How far out should you order your dress???

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Well, you hold get on it soon! My dress took 7 months, but I was originally told 9. They also suggested starting alterations 2 months out so it could have been a total of 11 months.

Post # 4
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@kansas_nurse:  My dress was NOT a sample, and it only took 6 WEEKS to ship!

You definitely should order by December, but you have months from now until then!

Post # 5
2630 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@kansas_nurse:  It all depends on how quickly the salon can get your dress. If you decide on a new and/or extremely popular style, for example, that might cause your order to take longer. Also, the Chinese dressmakers (not just talking the direct order option but also the shops that make the actual brand-name dresses) take almost the entire month of February off, and depending on their backlog and the timing of your order, it might push your dress back further still. The other side of the spectrum is that you might find something right off the rack, but I wouldn’t bank on that plan just because that’s a bit risky.

I would at least talk to multiple salons in your area and ask them about potential timelines. Yes they will push you to buy ASAP, but try to get them to give you an answer. Also, look around for a reputable seamstress/tailor outside a salon that you could go to in case the timeline is tight. They tend to need less time than the in-salon tailors.

You have some time yet before you have to get the order in. Don’t let your coworker pressure you!

Post # 6
650 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My wedding was 7 months out when I ordered mine and they told me it would take 3-4 months to come in after ordering.  I’m due to get it oct/nov.

You should be fine.

Post # 7
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@kansas_nurse:  Most are 8-12 months depending on designer/salon you order it from….I would get started incase you fall in love with a dress that takes a long time to get in 😀

Post # 8
301 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

For the dresses that I asked about (Justin Alexander, Essense of Australia, and Watters) the salons estimated 4-6 months for the dresses to arrive, depending on the designer.

Post # 10
10877 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Depending on the vendor, you should order your dress six-to-eight months in advance of your wedding.  Mine took five months to arrive.

Post # 11
820 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I ordered my dress in March of this year and was told it could take up to 6 months to come in. I got it in 3 months. They told me to make my first fitting appointment 6-8 weeks before my wedding. So I would start looking pretty soon because it may take a while for you to find the one. I found my dress at my first appointment and it was the 6th dress I tried on. Good Luck!

Post # 12
1237 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014 - Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

My original wedding date was in August, so I ordered my dress in January. I was told it wouldn’t be in until June. I got it back by the next week.

Post # 13
1574 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@kansas_nurse:  I ordered mine in Febuary and had it in early July. It honestly will have to do with a few things: where you’re buying it from (David’s Bridal vs a boutique), how popular the dress is and where the designer will be shipping from.


I’d start looking but don’t start to freak out yet.

Post # 15
6194 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I ordered mine in December for my August wedding. It came in May. I started looking about a year out, but took 3 months to look

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