Post # 1
So….I got engaged Nov 5th 2011, and my wedding date is Oct 20th, 2012. We have our Budget, Church, Venue, and and idea so far. I am planning on dress shopping in the new year.. mid January or so. Am I too late to the dress shopping party? Is it like 6-8 months for a dress to be done? or is that extreme?
Post # 3
I think you have plenty of time, just try to buy the dress before February is over. I bought my Mori Lee gown 8 months before the wedding and luckily it took only 7 weeks to come in.
Post # 4
It depends on where you buy, how long it takes them to ship, and how long it takes you to find something… It took my dress 4 months to get in to the bridal shop I ordered mine at. I went to Davids Bridal and I could have taken the one I was looking at home that day. But start looking! It may take you longer than you expect to find something, and you don’t want to be in a bind waiting for your dress to arrive when it should be getting altered. Also ask the stores before setting up appointments how long it takes there dresses to come in after ordering.
Post # 5
You are fine. I didn’t start shopping til March and ordered in late May. My dress came in August (much sooner than their timeframe). I honestly think bridal shops quote longer times to stay on the safe side).
Post # 6
6-8 is the typical timeframe. I would make sure your dress is ordered no later than March 1.
Also, depending on the area of NY you are in, vendors may be booking up and may no longer have your date available.
With the significant amount of engagements that occur during the holiday, new brides will also begin looking at vendors. I already have all my vendors booked, but I got engaged in July, so I have had a bit longer than you. Weight all your options, but I would suggest you book sooner rather than later so that you have your pick versus being stuck with someone.
Post # 7
It took a full six months for my dress to come in, plus time to get it altered. Getting alterations done was more time-consuming because I was in the midst of prom/wedding season. Sept/Oct is big for weddings too, so you might need to take that into account.
I would say make sure you have it ordered before the calendar heads into March.
Post # 8
We got engaged in September 2011 and married November 2011 and I had my dress bought and paid for the week after we got engaged! I was fortunate enough to walk right into the boutique and find my dream dress and buy it off the rack!
I honestly think you should throw out all of the traditional “rules” for this sort of thing and figure out what works for you!
Post # 9
I think you have plenty of time – I ordered my dress for my May 2012 wedding at the end of August 2011, and it’s supposed to be in at the end of January. So that was 5 months (it’s a Casablanca dress).
Post # 10
Thanks ladies. I will start looking in Jan and hope to have something ordered by Feb!!
Post # 11
Date twin! I wasn’t going to go til the new year, but everyone in my posse had a day off, so I organized a trip in October. You should be fine in January, though.
Post # 12
It really depends. Im 98% sure you’ll be ok. Some designers take 9 or so to ship the dress but I agree with PP that you should order by Feb, give enough time for alterations.
Post # 13
I was told that my dress would take 5 months to come in, which is a typical time frame for wedding dresses, but it took a full 7 months! I was lucky to have ordered it early…
Post # 14
Yeah February was the deadline I set for myself for my November wedding, so I think end of February should be fine for you. It takes 5 or 6 months if you want to order new, I think.