Post # 1
I’m just wondering if I’m the only December 2012 bride who hasn’t found their wedding gown yet. I went to try them on at David’s Bridal back in February, but I just didn’t find “the one”. Things got crazy between then and now and I haven’t had time to go back to try any on… am I way behind the curve?
People keep on telling me that there’s still time, but I’ve heard that you’re supposed to find and order them like 9 or 10 months in advance…I’m going to try to get back in to try more on sometime this week or next week!
Post # 3
I think it probably depends on what dress you’re looking for. If you go back to DB, then you might find your dress without having to order. I actually bought mine as a sample on the weddingbee classifieds and couldn’t be happier. It was mailed to me within the week and is not sitting at my seamstress’s studio waiting for alterations
Post # 4
Depends on where you buy it from too. Large retail gown chains can have the dress in sooner than a special order shop ya know?
I am getting married in December and I JUST FINALLY picked out my dress last Thursday at DB and they said 15 weeks to come in (but usually sooner) but that still only gives me 2 months to get alterations done if it comes in right at the 15 week mark!
So yes, I would start shopping now because 6 months is a very short time in some shops to get a dress ordered/in and alterations.
Post # 5
I’m getting married in September and just got my gown on the weekend…. 🙂
Post # 6
@aussiebee: I’m also a September bride (the day after you!) and I just got mine a month ago.
@BeccaBee83: I think you’ll be okay hun. Just start trying dresses on more regularly, and hopepfully you’ll find something you love soon 🙂
Post # 7
Not sure if this is helpful, but I think it just depends. I ordered mine Easter weekend from Alfred Angelo’s, was told to expect it in 3-5 months, and it arrived two weeks ago. The whole process seems a little random to me. Good luck–I’m sure you’ll find something great!
Post # 8
i planned the entire wedding (or willl finish planning) in only 5 months! if you really don’t find anything, you can buy a sample (mine was 80% off and gorgeous), and it will be ready to wear that day. You don’t actually need (note NEED) so much time to plan a wedding, so i wouldn’t stress just yet!
Note: if you are a size such as a 0, or plus size, a sample probably won’t work, so I would try to order at least by June!
Post # 9
I agree. depends on where you go. I picked mine right off the rack. She’s just sitting in my closet teasing me.
Post # 10
I’m a december bride i just ordered it in April and the bridal store told me my dress should arrive in august at the lastest. I think you will be fine. i guess the last possible month without doing a rushnorder would be june or july i guess.
Post # 11
@BeccaBee83- I ordered my DRESS I think April 8, 2012 and it came in by April 15, 2012. No joke! I was shocked!
I ordered mine from Davids Bridal and absolutely love it.
Post # 12
Wow, thanks for all of the replies, everyone! I appreciate the feedback/input. I’d love to hear what styles/where you all got your dresses from and how long it took for you to get them (if you have them already) or how long they anticipate it will be until they arrive…
@sarahbabs: I hope I can find one that I love! I never thought this would be so difficult… I’ve tried on so many already and I still just don’t feel like I’ve found the right one. By the way, your wedding date is the same as my parents’! They got married on Sept. 8th of 1974! 🙂
@SerenityNow: WOW! That’s so fast! Awesome! Can I ask what dress you chose?
Post # 13
I was at a store over the weekend just looking around and they told me 7 months is the cut off before dresses are considered “rush”
That being said, I placed my gown order at the end of February and it will be here by mid-June.
Post # 14
I’m a december bride and still have no dress :-(. I will most likely be buying online though due to time constraints.
Post # 15
Having worked at a bridal store (carried designers like Maggie Sottero, Alfred Anegelo, Mori Lee, etc) we normally recommended 6 months… Every designer is different and it depends on the ordering. The reason you are told the 5 months, then it comes in after only 3 is because the designers put a buffer in case there are a ton of “rush orders” that happen before, then they will “bump” your dress (I am not sure if I am explaining that well).
This of course does not take into consideration alterations which may be why some people tell you 7 months.
If worse comes to worse, you could pay the rush fee if you do not find something! But like PP said, you still have a little bit of time.
Oh, also if you go to a store and find a dress, I am pretty sure the store can call the “ordering department” of the designer to get an idea of when the estimated date of arrival would be. They would probably only do this once you narrow down to like 1 or 2 dresses. Or if you happen to get the person that does the ordering for the store, she may know right then (I did the ordering for my store, can you tell?)
Post # 16
You still have time. I just bought my dress like 2 weeks ago and just had an appoinment for alteration today. I’m getting married in July. My dress will be done on June 29 :-).