Why does it take so long for the dresses to come in after ordering?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2209 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@mousepeach:  Because even making a 2k dress ties up a lot of money, and it just doesn’t make business make sense to keep a random inventory of dress sizes in stock when they’re so expensive (it adds up!).  It makes more sense for them to custom make them as they’re ordered, when they know they have a buyer.  This is also why you can’t typically return bridal gowns:  once they’ve been ordered, they’re yours!

Every piece of clothing you see in any store is sewn by a person; there is no way to do all parts of clothing contrustruction on an automated machine.  So, while they’re not necessarily hand sewn, they are each hand made.

They take so long because you’re not the only one ordering a wedding dress; other people are in line in front of you.  In some cases, you can pay extra for a rush order to get your dress sooner.  Perhaps you could ask the bridal salon if that’s an option?

Post # 4
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

It is crazy right? I was told 9 months! 

Post # 5
1140 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

i wish mine would hurry up and come in! I have a date of aug 5 and keep hoping it shows sooner! cant wait to try it on with all my accerisories!

Post # 6
355 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

It’s because they don’t just have the dresses in stock. It’s because they make your dress when you order it. And also they wait till the money goes through for sure. 

Post # 7
10834 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Most are hand made in China as already said and then cargo shipped. 

Post # 8
5445 posts
Bee Keeper

I think it’s mostly because that gives brides more time to question their decision and possibly want to reorder and spend more money. Call me crazy, but I think the wedding industry has got it all figured out in regards to spending psychology. 

Post # 10
2915 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

When I ordered my BM dresses they said they’d take 6 months to ship….it took about 2 weeks.

Post # 11
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I was told by someone in the industry that some stores place the orders right away so the dress comes in reasonably quickly. Other stores wait until they have enough sales for it to be considered a bulk order so that they can save money, but don’t necessarily pass that savings onto the buyer…

Post # 12
362 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I just ordered my dress a couple weeks ago and it’s coming in October, so that would make it 4 months for it to arrive. Like a previous poster said, they don’t make it until you order it and put money down for it. I was told by my bridal consultant that I’m very petite in the bridal world (I’m only 5’1″) so I doubt they would have a bunch of my dresses in my size just sitting in a warehouse.

As for the Saks/Bloomies dresses, I have no idea why they sell it off the rack. There must be something about the bridal industry that I don’t know?

Post # 13
1599 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I too am mystified by this- I understand maybe 2-3 months, but 6-12 months for a dress that is basically made in a factory and not even made to size?!  Blows my mind, esp for the cost.

Post # 14
1599 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@lena_k_29:  this makes the most sense. I cannot imagine that it actually takes 6+ months to make and ship a dress.

Post # 15
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I ordered a yard of fabric to make straps. Fabric! It was seriously a square of fabric and Watters told me – TWO months. 

Luckily it really took 2 weeks order to arrival. 

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