(Closed) When to order bridesmaid dresses?

posted 7 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: When did your girls order their bridesmaid dresses?
    1 month : (0 votes)
    2 months : (0 votes)
    3 months : (2 votes)
    9 %
    4 months : (8 votes)
    35 %
    5 months + : (13 votes)
    57 %
  • Post # 3
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    7296 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    mine ordered theirs just over 3 months before the wedding. i have always heard that is the rule of thumb to go by. but i would try to do it 4 months before in case of any complications and so they have adequate time to get alterations done if needed.

    Post # 4
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    3564 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I think we ordered ours by May 1st, which is about 5 months before the wedding. I would ask the store what the recommend–bridal stores may have a longer lead time than a store like JCrew or regular clothing store. 

    Post # 5
    Hostess
    16213 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    We ordered ours about six months early because the store said that, at most, they may take four months to arrive. They likely will take only 2 to 3 months to arrive, but we were playing it safe.

    Post # 6
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    260 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I ordered them about 11 months before the wedding.  Everyone told me how early I was but my sister’s dress came in with a big stain on it and its now been 2 months and we still don’t have her dress.  Luckily we still have 6 months but this is why I did it so early!!

    Post # 7
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    5118 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’m in a wedding this summer and the woman at the store said it will take about 4 months to come in, eep! So factoring in alterations, I think I’ll be buying a dress in two weeks or so, and I won’t be comfortable until it’s here. How terrible would it be to be the one bridesmaid without a dress!

    Post # 9
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    2054 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I ordered mine around the 4 month mark…but they only took a month and a half to come in…but I think I was lucky!

    Post # 10
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    82 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I ordered mine super early….like last Novemeber and my wedding is August. However, my BM’s are all over the country – and where I got them (Macys) they won’t place the order until they all paid a deposit/sent measurements in…and that took some time.

    Also make sure you have time for alterations – the bridesmaid dress I recently wore had to have 6 inches taken off it was so long on me – so was glad I had the time to get that settled.

    Post # 11
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    1844 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

      I have ordered a dress approximately three months before the big day, and it came in about a month before the wedding (this was through David’s Bridal). Most places seem to recommend 8-12 weeks, plus you would want to allow some time for alterations.

      Hope this helps!

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