OH NO! BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES :-(

Hi ladies,

Got the call the other day that all of my girls bridesmaids dresses are in!!!! I was so excited!!! One of my girls texted me and said "ummmmm......we ordered TEA LENGTH dresses right???" I said "yeah.....why??? :-(" She proceeded to say the dress was at her ankles!!!!!!! Soooo 4 more of my girls went, and same problem...they are all at their ankles! They are supposed to be just below the knee or AT MOST around the shin area. So, my bridesmaid questioned the store owner about it and the owner told her "Well tea length dresses are typically designed for girls who are 5'9". Therefore they may be longer on some of my girls." ----My tallest bridesmaid is 5'10"...so explain to me why it's at HER ankles also?!?!?! The owner said a tea length dress can be anywhere from the knee to the ankle. Well, I ordered TEA length for a reason! If I wanted ankle length, I would have gladly ordered the dresses that way!

So now, all 6 of my girls have to pay even more to have the dresses hemmed! :-( It's just completely uncalled for! We should have been informed when we ordered tea length that they might be longer than what we wanted! I'm so bummed and I feel bad having the girls pay $20extra to have them hemmed....but it's going to be June and around here it could be 85-90 degrees on a June day.

Should I suck it up and tell the girls to leave the dresses as is? Or go thru with the hemming? They are all being great about it, I just feel bad :-(

Thanks for listening to my vent....
Posted on April 18, 2012 at 5:03 am
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I would def ask them what they would like to do.  If they are all open to whatever, then get them hemmed since thats what you wanted.  Or if you get a mixed crowd, try to come to a common ground.  Its great that they are being so understanding :)  Hope everything works out sweetie!!

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 5:08 am
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hmmm actually tea length is in the definition of terms around ten cm above the ankle. this is what the original term stands for. today, many dresses which end a hand below the knee are defined tea length. but the original term form the 1950ths referred to ten cm above the ankle.


are the dresses longer than that?


hmmm actually tea length photo 3339782-1this one for example is the tea length.


anyway, saying that only to understand if they are different from general terms in order that youy may complain.


 

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 5:25 am
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Oh nooo!! That really stinks!! If I were you, I would be arguing that they should alter that part for free!!! It's their fault, not yours. They should've at least told you that that might happen!

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 5:35 am
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Aww, that's terrible! It sounds like the bridal shop made a mistake and ordered the wrong length and now is making you pay for it. I would raise cain and make them fess up! Your girls shouldn't have to foot the bill for their error.

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 5:38 am
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Oops, double post.

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 5:38 am
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I understand, but I feel like even short bridesmaids dresses are made way too long these days no matter what. I am in my friends wedding in June and ours arent even considered tea length-but it looks tea length on all of us! Even the taller girls. It sucks, but I say see if they are willing to get them hemmed.


Research on yelp or elsewhere for a good cheap alterations place. Hemming is one of the easier things to do so hopefully won't cost too much! I think your girls will be fine with it (hopefully) good luck!!

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 5:40 am
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This is just a little setback.  At least it's in the right color...that would be worse.

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 5:42 am
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@Uhlease -- my girls dresses look so long too, and they're supposed to be "cocktail" length!!!

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 5:46 am
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It could be an evil ploy in the wedding industry to make them longer so that seamstresses in turn make more money. j/k I dunno but the samples on my girls were super long too and all in cocktail length.


I'm sorry for the hiccup, I would suggest the same Elise said and/or what littlebit said. Try to see if the shop will cover it or at least reduce it since they weren't upfront w/ that info when ordering. It's a good thing your girls are being understanding about it.

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 5:53 am
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hmmm I think it is more like with trousers. they often come unhemmed, so they go for all hights. before they had to make different lenghtes, so they avoid this. sorry , i hope you can solve the problem

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 6:39 am
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hmmm I think it is more like with trousers. they often come unhemmed, so they go for all hights. before they had to make different lenghtes, so they avoid this. sorry , i hope you can solve the problem

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 6:39 am
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I would argue that the bridal salon should pay for their mistake as well. However if that doesnt work then just ask the girls what they want to do. If they want to pay for the shortening of the gowns then ok if not then leave them as is. Sucks they would have to pay for the salons mistake though!

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 6:40 am
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I would be so pissed! You asked for tea length, they should have stipulated that they were ankle length when you ordered them.  They're totally just trying to get more money out of you for alterations! 

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 6:48 am
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I wish we could just send these back and get the shorter ones....but it took 3 months for these to come in, there's no way we would have them back on time. I'm not sure if they are trying to get more money or not. There are two ladies that do a lot of alterations in this area and they work independently from the dress store. I'm just mad that this has to be a set back. I'm stressed and that's normal, I'm the bride. But I feel bad placing stress in my girls. But thank heavens they are being very cooperative. That's why I love them! So it sounds like we will be getting them all hemmed.

I appreciate all the input, advice, and thoughts :-)
Posted on April 18, 2012 at 6:57 am

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