Random question for bees with shorter engagements

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
613 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I definately didn’t have a short engagement (over 3 years) but really only started planning about 16 months before the wedding. However, I would assume that they priortize for those brides. Perhaps the reason why it takes you 6-8 months is because they have orther brides who can’t wait that long..? Not sure though, i’m just guessing by what I see on Say Yes to the Dress lol.

I only order my wedding dress 10 months before the wedding (in September) it was estimated to be done early Jan but ended up being ready early December (so it only took 3 months) and i’m not even sending it to alterations until Jan/Feb which is 6-5 months before the wedding but I don’t know how long it takes to be altered (just needs to be hemmed a little and taken in some)


Do you already have your dress made and you sent it for alterations and need to wait 6-8 months for the first fitting? Or you ordered a dress and they said it will take 6-8 months to wait?


It may also depend where you live. I would assume living in a big american city it would take longer because of the higher volume, but I live in a small canadian city so I wouldn’t expect it that take that long. My FSIL engagement was only 6 months long and she had time for everything (ordered a dress and had multiple fittings) ! (:

Post # 4
7188 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I bought my dress in November 2012 and got married in February 2013. I bought the sample and only did one fitting.

Post # 7
852 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Bought my dress in April married in September. I bought the sample as it was in my size and had my first fitting 6 weeks before the wedding. I had the last THREE fittings (because they sqrewed up) in the last two weeks.

Post # 8
1254 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I bought my dress in January, it came to the store around March, I got all my alterations done by June and I was married by the end of June. 

Post # 9
8677 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I got engaged in October 2012, I ordered my dress in december of the same year, had it by April 2013, wedding in June.


Post # 10
525 posts
Busy bee

Shoot! I intend to get my dress in February for my July wedding. Oops, but not changing it. I figure anywhere from 6-8 months prior to the wedding will be fine.

Post # 11
195 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I bought an off-the-rack one I love!

Post # 12
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@RubyStar:  I got my dress this past November, and my wedding is in May. I bought the sample and my fitting is in February. I did have to order my veil though, it won’t be in until March.

Post # 13
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I bought my dress in June, it arrived in August or September – so pretty quickly but my alterations won’t be until much closer to the wedding. There’s a difference between how long a dress takes to come in after you order it, which with some designers I have heard can take up to 8 months and when you have your alterations. Seems to me alterations are always done closer to the wedding day to best fit the dress to your size on that day. If they were done too soon you might still lose/gain weight and need more alterations anyway.

Post # 14
27 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

i bought mine off the rack!

Post # 15
1491 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I received my dress in July from a bride (pre-owned). However, back when I bought the dress – April, I went to the best seamstress in town and booked a fitting appiontment with her in July and she worked crazy fast to turn it around by late August which was when I had to pick it up as I was moving away.

Post # 16
1470 posts
Bumble bee

6 month engagement, bought mine online and it randomly fits great 🙂

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