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 only be made after you choose to order it. These dresses are not hanging in stock in a warehouse. Bridesmaid dresses are cut to order to ensure color consistency among a wedding party. For example, if you and a friend both order a navy blue chiffon dress that is off the rack, one may have been made a month ago and the other may have been made 3 months ago. The shade of blue will be different and noticeable in person and on camera. Though it takes 8-16 weeks, cut to order is the only way to ensure that the dresses are made together to minimize any variation in color and style.
The wedding date is getting close and I don’t know if I have time to order a dress. What do I do?
Give us a call and we’ll figure it out 773-234-7187
. Many designers will offer rush delivery options that we can talk through.
Can I order by phone?
If you can’t order your dress online using Brideside.com, we can invoice you by e-mail or help place you order over the phone.
How do I see a fabric swatch?
You can easily order a fabric swatch straight from a dress page on our website for $3. Reach out to your style consultant too because they are a great resource for knowing which colors and fabrics are worth comparing to one another.
I’m a bride and I’d like to contribute toward the cost of the dress. Can I do that?
Yes absolutely and many of our brides do. Whether you want to contribute to everyone’s dress cost or just for a few, we can help you and keep this confidential to all members of the wedding party. Reach out to your style consultant or contact us at
Do we have to order together or can we order separately?
You can order separately as opposed to in one big order. We like for members of a wedding party to order within a few weeks of one another because we won’t submit the order to our designer until all dresses are in (unless you specify otherwise). This way no one person has to wait that much longer than the others.
Why do bridesmaid dresses take so long to arrive?
Bridesmaid dresses are cut to order which means they won’t be made by the designer until we tell them to do so. (See the question “What does cut to order mean?” for some additional details). The 8-16 week period we quote is the time it takes from beginning to end – cutting the pattern from a bolt of fabric, making the dress, inspecting it, shipping it Brideside and then to you.