(Closed) How far in advance should you buy a dress?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
1548 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I bought mine exactly one year from my wedding day – they told me it woulnd’t be in until 2 months before my wedding. You def don’t need 3 months for alterations unless you plan on making drastic changes to the dress. 

Post # 18
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Three months for alterations seems a bit excessive to me.  But depending on the designer, it could take many months for the dress to come in.  For instance, I was told that Maggie Sottero dresses are notorious for taking forever to come in.  With other designers, the wait time may be much shorter.  I would definitely start shopping, but I wouldn’t feel pressured to buy a gown right this instant if you don’t find one you love right off the bat.

Post # 19
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I was only engaged for 4 months. Ordered my dress 3.5 months before wedding came in with plenty of time for alterations. Everyone told me that wasn’t going to be enough time but it was. I did get my dress from a chain store though. Every place is different but it can’t hurt to be early so you don’t stress!

Post # 20
2779 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I already have mine, it’s hiding away in my closet at home. Not having alterations done until about 2 months prior. It really is up to you. I ended up just taking the sample since it already fit so I didn’t have to worry about waiting for it to come in.

ETA: Just one thing to keep in mind if you buy this early. Stop looking once you have the one you love. More dresses come out each season and you’re bound to have dress regret if you continue to watch what comes out.  

Post # 21
986 posts
Busy bee

I purchased my dress from Alfred Angelo at 12 months out. They told me it would take 4-6 months to arrive, however it came in just over a month later. They told me to come back/call around 5 months to go before the wedding for alterations. 

Hope that helps!

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