Post # 1
I recently got engaged and am still trying to find a venue and a date, however our target is August 2016. A few people have recently mentioned to me that some wedding dress manufacturers shut down over the winter (not the bridal salons but that actual manufacturers) months, so we should start shopping earlier. I have never heard of this – is this true? I live in the NJ/NYC area if that helps, may be a regional thing? If there are any brides in the area who have a similar wedding date – when do you plan to begin dress shopping?
Post # 2
Hmmm I wouldn’t think that would be true. They should be the busiest because they are gearing up for weddings for the next summer. 🙂
Post # 3
Well I know that a lot of companies who have their dresses made in China have a bit of delay around the Chinese New Year, which is in February. The new year festival lasts for quite a while if I remember. More thana week. Maybe that’s what their referencing?
Post # 4
I am from Ontario Canada and was interested in a dress by the designer, Jasmine. My bridal salon told me they close the factory for the entire month of February which would impact when I would need to order the dress, etc. So there is some truth in it
Post # 5
Yes – it’s due to factory shutdowns in China during their New Year celebrations (February this upcoming year). That said, bridal salons will often make you feel more rushed than necessary with the hopes of having you make a purchase that day.
For an August wedding, I would start shopping in February at the latest (12 weeks for the order, a very generous 12 weeks for alterations + wiggle room) but you could start even later! Just don’t feel rushed into making a decision.
Post # 6
They are probably referring to manufacturers in China, as that is their new year and they shut down for about 2 months around February, I think. American manufacturers don’t shut down, I’m pretty sure!
Post # 7
I guess I should have read the other comments first, lol.
Post # 8
Ahh all good points – thanks bees!
Post # 10
My weding is in March of next year and when I ordered my dress the woman at the bridal shop said she would keep me as a fall bride in her mind as the dress makers shut down for a few months over the winter. I thought it was weird as well but glad to hear I wasn’t the only one told that.. Could be a regional as I live in NJ as well.
Post # 11
I work in bridal and I have never heard of this January actually starts off what we in the industry refer to as ‘Bridal Christmas’ and it is our busiest time of year.
As another bee stated there is Chinese New Year but it will not effect things here in the states.
Post # 12
I have been a bridal consultant for many years. There is ABSOLUTELY a period of pause during Chinese New Year. I can assure you that we do not pressure the brides into purchasing at the boutique I work at (and we do not work on commission) to close a sale during this time. It is important to be upfront with brides about the delay in shipping as it will certainly cut into their alteration time. Every salon should be calling their manufacturers weekly to get the most current ship dates. As stated above, an additional two weeks should be added to that date for it to arrive to the store, which includes clearing customs. Most regular ship dates are anywhere from 12-15 weeks out, as dresses go through production. A misconception is that dresses are already made in your size and color and are stored in a magical warehouse waiting to be sent. This is not true for most designers – dresses are made in your size, length and color once the order is placed. When adding Chinese New Year in the mix dresses can take up to 24 weeks! So if you are looking to cause yourself the least amount of stress as possible then order early. No one is ever upset when their dress comes in early! Congratulations to all of the new brides reading this post!