Purchasing a dress during a short engagement?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
237 posts
Helper bee

Hello, I have a short engagement too.  I tried on dresses in the store as if I had plenty of time.  I l learned that there are quite a few new styles that have dresses in stock already and they can order for but there may be a limited choice.

I fell in love with a dress there and ended up purchasing a brand new dress with tags from a canceled wedding on Tradesy for far cheaper.  I got my dress within 3 days of purchase.   Also, the store did offer me a disscount on the sample dress I loved but the price was cheaper on Tradesy.


There are a lot of dressess off the rack and sample sales all the time at bridal stores.

Post # 3
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Most dress shops have a section with dresses that are ready to be taken that day – samples or discontinued dresses, etc. Additionally, you can get NWT/NWOT dresses, or gently used dresses, online or at consignment shops. You don’t need to worry about scheduling alterations until the first of the year, and even then your last appointment will probably be within a week or two of your wedding. 

Post # 4
1668 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

KMcKay:  i know you can’t really guarantee that this will be the case, but my mori lee was came in after 12 days. it was crazy! they quoted me 12-14 weeks!

i’d say buy off the rack if you can. that’s cutting it close with alterations, etc.

Post # 5
2791 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

You can buy a sample/floor model from a store.

David’s Bridal dresses come in quick… my special order dress from them was in in about 2 months. My friend bought her dress there and it took like 2 weeks. They can also sell floor models. 

You can also look at used dresses if you find one you like but don’t have time to order it.

Or…. some you can pay for a ‘rush cut’. 

Post # 7
1005 posts
Bumble bee

Im getting married a week before you, and I rented my dress! Idk if you have any rental shops around your area , but it worked for me 🙂 other than that, I agree off the rack is your best best, and davids bridal seems to get their dresses in quickly!

Post # 8
2782 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

KMcKay:  We had a 4.5 month engagement.

I started dress shopping immediately.  Buy your dress the size you are when you find it- it’s easier to make smaller than to make bigger.

Post # 9
2106 posts
Buzzing bee


I work in a bridal boutique and deal with this alot, thought I might make some recommendations.

Mori Lee is a great designer and minus their new 2015 dresses, they carry alot of dresses in stock and their order time is end of January right now.


Da Vinci is quick order designer they usually take 2-3 months and even have a four week rush on certain styles so defnitely check them out most of my girls with short timelines go with them so they can get a new dress 


Then you could always look at stores that will let you buy samples off the rack, not every store will do this so always call and ask first (usually higher end stores will not unless they are having a sample sale)

Post # 10
721 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

KMcKay:  I’m not having a short engagement, but I was also uncomfortable with inviting my FMIL to try on dresses. She’s also a little more petite than I am, and she knows I’ve been losing weight but still… She’s also INCREDIBLY opinionated and even jokingly said “don’t ask me to come if you don’t want my opinion!” Well, every time I came out with a dress I already knew what I did and didn’t like about it. They let me talk about how I felt before saying anything. 

I definitely don’t recommend going alone. I was my worst critic when I was shopping. You need someone who knows you. Not just when you aren’t comfortable, but when you’re beaming inside out from finding the right dress. 

Anyway, my FMIL ended up taking more pics of me in dresses than my own mom. And I can tell she had a great time and was very happy to have been included. She could end up being way more supportive than you’d think.

Post # 11
1247 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I’m getting married in five months and shopping this weekend. So nervous I won’t find anything since time is ticking! 

Post # 12
703 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I am getting married on Dec 24 and ordered my dress at the end of July (just two weeks after we got engaged). I picked it up today. I ordered it from Justin Alexander and fortunately they had one in my size in production and it actually arrived early!

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