Post # 1
My wedding is in May and my Mom thinks that it would be best to wait until Feb or March so that way we have the latest styles to choose from. She told me to quit stressing because we are going to find a beautiful dress that i love.
I am just worried bc that is SO close to the wedding. So that is why i am asking if Bridal shops normally carry a good range in sizes…..
Also she says she would really love for it to be our “private moment”, …she wants it to be just me, her, and my Dad when we go dress hunting. I am pretty much okay with that because i understand but….my FMIL would love to go….
Post # 3
@liveyourlife77: It really depends on the shop. I know larger chains like David’s Bridal will probably have more sizes in stock. I think most sample sizes are 6, 8 and maybe 10.
Post # 4
that’s really close if you’re ordering and not going off the rack. Also, could you just go with your mother and father to pick out the dress and then go a second time with your fmil and maybe your bridesmaids to show it to them?
Post # 5
FYI – my dress took eight months to come in. So if you’re only giving yourself two months, you’re limiting yourself to a store that sells off the rack (David’s, primarily).
That being said, I found the sample sizes in the boutique I ordered from to be between an 8 and 12.
Post # 6
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
@liveyourlife77: You’ll give your stylist a heart attack! It sounds like you are planning on ordering, since your mom wanted to see the latest styles and buying samples means you are buying older looks. I would call around and see how much lead time you’ll need. They’ll likely charge you extra for a rush order.
Post # 7
I would start asap! Most stores require 6-10 months to order a dress!
as for sizes, I found a good variety. Most samples were 8-14 in bridal. Obviously davids will have more sizes, and the more posh boutiques had smaller samples, but i was able to try on any dress I wanted and Im about a bridal 12i-14ish
Post # 8
The shop where I got my dress mostly had size 10. Some may have been 8 and some may have been 12, but majority were 10.
Post # 9
@liveyourlife77: I think you should go dress shopping NOW. If your mom is worried about the “latest” styles, she shouldn’t.. The spring collections should be out and orderable now in most cases. You WILL NOT have time to get a dress in let alone get alterations if you wait until February.
Post # 10
When I was looking they were all 8-10 in bridal sizes. Which is 6-8 in real sizes.
I ended up buying an 8, even tho I wore an 8 in regular clothes (it was a bit tight) because i didn’t have enough time to order.
Post # 11
I actually can’t answer your question. I am tiny and the shop I went to had dresses that were all too big for me but if I were you, I would go sooner than that.
It doesn’t mean you can’t go again later but at least you’re giving yourself more time to try on different styles etc.
Post # 12
Omg, you need to be looking like right now. Dresses take like 6 months to come in!
Post # 13
@liveyourlife77: I would go now. Going with 3 months left is cutting it too close. Also like a pp said, at that time, the newer styles wont be available for off the rack. EVen at David’s bridal, they wont have too many available off the rack, and some of their off the rack ones have been worn and abused (depending on the store and how they take care of them)
Post # 14
I think most of the ones I tried were 8-12 with a lot of 10s (bridal size). They did have some seperate plus size ones as well.
Definitely go in ASAP since it can take 4-10 months (depending) for dresses to come in. Mine came in quick at 4 months.
Post # 15
I also got married in May, I bought my dress in the 3rd week of December, and they had to make sure it would make it on time!
DB can definitely do a 12-week order to store turn around time, SOME Maggie dresses are available as a 6-week order to store turn around time, but I can’t think of any other places that can make and ship a dress that quickly!
DB has samples in a size 0 to 20-something, but the boutique I went to only had samples in a size 6-12, and a rack of like 4 dresses that were bigger.
Post # 16
@liveyourlife77: I work in bridal gowns now and for several companies you are fast approaching the rush date. I think you should order before Christmas unless you want one off the rack. If you want something “newer” go to a trunk sale.
Good luck and congratulations!
Off the rack, our shop has maybe 1 6, 4 8s, several 10s , and a few of each up to 22. BUT they are not the same dresses as we can order and they may be discontinued or damaged.