Post # 1
I’m sure this has been addressed before, but I’m having trouble finding a newer thread. Maybe that doesn’t matter, though, since these things don’t change much.
I’ve found my dress (more than half the battle!) and it fit almost perfectly in the sample size 12. I’ve been feeling uncomfortable about the weight I’ve put on in the last couple of years, and in an attempt to get into a bit better shape, I’ve joined Weight Watchers again in addition to exercising more (I run, bike and do yoga).
I’m hoping to lose enough weight (well, inches, really) so the bridal shop will feel comfortable ordering my dress in a size 10. Because of this, I’d like to wait as long as I can to order my dress.
At my dress appointment, since I’m a Spring bride, I was told I should order my dress by the “end of summer” because of Chinese New Year, when all of the folks sewing up wedding gowns get a month off of work which delays all orders.
I’m thinking of waiting to order until late September or early/mid October (7.5-8 months out from the big day). Do you think that’s enough time, or should I order earlier?
Post # 3
@DomesticDiva: I would ask the shop you are ordering from how long it takes for the designer to get it to them. Mine took 6 months (and it came in at the 6 month mark) and you also need little under 2 months for fitting. I had four fitting appointments. So for me I needed to order 8/9 months prior.
Also I lost 20 lbs. before my wedding using weight watchers! This was after I ordered my dress. As long as you only drop 2 dress sizes or so the alterations will be fine.
Post # 4
@Treeline: Good idea to ask! Mine’s not a very complicated style, so hopefully it won’t take 6 months to come in (but, it’s new and maybe not commonly ordered, so it COULD take that long…eep). The sample just fit my shape so perfectly that I’m really hoping I can lose the weight beforehand and avoid paying for bodice alterations. I definitely only want to go down 1 size; I’m about 10 pounds heavier than I feel comfortable being.
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
@DomesticDiva: I ordered my dress in June, so I was at like 11 months! They told me it would take 4 months to get mine. We’ll see how it goes. I know a read a thread recently about a certain designer back ordering/delaying dresses by months..
Somethings I have read on ordering (1) Echo the note on Chinese New Year, Google about this, lots of information. (2) That often times dresses will not be manufactured until there is a certain number ordered..so for example they wait until “20” brides order “your” dress in a size “X” then they can make 20 dresses at once all the same. This was explained in a book I read…not sure how accurate it is or specific to each designer but I can see where it makes sense.
I think its best to give yourself plenty of time! If you order a 12 and end up needing it taken in that seems like it would be easily done. It just gives me peace of mind that it’s ordered. But do what feels best for you, definitely ask the store about the designer and how timing usually works out with them.
PS – Hope the WI Bee meetup went okay last night! I was so sad I couldn’t make it!! Scheduling things has been crazy lately. FI and I finally set up a shared Google Calendar to help us out!
Post # 6
i got married in september and i ordered mine in november, so 10 months before my wedding. it arrived about 5 months later (in april) and just sat in the dress shop until july when they got started on alterations.
it really depends on the store/designer.
Post # 7
It took eight months for my dress to come in, because it fell over the Chinese new year period. They estimated 6-8 months, and it really did take the eight months.
Post # 8
@Ms_Purple: Yeah, I’ve read some of the same things (on here, mostly) about how they wait for a bunch of orders in your size to come in for your dress before cutting (which is why I said “but, it’s new and maybe not commonly ordered, so it COULD take that long…eep” later)
I know it won’t be a big deal to take it in, my cheapass side is just hoping to pay for one less alteration. Plus, a friend got her dress from the same place I’m thinking of ordering and they took hers in THREE INCHES too much when altering. They’re reputable, and I know they’ll most likely do a good job, but her story freaks me a bit.
The meet up went well! Just me and LightMist, but it was fun to talk to someone else in the midst of wedding planning and meet someone new in general. 🙂 Good call on the joint Gmail calendar!
@abbie017: Yeah, the timeframe of your dress freaks me out a bit, since I’m at about the 9.5 month mark right now. I’m hoping that our date being about 2 months later than yours in the year will make a difference.
Post # 9
I ordered my 1 year before….uh..they told me 4 months for it to come in. It came in 2 months year…Trying it on tomorrow! So..it’s going to sit at the boutique for a while until i’m ready for alterations. I ordered so early because everyone said it takes up to 8 months for dresses to come in. Mori Lee had an early ass shipment!!!
Post # 10
Mine took 6 months plus any time you need for alterations. It depends on the designer so I would go with what your shop suggests.
Post # 11
@DomesticDiva: i’d do it as far ahead as possible. i ordered mine 13 months before – they told me it would take 7 months to come in. it took 9. good thing i built in that extra time! if i had waited until the recommended 8-10 month ordering time, i wouldn’t have had time for alterations!
Post # 12
I ordered my dress 9 months in advance and surprisingly had my Allure dress come in after only a month. I was originally told it would take 4 months so I guess I just got lukcy!
Post # 13
At the time of the wedding we’ll have been engaged for 9 months. Right now we’re only 3 months in….I just ordered my dress – it should be here by October/November.
That’s a pretty long wait. I would say 6 months or more. Anything less than that could be cutting it close!