dresses arrive!
      If there’s a problem, and people don’t want to order them, I personally, just create a deadline as in “dresses MUST be ordered by this date”.

Hope that helps.

Post # 13
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166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My wedding is on May 19th.  I have asked my girls to have their dresses ordered by the end of October.  My sister (who lives on the other side of the country) asked why so early, I had told her of the length of time to arrive and the possiblilty of unexpected delays, alterations, ect and she did finally agree to order by then.  I love her to death, but she is the kind of person who will wait until the last possible moment to start something. 

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@KHR20507 & @emf51912, my wedding is in May 2014.  I’ve chosen a dress from Alfred Angelo too and am getting ready to send out the details for ordering to my bridesmaids.  I was wondering if a deadline of October of this year was too early to order too, but your comments are making me feel better about that.  Did any of you have junior bridesmaids?  I have one who’s 10, and we’ll be ordering from Alfred Angelo for her dress too.  The consultant at the store said we should wait until January to order since she’s still growing, but I’m wondering if that’ll be enough time to get the dress and and do any alterations if needed.

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