How do I take my measurements?
How do I select the appropriate size?
- Watch our video here and check out our guide for how to take measurements yourself.
- Check out the designer’s size chart found on each dress page and compare where your measurements are falling. Usually you’ll want to order the size that corresponds with your largest measurement.
- Ask style consultant for some advice. She knows a thing or two about fit, style and the construction of our entire collection. Our style consultants can recommend a size but they cannot guarantee fit.
- Give our Try at Home Box program a shot! Try on dresses in our collection in the comfort of your own home, on your own time. Learn more about it here.
I’m between sizes, what do you suggest?
If you are between sizes, we’d recommend that you order the size that will accommodate the tightest or most fitting part of the dress. For most dresses, this will be either the bust or the waist. If the dress is form fitted or the lining is slim, the hips could be the most fitted part of the dress. Plan on having your dress tailored for the perfect fit.
What alterations should I expect?
Depending on your height and the shoes you plan to wear, almost all dresses require a hem adjustment, even with extra length added. Adjustments to the fit of the bodice, whether that’s up towards the bustline or in the waistline are common as we often fall into one size in the bust and another in the waist (or vice versa). If your dress has straps or sleeves it is likely you’ll need those adjusted to your shoulder height.
Why do bridesmaid dresses need alterations?
You are going to be in someone’s wedding pictures, hanging on their living room wall for years and years, so fundamentally, this dress needs to fit you well! As a formal garment, bridesmaid dresses tend to lack the spandex and stretchy materials that make dresses we buy off the rack fit our bodies easily. A tailor’s extra nips and tucks are what make them special. Also keep in mind that in any dress, the best size for your bust may not be the best size for your hips or waist. We suggest that you order the size that accommodates your largest measurement and see a tailor for the adjustments.
Do I need extra length?
If you’re taller than 5’7” and planning on wearing a heel we advise adding extra length to your dress. Although this will often add more than you’ll need (usually between 3”-5”) it will allow you the extra length to wear the shoe height of your choice. Yes, you’ll likely still need it hemmed but this way it’s not too short to begin with! (Note: Not all dresses are available with extra length. Standard lengths and extra length measurements change from designer to designer.
I’m expecting! Or hoping to be! What do I do?
Amazing! Congratulations! The style and size you should order depends on how far along you’ll be at the wedding.. We’ve done this a thousand times but it remains a very personal decision. We can help you think this through. But come to terms with the fact that you will need alterations. If there is a maternity style available in your color/designer, we say go for it. These are cut with ample room for growth in the belly, making it much easier to fit and tailor down the line. You know your body better than anyone so we’ll defer to your judgment on what size to order but we are here to make sure that you are asking all the right questions and considering all nuances.
My brideside stylist recommended a size I don’t agree with, what do I do?
You know your body best! We’re here to help you order whichever size you’d like. Keep in mind that each style fits a bit differently and each designer has their own size chart. Also don’t forget that it’s much easier taking in a dress that’s a little roomy than trying to crash diet or squeeze into a dress that is too small. Depending on the designer's production time frame we may not have time to exchange your dress for another size should it not fit.
Do you have recommended tailors?
All bridesmaid dresses are made to be tailored as they require some adjustments for that perfect fit. We recommend you use your local dry cleaner for basic alterations, just ask if they do special occasion. Check YELP! for sewing & alterations within your zip code to find tailors near you. For local Chicago/Charlotte/NYC recommendations, reach out to email@example.com
How much do alterations cost?
Prices are set by the tailor, so the costs associated with standard alterations can range per location. Depending on the fabric and number of layers your adjustments could vary in cost. Brideside does not contribute funds toward alterations.
What does cut-to-order mean?
Cut to order (and special order) are manufacturing and production terms. They mean that the dress you want will be made after you choose to order it - they are not hanging in stock in a warehouse. Depending on which designer you’re wearing this time frame can be anywhere from 6-16 weeks. The 6-16 week period we quote is the time it takes from beginning to end – cutting the pattern from a bolt of fabric, making the dress and all the steps in between to get it to you.
Can I exchange my dress for a size up/down?
