(Closed) Do you really need 6 months for the dress???

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

If you are ordering a custom dress (most designer dresses are this way) they can take up to 6 months to come in. The designer waits until enough orders have accrued and then makes them all at once. So yours could come more quickly than 6 months, but that’s the time frame recommended.

If you buy a dress off the rack, a used dress, or a sample dress, then you will not need 6 months, because obviously the dress you buy will be the one you try on and have in your hands. There are tons of beautiful options out there that would be off the rack.

I would say that you should go shopping, look at all your options, and if you fall in love with a dress that has to be ordered, great, you still have time, but if you don’t, don’t get something just because you feel time pressured. If you make a decision under duress you will probably only regret it later–and end up getting an off the rack dress anyway to replace it. Good luck!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I was told 8-10 months to get the dress in plus a time for alterations.  That being said, my dress came in after 3 months.

The amount of time needed for your dress to come in really depends on the designer.  There are some designers that can take upwards of a year but really, six months or less is doable.

To be safe, I would probably get a dress some time this month.  Again, ask the people from the store, they can give you exact time lines.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I had a custom dress handmade and the designer did it overseas …. it took at least 6 months.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Jewel Box in Forest Park and Windows on Washington

I would recommend 6-9 months.  If you wait any longer, you run the risk of your dress not coming in on time, or having enough time for alterations and fittings.  It may be overwhelming, but I definitely suggest getting that one out of the way.  Dresses can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 4 months to come (even longer).  Hope this helps!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

It totally depends on what designer you pick, how elaborate your gown is, etc. Mine is supposed to be in tomorrow!! Which will be about 3 months from the time I ordered. There are so many options. Some designers have dresses they can do rush orders on, like Watters. THey actually have a section on their website for them. You could also check out sample sales and pre-owned dresses and trunk shows. I wouldn’t be worried about it yet, but just know that if you wait much more than another month, your options may be limited.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Yes, 6 + months if you’re not buying off the rack. Most dresses ar emade in China and with all the security now, are being held up in customs so bridal shoppes are saying 6 months. I’m sure you can pay extra and get a rush order. Also, there are some amazing gowns you can purchase right then at the shops, if you’re ok with a sample, and many are in great condition and possibly discounted. Don’t worry, you should be fine.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Sort of….. but don’t stress.  I bought mine less than 4 mo before the wedding, as a sample, but all the dress shops were going to try and make it work.  If you’re really nervous you can also put a rush shipment on it and pay a little more.  Some designers will be out because they take so long, but for a destination wedding you may not want the huge wedding dress anyways, and a lot of stores make lighter wedding dresses so maybe look at the really quick route of department stores.  Otherwise when you go to try stuff on just explain your situation to them and they’ll most likely be very helpful, if they’re not go some place else.  I went to like six different places and they were all really understanding and brought out samples since it would be easier for me to buy stuff off the floor than wait for it to be made.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

If you plan on purchasing a non sample or non off the rack dress, then yes, it takes quite a bit of time for the dress to come in and you need to allow 4-6 weeks for alterations.  So, if at all possible, make time to go dress shopping ASAP.  You still have options if you aren’t able to order something, but you don’t want to limit your options by waiting to dress shop.  

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Mine came in within 3 months. I got it at Alfred Angelo & it’s part of the Sapphire collection, so they said it would take up to 4 months, but I got mine in 3.

Post # 12
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400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010 - Marie Gabrielle, Dallas

I ordered mine in June, and it is supposed to come in sometime in November.  So, for me it took 5 months, but I know it’s depends on the designer and type of dress you get.  But as other girls have said, a sample dress you can have day of, and then you would just need time for cleaning and alterations.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Orders for custom made dresses from a designer can take a lot of time, but some can  do a rush order. But there are so many off-the-rack dresses out there too – one of my closest friends bought her dress within a month of the wedding! 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

It totally depends on where you’re ordering from and how much work it will need.  I just got a basic David’s Bridal dress and it came in like six weeks later. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I agree it depends on where you order the dress from and what type of dress you get. My dress is from David’s bridal and it came in in about 3  weeks and I was told it would be in about 6 weeks. The bridal store my friend got her dress from took 3 to 5 months it was Casablanca I believe.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Yes, I think it’s a good idea to have at least 6 months.  For example, I ordered my dress in late June for my December 6 wedding.  Guess what – it’s still not in!  I’m getting concerned about having enough time for alterations now.

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