When Your Bridal Party Should Buy Their Dresses

Your bridesmaids’ dresses are really important – not just because they complement the overall aesthetic and theme of the Big Day but more importantly, because you really want your friends to look and feel special on your wedding day.  

What are some of the things you should remember about buying bridesmaids’ dresses – and more specifically, the timeline behind this?  

We have some tips for you – keep reading and learn more.  

  • There are two main categories of dresses you can choose for your lovely ladies. The first one falls into the custom or the designer category – gowns that need to be ordered well in advance, and which are usually of the highest quality. The second category being off the rack dresses – they may or may not be signed by a designer, but their main advantage is related to the fact that you don’t have extended lead times.  
  • If you want your bridesmaids to be dressed in beautiful custom gowns, you will have to plan for this well in advance. More specifically, your bridal party should allow themselves about seven months for the entire purchase and alteration process to be done. Generally, it takes approximately three months for the dresses to arrive and one to two months for them to be fully altered and ready to wear.  
  • If you choose something off the rack or readymade, you will still don’t want to dawdle when selecting the style and ordering.  The shipping process for readymade will usually take about one month, this doesn’t account for the time spent shopping for the dresses or alterations.  The reason we suggest moving fast is because most of these dresses are released seasonally and can go out of stock faster.  
  • Alternatively, you can always give your bridesmaids a few simple rules to follow, and allow them to get whatever dress they feel happiest in. No matter how high end a dress may be, a woman’s smile is always her best bet – and if your bridesmaids smile with confidence, they will radiate happiness on your wedding day.  

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