The girls on the bride’s side (Erin/Sandra/Angela/Cammy) will be wearing it in cherry, while the girls on the groom’s side (Denise/Laura/Amy) will be wearing it in black.
A note to those living here in DFW: Dresses need to be ordered at least 3 months prior to the date they are needed by. In this case, they are needed by January 16, 2010, so they will need to be ordered AT THE LATEST by October 16, 2009, though I would advise going to the AA store sooner than that to be safe. (I’d say your best bet is to try and go by the end of Sept. at the latest.)
Meanwhile, to those living out of state, remember that different stores could have different ordering times. Just because the one here in FW says 3 months, it might be more or less if you order somewhere else (i.e. Chicago, San Francisco, etc.), so I would call them fairly soon and find out the specific time frame your local AA retailer works under.
As far as shoes go, you can wear anything you want as long as it matches the dress and looks nice. It can be high heels or flats, whichever suits you. Just keep in mind that there are stairs at the venue. This is especially important to the bridesmaids and matron of honor, as they will have to walk down them in the processional, though everyone will have to go up and down them a few times throughout the night, I’d imagine.
And as for makeup, manicures, pedicures… you can do it yourself or pay for it or whatever. I know at least some of us will be DIYing those things, while others might not, so it’s totally up to you.
Mengmeng and I will be buying everyone matching wraps and jewelry and paying for hairstyles.
In other news, we have an officiant, centerpieces, wedding favors, and last, but certainly not least, I have MY dress! Yay! \o/