When's the LATEST you should buy the dress?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
673 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Brooke1226:  I work at a bridal boutique and we tell people to wait 7 months before at the latest, 8 months before is better. most dresses take anywhere from 3 to 6 months to come in and you want to leave yourself 2 months for alterations.

Post # 4
30284 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Brooke1226:  7-9 months would be a good time frame to go on!

Post # 5
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Eep. I don’t want to go at all 😛

Post # 6
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Mine took 8 months to come in and one month for alterations. So I would say 10 months to be on the safe side…

Post # 7
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Brooke1226:  I think it really depends how you’re planning on buying your dress!  My budget pretty much dictates that I’ll be buying used, replica, or from a place like J. Crew, so I’m really not worried about timing at all.  If you want to order a new dress from a salon, you obviously need to leave a lot more time.

Post # 8
6158 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Brooke1226:  depends on the manufacturer.


i shopped a few places. 


one place told me 8 months, another place told me 3 months. the place i bought my dress from took 5 months.


other places are off the rack, and then you just need a few weeks for alterations.



i don’t suggest buying farther in advance than you have to.  styles change and your taste changes.  2 years in advance is WAY too far in advance in my opinion.

Post # 9
682 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Depends on the designer, my dress took forever to come in.  I barely made it and I went almost a year beforehand.  If I needed alterations I probably would have had to get it rushed.  I’ve had friends get their dresses in about 4 months though.  

Post # 10
858 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I work as a bridal consultant and, honestly, I’d say 10 months is comfy, 8 months is the absolute latest I’d do it… There are designers we work with that, right now, aren’t coming until mid- February (so that’s a little more than six months) and then you still need alterations. And then what if the dress arrives from the manufacturer and it’s damaged or the manufacturer faces an unexpected delay? It doesn’t happen often, but it’s not unehard of. And nobody wants to feel rushed to make a decision because of a ship date, or to be stressing about when their dress will arrive in the last couple of months and weeks leading up to their wedding… 

I have an anxious personality, so I do tend to consider all of the various “what-ifs” and factor that into my answer, and I have seen a bunch of crazy random scenarios that I would hate to be put into if I could avoid it by leaving myself some extra time. But if you have to get a dress sooner, you have to get a dress sooner, and some shops have great in-stock options other than just old samples. That can be a great solution; you know what your dress looks like and get to take it home with you that day!

Post # 11
1555 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t really know the appropiate timeframe, but I ordered my dress exactly a year before my wedding and it only arrived 7 weeks before the date. 

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