Sally Grigsby (Owner of Belle Bridal) gives expert video advice on: Should I choose my bridesmaid dresses by myself?; How far in advance should I order bridesmaid dresses?; When should I choose my bridesmaid dresses? and more...
Should I choose my bridesmaid dresses by myself?
It's a very good idea to choose your bridesmaid's dresses yourself. You will find that most bridesmaid's lines have very good websites, which you can go to and look at styles in the comfort of your own home, and you can usually click on the color to change the color to a color that you're liking. Once you've done the initial research, it is then time to take your bridesmaid shopping with you.
How far in advance should I order bridesmaid dresses?
Bridesmaid dresses take typically 12 weeks to manufacture. So again, you'll need to allow time, not only for the bridesmaid gowns to be made, but also for shipping and alterations.
When should I choose my bridesmaid dresses?
It's very important to choose your bridesmaid dresses just as soon as you possibly can after you've chosen your wedding gown. And the reason for this is that very often, especially if you have a lot of bridesmaids, the process can be very difficult to get all the girls to get their measurements, and into the store in order to order their gowns in a timely manner.
How much time will it take for my bridesmaid dress alterations?
Typically it will take four to six weeks for bridesmaid's dress alterations. If you have a situation where your bridesmaid needs to get her gown altered in a much faster time, perhaps she's flying in from out of state to the alterationist, then it's a good idea to have the alterationist set that time aside so she can do those alterations quickly for you.
Should I wait to order my bridesmaid dresses until I have all their measurements?
Always wait to order your bridesmaid dresses once you have all the girls' measurements. The reason for this is that it is much more effective to place the order at one time - less mistakes can be made that way and also you are ensuring that the gowns are going to be cut from the same dye lot of cloth. If you order them in a separate times you make it mismatched dye lots.
If I am pregnant can I get a special bridesmaid dress?
There are many companies that offer special bridesmaids dresses for pregnant bridesmaids. If you have a bridesmaid in the party who is likely to be pregnant when she orders her gown please make sure that you let the bridal salon know that and they will help you with the ordering process.