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Choosing Bridesmaids Gowns
When ordering at Arnella's Bridal Shop, the bridesmaids will need approximately half the cost of the dress as a down payment to order. I accept cash, check, Mastercard, Visa or Discover. You can also pay on-line through my website with Mastercard, Visa, Discover or PayPal.
I will not order the dresses until all the sizes and deposits for the complete party are in. This ensures the same dye lot of color when the manufacturer cuts the dresses.
How to Choose
The rule of thumb for choosing bridesmaids dresses is just to compliment your gown and fit in with the type, décor and color scheme of your wedding. The bridesmaid dresses do not need to look like the bridal gown (i.e.: all dresses have to be off-the-shoulder, etc.), but they can if the bride prefers it that way.
A style and color that is flattering to all your bridesmaids is a difficult task, and it may not happen. The larger the wedding party, the more differences in opinions you will have as well. The most flattering for all figures are simple, elegant designs.
Often the Maid of Honor is distinguished from the other bridesmaids. This can be done with another color, another style of dress, a different headpiece - she may wear gloves or a shawl or she may just have a larger bouquet.
Alterations are free if purchased at Arnella's Bridal actual store. Like the bride, your bridesmaids need to bring the actual shoes that they will be wearing on the wedding day to their appointment for alterations. They should also bring any special undergarments they will be wearing as well. (Ex: strapless bra, pantyhose, spanx, etc.)
Tips for an Out-of-Town-Bridesmaid
For an out-of-town bridesmaid, have her call her local bridal shops to see if they carry the same dress to try it on there for size and measurements. Otherwise, she can give me her measurements over the phone. It is always best to order all of the dresses together because of the dye-lot variations in different bolts of fabric. When her dress is in, I will ship it to her for free in lieu of the free alterations.
Please contact Tammy, owner of Arnella's Bridal, for a convenient time to meet at 724.283.8850. I am available Monday through Saturday for appointments. Please check map and driving directions for the easiest route to arrive at Arnella's.