- 10 years ago
I was in a bridal store on Saturday, and they just got the spring/summer ’08 collections in. I believe that around February/March the Fall/Winter ’08 collections come in. That should be the perfect time frame to try on. If you do your research (which I am sure you do), you can see these collections on-line before they are in stores. I myself was a procrastinator and ordered my dress only 4 months before my wedding and got it 2.5 months before the big day. I lucked out there. If you are in a big city (I am not) 6 months should be more than ample.
My wedding is July 08 and I have heard that dresses average 5-6 months to be delievered. And then there still needs to be time for alterations. One store said it takes 9 months to order a dress. So, I would say, the sooner you shop, the better. Plus, I find that there are so many dresses to choose from that seasons don’t really come into as big an account as would normal clothing.
My wedding is also in sept 08 and I’ve just started shopping. I live in a big city and I plan on ordering by the latest January just to be sure. What I got from my bridal shop is that they order the 2008 samples around now, and they get them in around December and that’s when we can try them on and order. I’ve also been to another big bridal shop with 2008 samples already in, but that was a "test store" for that designer so thats why its in early. Since the stores have to clear out their space for the new dresses, you can probably strike a deal now as they are more willing to lower prices to create space. Or I would order between thanksgiving and christmas since the stores are pretty dead at that time and are willing to lower prices. Hope this helps!
Yes, it is true that there are really only 2 seasons for bridal, but the stores are always getting in new styles; depending on the location. What you should do is go to a few locations and look at the designers you like most…Its been my experience that if you are already looking at dresses you will normally pick out similar styling over and over…..Go in and try on a few dresses and narrow down your locations….once you have done this you can ask the sales manager’s from each location, when they rcv there new styles……(By trying on dresses you might even narrow your search to specific designers/manufactorer’s). Hope this helps!
One other thing to keep in mind – many bridal salons or dress manufacturers have an added rush charge if ordered less than 6 months in advance. This is particularly true of dresses that are made to order (which some are not). I only had 5 months until our wedding once we got engaged, so I didn’t have a choice. We had a very tight budget, so I tried to avoid as many of those extra charges as possible elsewhere!
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