(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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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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