(Closed) When to purchase BM dresses?

posted 9 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

Make six months your max time, then.  You could probably do about four months safely, but after that, things start to get busy, and I think you’ll want to know that’s taken care of and remove it from your mental to-do list!

Post # 4
53 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I’m doing the same thing, but I’m getting married in November and 3 of my 6 girls STILL haven’t bought their dresses yet!  I’m really not stressed though, they all have swatches and one of them is Maid/Matron of Honor for her sister’s wedding, so I know they are busy with other things.  I just figure that it will get done at some point, and my feeling is that if they are off the rack, there is less of a chance they will need major (or any) alterations.

Post # 5
1084 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

With all the places out there 6-9 mo is way more time than needed (unless it’s a bridal place), though I wouldn’t put it off for too long.  We got ours 2 mo before the wedding, and everyone got the same dress and color.  It was a bit more headache than I planned for, since I wasn’t loving the ‘seasons’ styles so I searched for a good month (and then waited for prices to come down which meant a few went out of stock), so if you find something you like I’d say don’t wait too long.  That said, we got ours from Nordstrom and they were there within within a week and really nice quality.  Two girls ended up going for a different size, which took another week, and a couple have gotten the length hemmed so it falls more at their knee then below, which has taken another 1-2 weeks.  So now it’s a month before the wedding, and there’s a month to spare and I’m happy, but I’d say 2 months before is probably the longest you’d want to wait.

Post # 7
2889 posts
Sugar bee

My girls just ordered their off hte rack dresses and we are now 12 months out. Since I was not doing black it has been harder to find. At first, I wanted navy dresses but ended up liking a lt. blue dress from Nordstrom which was on sale so I asked them all to odrer it. I called Nordstrom before anyone placed the order to make sure there was plenty of stock in the sizes I needed (this was really good because they told me there were only 2 sz. 4s left so I made sure my Maid/Matron of Honor was able to get one before asking the others to purchase). Additionall, I am happy they came from Nordstrom because of the return policy. I won’t see any of the girls until December but if I (or they) hate the dresses in person, we can return them in December to the store and start over.

FYI, Banana Republic had a lot of cute black dresses in the LBD category, maybe you BMs can even catch one of their frequent sales or email coupons.

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