Our Recommended Dress Timeline
An expert consultant will assist you in the selection process to help you find the perfect style and color for your bridal party.
The two months between picking out and placing order allows enough time for your party to be measured and pay in full. Please note we only take measurements when ready to pay and finalize the dress details.
SIZING NOTICE: Based on the measurements, one of our bridal consultants will recommend a size based on that designer’s particular size chart. Most people will find that the recommended dress size is one to two sizes larger than what they normally wear. Do not fixate on the actual size but instead on how your measurements compare to the designer’s size chart. Measurements may not line up perfectly with one particular size so we will recommend a size to fit your largest measurement. It is ultimately up to the customer on what size they choose to purchase.
Please note these gowns are not custom made to fit you. Most people will need some alterations to fit perfectly. Due to limited availability, we cannot guarantee we can perform alterations on bridesmaid, flower girl and mother dresses. Call for availability. Alterations are a separate fee and are available Monday through Friday by appointment only.
Once everyone in the bridal party has paid in full, we will submit the entire order.
Try-On: Each girl will need to come in and pick up the dress within 14 days after being notified of dress arrival. We highly recommend trying it on in the store so we can see the fit.
Alterations: Due to limited resources, we may not be able to offer alterations during peak season.
Should Alterations be available, they work by appointment only Monday-Friday. To avoid rush fees, you must book appointment 6 weeks prior to event. Proper undergarments and shoes will be required at this appointment.
When you setup an appointment for a bridesmaid dress consultation, we reserve 90 minutes. This gives you ample time to select your dress styles and colors. We will then register your girls names and styles; have your girls measured; orders created and paid for.
We understand that not everyone in the bridal party lives in the same city as the bride and groom. Once the bride has registered her bridal party, you can submit your measurements online anytime (see below) or call us at 812.853.1800 to give us your measurements and pay over the phone . We ask that you have a professional measure you. Please note if Ella Park Bridal does NOT perform the measurements, we can NOT be responsible for the fit.
We will need the following when submitting online (see button below) or calling over the phone:
- Bride’s First & Last Name
- Wedding Date
- Your E-mail Address so we can send you your receipt.
- Your Cell Phone # so we can send you a text when the dress comes in.
- Shipping is available for an additional fee so we can send the dress to you when it arrives.
- Measurements Needed:
- Hollow-to-Hem (with heels you plan on wearing)
SIZING NOTICE: Based on the measurements, one of our bridal consultants will recommend a size based on that designer’s particular size chart. Most people will find that the recommended dress size is one to two sizes larger than what they normally wear. Do not fixate on the actual size but instead on how your measurements compare to the designer’s size chart. Measurements may not line up perfectly with one particular size so we will recommend a size to fit your largest measurement. It is ultimately up to the customer on what size they choose to purchase. Please note these gowns are not custom made to fit you. Most people will need some alterations to fit perfectly. Due to limited resources, we may not be able to offer alterations during peak season on bridesmaid, flower girl and mother dresses. Call for availability.
Yes, Ella Park Bridal will ship via USPS Priority Mail, which is delivered by your local mail carrier. Shipping charge is $10.99 per dress for addresses within the Continental U.S. and $15.99 for Hawaii, Alaska, California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington. International shipping is not available.
You may call us at 812.853.1800 to add it to your order with your shipping information. Once your package ships, you will receive an email with the estimated date of arrival. Make arrangements to secure your package upon delivery. We are not responsible for unattended packages and/or delays beyond our control.
Bridesmaid gowns are paid in-full at the time measurements are taken. Ella Park Bridal accepts cash, *check, all major credit cards (VISA, Discover, MasterCard, American Express).
All the gowns will be ordered when the entire bridal party has been sized and each order is paid in full. Any variation from this procedure could result in different dye lots and/or rush charges. No returns or exchanges are permitted on any purchase.
*Payment by Check: Please note we will delay ordering merchandise until we are notified by the bank that the check has cleared. This may take up to 10 business days. Checks can NOT be used as final payments. Returned check fee is $25.00.
Professional opinion? No. Ella Park Bridal recommends ordering your current size. Any dress can be taken down at least two sizes without affecting the look of the dress. And, not all dresses can be let out because of the dress construction. Be realistic in case you do not meet your goals. Our experience shows that while you could lose weight, it might be in the wrong places. Really determined to lose weight? Ask your consultant if you have time to purchase at a later time so that you can get measured closer to your goal.
Your deadline for any weight loss goals needs to be finished by your first alterations appointment, or three months prior to the wedding. Please note any differences in measurements after this appointment will result in an additional pinning fee.
- (A) Bust – Measure at the fullest part of your bust.
- (B) Waist – Measure at the smallest part of your waistline.
- (C) Hips – Measure at the fullest part of your hips, making sure to keep tape level with the floor.
- (D) Hollow-to-Hem – Measure at your collar bone to the floor while wearing desired heel height. This measurement ensures if any additional length is needed.
- We ask you to be professionally measured for accuracy.
- Measure with proper undergarments and a thin layer of clothing.
- Stand straight and relaxed.
- Measuring tape should be tight but not squeezing the body.
- Please notify us if you are expecting as we will take that into account when recommending a size.