Time It Well: Whether your bridesmaids are buying designer or off_the_rack, or renting their dresses, you should set and stick to a timeline to ensure no one is scrambling at the last minute. For a designer gown, it will take two to three months for the order to arrive, and then another four to six weeks for any alterations, so six months is an ideal time frame. Because off_the_rack dresses may sell out quicker, as soon as you find a style you love, you should have your attendants purchase it. Renting a gown can take at least two weeks to receive, so make sure they plan accordingly.
Find the right fit: A bridesmaid dress is typically ordered using a person's biggest measurements (from the bust, waist and hips), so your friends will likely buy dresses at least a size larger than they normally wear. If a friend wants to buy a size smaller, let her know it's much easier to alter a larger dress, and if the dress ends up being too small, she'll likely have to order a new one and you'd hate for that to happen.
by Amanda J. Suiter on Aug 10, 2018 Bridesmaids