Brideside cannot process exchanges due to the special order nature of this product. (See the question “What does cut to order mean?” for some additional details). Order your dress with ample time before the big day to give yourself room for necessary alterations and styling.
What is the return policy on Gifts?
Returns on unopened/unused items from our Gifts and Accessories collections will be accepted for Brideside store credit only. Gift Box returns must be sent back in original packaging. Returns must be received within 30 days of delivery to receive store credit less the cost of return shipping. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a return shipping label. All Gift Boxes containing swimwear and lingerie (excluding dressing robes) are final sale. Gift Boxes including robes can be returned for store credit per the above stated conditions.
**Please reference size suggestions on the Gift Box product page for guidance on sizing as all swimwear and lingerie cannot be exchanged after purchase
What is the return policy on In Stock Dresses?
In stock garments can be returned. Returns must be received within 15 days of delivery to receive a full refund, less the cost of return shipping and a $15 restocking fee. Garments must be returned in their original condition, with all tags intact, unworn and unaltered. Refunds are issued to the credit card used to place the order and can take 10-15 business days to process. Email email@example.com to initiate the return.
What is the return policy on Cut-to-Order/Special Order garments?
Returns on unworn/unaltered special order, non-stocked garments will be accepted for Brideside store credit only. Returns must be received within 30 days of delivery to receive store credit less the cost of return shipping. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for a return label.
The wedding has been called off! :( What now?
Oh dear. We hate to hear about cancelled/postponed weddings. We offer store credit for cancellation requests outside of the 24-hour cancellation period. If you’ve already received your dress, we do accept unworn/unaltered returns (within 30 days of delivery) for store credit, less the cost of return shipping. Reach out to us at email@example.com for a return label or cancellation request.
Can I cancel my order?
All apparel and accessories orders are subject to a twenty-four (24) hour cancellation policy. If Brideside receives notice of your cancellation within this time, a full refund will be processed back to the form of payment used to secure the order. Cancellations past the twenty-four (24) hour cancellation policy are eligible for store credit only. In order to cancel your order, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I check my order status?
For all cut to order (special order) dresses, log into your account and check for updates in the “My Orders” section. If you checked out as a guest, Brideside will send you a shipping date confirmation email once it’s been submitted to production, an address confirmation a few weeks before it ships, and a UPS tracking number when it’s on the way.
All in stock purchases ship out within 7-10 business days. Brideside will send you a UPS tracking number when it’s on the way.
Can I update my shipping address?
Yep! We recommend that you send your dress to your work or a business address for security purposes. Send email@example.com an email with your name, order number and preferred shipping address. If you’ve already received an email with tracking information and your order has already shipped out, there will be a $15 address change fee.
How much is shipping?
We ship via UPS ground and flat rate shipping is $15. Expedited shipping (and production rushes) are available by request. Please contact our concierge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does Brideside ship internationally?
Yes! Shipping to Canada is $30USD. For all other international orders, please contact email@example.com. Our concierge can help process your order by finding you the best shipping rate. Please note: shipping rates do not include duties and taxes, which are the responsibility of the recipient upon delivery.
Can I pick up my order in store?
Of course! If you’re near our Chicago or Charlotte locations, choose in store pick up at check out. We’ll send you an email when it’s ready for you to come grab it!
How do I reset my password?
Select the “forgot my password” button on the sign in page. This will send an e-mail to your account prompting you to reset your password. If you continue to have problems, reach out to your style consultant or firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you squared away.
Why can’t I see my order in my account?
If you are having trouble seeing your order in your account, please reach out to your stylist for help.
How do I switch between bridal parties I’m in?
Once you are logged into your account, in the top right hand corner of the page, click the “Bridal Party” dropdown to switch between bridal parties.
I’m engaged! How do I change my account from a bridesmaid to a bride?
Congrats! Log into your Brideside account. In the top right hand corner of the page, click the “Bridal Party” dropdown and select “Add new bridal party.” Fill in your wedding information for your wedding and create your bridal party! After you have created your bridal party, then you can go into your account section and add your bridesmaids.