What I did, was I had each girl go and get measured and then call in their measurement to the specific place where their dresses were coming from. I had all of them shipped to me and sent the ones out of state to them, I had no problems. I got my dress and all of the gril's dresses from Chicago and I am in Florida
The answer to Question #1- Select a bridemaids dress that looks good on all the girls. Some themes are having your bridesmaids pick out a cocktail dress that looks good on them, but is in the select color theme of your bridesmaids. All bridal shops carry top selling Bridal gowns. Pick out a company, select a style(go to their website). Have the bridesmaids get their measurements (accurately and they may have to go to a Professional to do this and there may be a small fee for this service)and have them send you their measurements. They will need to pay a deposit for their dresses so that has to be worked out. The Bridesmaids dresses have to be ordered all at the same time to assure correct dye lot and arrive in time (figure 18 weeks).
2. You still have to Invite your Maid of Honor to your shower even though she may not be able to attend. If you don't she may have hurt feelings, which you want to avoid. She may not be able to attend the shower if the wedding date is close..this is something you have to understand may happen. If you can afford it, you can fly her over from CT. to be at your shower....that is something you have to work out between the 2 of you.
3, Men's Warehouse rents childrens Tuxedo's and shoes and they are everywhere. If there is one in Florida, have him fitted there and have the Tux deleivered to your state. I would inquire right away.
4. Dress for the flower girl...coordinate this with her mother..tell her what your bridemaids colors are...you may be able to order fabric the same color as your bridesmaids dresses(has to be done at the same time, as it can take several weeks for the fabric to arrive) and have a dress made for the flower girl, or have her go to a bridal salon in her area and have her pick out a dress to coordinate.
I hope everything works out! Regards, Cathy www.collezionefortuna.com