Post # 1
My ladies are not buying “traditional” bridesmaids dresses. I’ve asked each to find a black dress in a specific length range that she feels comfortable in (with her appearance, and fit) that is dressy enough for a wedding. My Matron of Honor bought hers from Marshall’s (I know- Crazy, but it is gorgeous!). She couldn’t WAIT to buy her dress, which is fine because now she is happy, and we have a fabric to suggest for the other two.
My question is, if you are buying off the rack, not ordering gowns, when should you purchase them? All checklists I’ve seen say order dresses 6-9 months before the wedding, but I don’t feel we need to get them that early. My fear is that they will buy them too early and they won’t fit by time the wedding arrives or less likely they will wait too long, and won’t be able to find something they like/is a similar fabric to MOH’s dress.
What is your suggestion? I’m sure there are others who have done this. Do you have any advice? How did it work out for you?
Post # 3
- 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
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
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 # 6
Thanks ladies! I think Fall/Winter is probably a good time if I’m looking for black dresses. Once they start putting spring dresses out I think it’ll be more difficult. Then again you can always find a little black dress somewhere I just don’t want my sister and Future Sister-In-Law to have to spend a fortune (defeats the purpose) so I think I’ll try to stick to 4-6 months! Sounds like anything after 4 months will be more stress that I just don’t need! Thanks again ladies!
Post # 7
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.