Bridesmaid Advice

1. Do some research online first

Know what type of look you’re going for before you start to make your appointment. Having an idea of styles, fabrics, and colors will make the process so much easier. Every style of dress that designers carry can be viewed online and will save much time later.

2. Factor in more time than you think

Unless you are buying off the rack, you need to budget at least three to four months from when you place the order to when you get it. Many designers have their dresses cut overseas so it’s actually impossible for the boutique to expedite the process beyond a certain point. Orders for the entire bridal party are also placed at the same time to ensure quality control. Translation: Those perpetually late bridesmaids can delay the entire process and even create late fees for the entire party!

3. Have your bridesmaids professionally measured

Because each designer sizes differently, it’s important that each bridesmaid provide correct measurements in order to prevent problems later. Many brides have bridesmaids who live out of town or even out of state. It is important that they go to their local tailor to get their correct measurements when they call in their order.

4. Don’t forget to inquire about extra length

If your bridesmaid is 5’9″ or above, she will need extra length if wearing a long dress (especially if she’s wearing high heels). There is an additional cost to ordering extra length or fabric for her gown. Make sure that when she is calling in an order over the phone, that she lets the consultant know about her need for extra length.


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