Ordering A Fabric Swatch of Your Bridesmaid’s Dresses

Your wedding color sets the tone from the very beginning when sending out your invitations, to the linens on the tables during the reception.  The start off point is when you choose the color of your bridesmaid dresses.  The dress color you end up with plays a major role in the look and feel of your wedding. Once you have chosen your girl's dresses a great way to help in the rest of the planning is to order a fabric swatch.  This fabric swatch can then be taken to your invitation appointment, florist appointment, linen appointment , tuxedo appointment, and so on.  It’s important to know that just as every designer has different styles of dresses, they have different policies when ordering a fabric swatch. 

What you can expect is that fabric swatches typically take anywhere from 1 – 4 weeks to come in. Some designers will not allow swatches to be mailed out until your dress order is sent in to them.  Others have the option to go online yourself and place the swatch order without going through a retailer, like Dessy

When your swatch comes in remember that your dresses will be cut off a different dye-lot and may vary slightly from the dye-lot used for your dresses.  This is because silk fabric contains variances in shading and is completely normal. 

Having a fabric swatch can be so helpful.  Just check with your dress retailer to find out the best way to go about ordering yours.