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When to shop for your Bridesmaid dresses?

July 28, 2018


We have met hundreds of Bridesmaids in our time and we are often asked when is the best time to shop for your dresses. Here’s our guide to order times.


When Brides visit us for the first time we often advise a 14-16 week delivery, this is our average but throughout the year this can vary from 8 to 20 weeks depending on how busy we are. This time represents the minute we place the order to the dresses actually being delivered to our door. We try and manage this as best we can but in busy periods (like Prom season) we have almost no control over when our orders arrive which can be very frustrating for us and our customers.


We also need to factor in our Brides having time to come and pick up their order and take it for alterations if needed. The seamstresses availability can then have an impact on the date the dresses are actually ready to wear.


It may be helpful to shop for your dresses in advance of picking any other wedding related colours – we can order a swatch for you to take to your kilt maker or florist to allow them to match your shade.


We usually advise you err on the side of caution and order at least 6 months before your wedding, this means there is plenty time for your dresses to be delivered and altered. Some Brides order over a year in advance which in many cases is fine but keep in mind that sizes can change dramatically in a year and sometimes a Bridesmaid becomes pregnant before the dresses arrive meaning lots of alterations!


In terms of our collections we update our samples in August and January, these are good times to shop for on trend dresses that are brand new to the market.


If you leave shopping a little later we can usually still get items here on time, we have options to rush order and certain styles come with a quicker production time. Well worth giving us a call to check what we can do for you!


All in all we think the sweet spot for Bridesmaid shopping is 8 months before your big day. The chart below should help you plan your trip to Polly Rose Boutique –

Make your appointment at www.pollyroseboutique.com x





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