(Closed) Do I have enough time to get my dream dress?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

It depends where you go and if you need to have the dress shipped (I don’t know of any stores that would do that for you). 6 months is super short notice and I would be worried if it was me. My dress took 8 months to come in (ordered mid-October and received it end of June). You CAN put a rush on the dress, but triple check with the store to see how much faster that is (it could only mean 2 weeks difference). You can get a dress within 4 months if you go to a place with quick turn around. Don’t expect big designer names to be any less than 6 months because of the high demand in ordering. BUT, off the rack may be your best friend – you could get a designer dress for less money, and you can walk out of the store with it that day. Good luck! I hope you walk away with your dream dress 🙂

Post # 3
1069 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

nomadbride:  You will likely have to get a sample or pay rush fees if you leave it that late. What dresses have samples available to be sold also varies a lot (they probably won’t want to let go of their only sample right in the middle of wedding season, for example). Can you go to dress shops where you are and make a decision on a dress earlier? You may still be able to order it from the US. Replicas are also an option, although it can be risky.

Post # 4
19 posts
  • Wedding: November 2014

I’m in a similar boat – I live in Japan and did my dress shopping in Canada. I shopped for my dress six months before I would need it and made that clear to the two stores I went to. One said it would be tight but they would make it work and the other told me there was no problem. I went with the latter, and they gave me a timeline of 4 months.<br /><br />I don’t know the stores you’ll be going to in the US, and you may very well find some dresses or stores won’t be able to arrive in time, but there are still plenty of options within your timeline. Good luck, and happy shopping!

Post # 5
287 posts
Helper bee

I’m wondering, between the cost of flying, rush fees, shipping your dress to SA and the stress of it all, if it might make more sense to get a custom dress made in Seoul. I think there are some pretty talented seamstresses there and it might be worth considering. Maybe you can try on some there locally, and come up with your own design. Just a thought!

Post # 6
387 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I live in canada and bought my dress in the states… I ordered it in october 2013 and it just arrived today.. so 6 months exactly… a lot of designers have rush delivery fees.. and you may even be able to buy the sample dress too!  Don’t stress… you will be able to find and buy your dream wedding dress! 


edit: my dress was allure… they did have rush shipping available (3 months instead of 6)

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 7 months ago by  Makemeamrs.
Post # 7
1411 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I second a PP about getting a custom dress. I’m getting my dress custom made, and my dress maker takes less than 3 months to finish a dress. I think perhaps you should still go to to the US to try on a ton of dresses and figure out what you love, then go to South Africa and find a seamstress to replicate your favorite or combine your two favorites or something. You could also order a replica or design from Jasmine’s Bridal or one of the other sellers in China if you’re on a budget. 

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