(Closed) How long do I need to allow for a dress to be ordered and altered?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
516 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I ordered my dress in january 2010 for a november 2010 wedding. I think if you give yourself atleast 10 months you should be good 🙂 becaus that way even if it takes 6 months to come in you are safe. Also definitely ask about different designers because each designer has a different time frame. Good Luck!

Post # 4
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

It really depends on the designer. I would order it at least a couple of months prior to your wedding. That way you will have time to get alterations, if needed.

Post # 5
2249 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

also it will depend on your alterations, if you go with a corset back that is flexable and you buy shoes to match the length you might only need a bustle. I added straps and needed a bustle and thats it!

Post # 6
2066 posts
Buzzing bee

Alterations can take time – I’d allow 2 months for alterations minimum.  

Post # 7
3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

6 months for ordering for most brands, and a month is advisable for alterations. However I had a dress rushed in a month (!) and altered in one week. I met the designer at a trunk show and he was really accomodating.

Post # 8
1205 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

The salon I bought my dress from quoted 6-9 months to get the dress in…I’ll be measured in December this year to have it in and finished alterations by December next year (the wedding!) and that seemed very safe to me.  So yes, I already put down 50% and the dress isn’t even on order yet, but only because I asked for it to be that way–somehow staying the same size for 12 months is less daunting than for 18!  They are also special ordering the dress with a custom “hollow to hem” so I won’t need the dress hemmed by a seamstress, so this gives me 6 months to find the shoes 🙂

Post # 10
14495 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Each designer is different, but for the alterations mine only took two weeks and that was in the middle of wedding season.  I did book her far in advance thou, she only takes on so many each month.

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