Post # 17
I bought mine 6 months in advance (actually closer to 5 months and 20 days or something haha), and I wish I had more time. I was engaged only a month when looking at dresses, but many shops told me that it takes 6-8 months (OR MORE) to order in a dress! The one I chose was actually a sample, so I got it in my hands that day, thank god.
For the salon I bought my dress, the soonest they could get the same one in, even with rush order, was 6 months, so I never bothered checking how much it cost.
Post # 18
It is usualy 4-6 months to order and then 2-3 months for alteartions. The surcharges Ive heard of for a rush order was over 300$. Are you close to a stock size? If so it makes things much easier if you can buy a sample. My dress was on the sales floor however they offered it as a sample since it fit like a glove. The dress ended up being a little less expensive and no wait time when buying off the floor. Good luck on finding your dress.
Post # 19
I have to agree with the rest. It really depends on where you are getting your dress. I am getting married in june and i bought my dress in January and picking up next week. I also got it from David’s bridal and put it on layaway and honestly, did not need any alterations. But good luck and hope all works out.
Post # 20
You could save yourself some worry by going shopping and finding your dress now, then as soon as you know your financial situation, ordering it. The dresses in store are unlikely to change between now and then, just explain your situation and make sure it will still likely be available and try to find out what the shortest time beforehand you could order it from that designer would be.
Post # 21
I bought my dress about 9 months in advance. That was back in October and it still hasn’t come in yet. Hopefully it will arrive sometime soon!
Post # 22
I bought mine 20 months… It was a Trunk sale.. and I didnt know if there would be one next year. It takes like 9 months to get the dress soo im not to stressed about getting it so early.
Post # 23
I bought mine on March 3rd and we’re getting married on September 8th.
Post # 24
I bought mine Feb 1st, its scheduled to arrive in May and the wedding’s in September.
Post # 25
I’m considering buying my dress soonish, and my wedding isn’t for almost 2 years. I am thinking of having a replica made so if that doesn’t turn out, then I’ll need time to go shopping once more and find another. I think I already fell in love with a dress… But I’ve only gone shopping with my friend once, so my mom and sister and auntie would need to see it.
Post # 26
I ordered mine 8 months ahead of time (a few days after I decided it was the one for me). They are it expecting it to take 4 months to come in. I figure with alterations I want to make sure I have enough time.
Post # 27
I bought mine in… February or March of 2011 for my September 2011 wedding… I was told I was cutting it close… but it came in with plenty of time – in July! 🙂
Post # 28
I ordered mine in May 2011, so about 17 months before our wedding date. Way early, but I knew it was the one!!
Post # 29
I ordered mine 5-6 months before my wedding! They haven’t charged me a rush fee, so we’ll see… they are calling me this week to let me know when it comes in. Luckily, the sample fit me perfectly, so I ordered the same size. It has a corset back, so no alternations needed really… maybe a hem, I didn’t have my wedding shoes with me. I’m hoping all I need is a bustle! : ) Good luck!
Post # 30
Same exact scenerio!!! I’m hoping mine will arrive in July!
Post # 31
@lioness_89: The stores I have been to all say it takes about 6 months (+/- 1) to get in, and you’ll have to factor in on the kinds of alterations you want done (add sleeves, change neckline, shorten train, lengthen train….) and the kind of fabric (lace apparently takes a little more time when it comes to alterations). The place I ended up getting my dress from asked for a 50% down and I pay the remaining 50 in the 30 days after my dress gets to their store. One of the stores i visited even offered a “payment plan”, so if money is an issue, you can most definitely discuss payment options with store owners! Good luck! And i hope you get to meet Randy!