When we last left off, I had six bridesmaids, five dresses, and only two out of five of them were the correct size. After choosing the dress, the obvious next step is ordering them. As I’ve mentioned, my ladies are pretty spread out geographically. Since we didn’t go with a chain that has locations everywhere, this became a bit of a challenge. I told them where they bought the dress was completely up to them, but I wanted to give them options in case they didn’t feel like doing research of their own. I called around to a few salons in NYC and my hometown, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, hoping to find the best price. A really small boutique beat everyone else’s prices by $30 to $60, so five out of six of the girls decided to order through there. (Bridesmaid Source4 is three time zones away and thought it best to handle it herself.) The girls gave me their measurements, I passed them to the boutique, and we waited.
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Four months, two weeks, and five days later they finally arrive. (Not that I was counting.) The dresses get picked up…and then chaos breaks lose. I know lots of you lovely bees have spread out bridesmaids, so here’s what happened to me, and how I hope you can prevent it.
Problem #1: The bags were labeled incorrectly. My gorgeous bridesmaids are a vast range of sizes, so this mixup caused some minor panic when one girl received a dress that was over 10 sizes too small. It was an easily avoided panic, had I been thorough. ?
Solution #1: Before you distribute anyone’s dress, check the size to make sure it actually seems correct. I know this is BEYOND simple,香i港马会免费资料, but I didn’t think it’d be dangerous to assume a dress labeled “Cue” was for Bridesmaid Cue. You know what they say about assuming, though…
Problem #2: The measurements given don’t match the sizes that were ordered. Let me explain. A lot of sizing charts are available online. Here’s the one from Mori Lee:
Chart via Wedding Shoppe Inc
Here’s a hypothetical example of measurements that were given:
The size that showed up for this girl was a 12, which is fine in the bust and hips, but is really small in the waist. I’m no seamstress…but a dress that is three inches too small is not even close to zipping up. It seems better to order a size up, since it’s way easier to take IN a dress then take it OUT.
Solution #2: Order dresses by size, not measurements. Or at least bring this concern up to the salon when you’re ordering. I called the boutique we ordered from, who explained they give the measurements to the manufacturer and then they are the ones that select the size they “think is best.” Welp, that didn’t work out so well.
Problem #3: There isn’t time to order new sizes, even with rush. The minimum time frame is eight to ten weeks, which means they would arrive after our wedding. Not helpful.
Solution #3: TRIPLE check the lead time on the dress you’re ordering. My Mori Lees took over 12 weeks to come in. Had I done my diligent research, I would have known that was common and ordered a few months before I did. Each manufacturer is different, so pay attention…for instance, the dress I need for Bridesmaid Fresnel’s wedding came in four days after I ordered it online. (Thanks,培养各类苗木180万株, David’s Bridal!)
Problem #4: Most of the girls aren’t local, so they have to find their own tailors to work on them and see if they are even salvageable. If they all lived close, it would be easier to handle this all with the salon we ordered from.
Solution #4: Unfortunately, there isn’t anything we can do about it. We knew from the beginning the girls would have to find their own alterations, but had I known they would require such major adjustments I would have figured something else out. Hindsight, man. Ugh.
Tips: Work with a reputable bridal shop. Even though the situation sucks, the salon feels terrible for the mix up. I spoke with the owner, who is a lovely lady who is working as hard as she can to rectify the situation. If taking the dresses to tailors elsewhere doesn’t work, she offered to do any alterations she can when my girls are in town for my bridal shower in May. If the dresses aren’t able to be fixed, she’ll issue refunds. If you’re anything like me, customer confrontation is what my nightmares are made of, but it’s important to be frank about what you think is a fair resolution to the problem. And stay positive! At least Bridesmaid Pokeball is lookin’ fab in her dress that actually fits!
There you have it, bees. Mori Lee–gate 2016. It was really upsetting the first day we started this escapade, but after a good night’s sleep, I realized the absolute worst case scenario is a few girls have to get a different dress off the rack. No, it’s not what I always envisioned, but they are just dresses. My bridesmaids are gorgeous, strong women that will rock literally anything. And seriously, these girls are CHAMPIONS. As I was fretting over how blah this turned out, every single one was reassuring and confident they would make it work, no matter what they had to do. I sure know how to choose a winning team, guys. In the grand scheme of things, these dresses aren’t truly important. Having my amazing friends beside me is an enormous blessing, no matter what they are wearing. ?Tags: bridesmaid-dressdawson BLOGGER Mrs. Dreamcatcher Location: Dawson, PA Occupation: Audio Specialist Wedding Date: June 2016 Venue: Linden Hall --> PREVIOUS POSTClassifieds: April 21, 2016 NEXT POSTWe Did It! Related Posts Clothes Doth Maketh the (Wo)Man: Choosing the Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Act 104/20/16 @ 9:40 am Clothes Doth Maketh the (Wo)Man: An Update!05/10/16 @ 3:12 pm Dreamcatcher Bachelorette Party06/02/16 @ 9:06 am Sex Is in the Heel: Shoes!04/05/16 @ 8:49 am