Post # 1
How much ahead of time do you need to order the dress? I haven’t ordered yet. I’m probably going to be ordering directly from an AA store, which I heard may be quicker than a bridal salon?
My wedding is 9 months from yesterday. However, I’m hoping not to order until 6 months out. Is this cutting it too close? The reason is they had their big bridal sale back in the end of September, which is up to $300 off wedding gowns. I’d like to wait until their next big sale but I think it will be at the end of December (I’m pretty sure it’s on a three month cycle). My wedding is in the beginning of July. Is that enough time?
Post # 3
I ordered mine a year in advance. It was earlier than I thought I would, but I knew what dress I wanted and it was going up in price. I think if you know what dress you want, go ahead and order it. You never know if it will go up in price.
Post # 4
You should ask someone at the AA store how long it typically takes for the gown to come in. I ordered my dress about 5 months ago and it’s still not here, but they told me when ordering that it wouldn’t be here till November at the earliest (6mo). But my wedding is still about a year away, so I’m not worried about it. My dress is not an AA, though.. I know different designers have different time frames.. so you should just ask.
Post # 5
To me, that is cutting it too close. I ordered mine this past summer and my wedding is this coming August. I thought it was a lot of time, but my dress was supposed to come in in December. It came a bit early (a few weeks ago) but it was ALL WRONG. They are having to send it back to the manufacturer, which could take another five months! If I had cut it too close, I would be stuck with the version they sent which is different from what I ordered.
Post # 6
Oh, just checked the AA website. The website states that their wedding and Bridesmaid or Best Man gowns take 10-12 weeks to come into the store that you ordered from.
Post # 7
Just keep in mind that you may have to build in alteration time. Is there someone at the store you could talk to?
Post # 8
For 10-12 weeks, I’d say that you’re probably safe at 6mo. Like a PP said, there is always the possibility that the incorrect dress might come in. You want to make sure that you have time to reorder or find a dress off the rack, in case the worst possible scenario plays out. Also, you probably want a month or two for alterations.
Post # 9
I ordered my dress from AA and it took 12 weeks to come in. I think you will be fine ordering it 6 months out. I ordered mine 10 months out and now it’s just hanging in a closet because they won’t keep the dress there for you.
Post # 10
I would check with AA, but 6 mos should be fine. Most dresses that are ordered come in 10-12 weeks.