(Closed) how long (short) before the wedding can i get the dress?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

It really depends on the designer; maybe 6 to 8 months on average, but if you purchase off the rack; ie., purchase a sample gown or from a trunk show, you might be able to get it right away.

Post # 4
3295 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i just ordered mine last week and my wedding is in may… it is supposed to come end of february beginning of march… so only 2 months before the wedding!

Post # 5
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

it all depends on the where you plan to get the dress and the designers. some gowns take 3 months to come in others take a little longer or a little less time. You must also factor in an addition 6-8 weeks for alterations. For your wedding in august 2011 I would order in Dec of this year or no later than January 2011.


Also if the dress comes in early you dont have to do the alterations right away, you can wait till about 2 months till the wedding to begin alterations

Post # 6
11051 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

It does depend on the designer. I know some Maggie Sottero dresses can take 9 months.

Post # 7
3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think for a August wedding you want to buy the dress like now.

My wedding was in August and I bought my dress mid November from Casablanca. I opted to rush it because although the expected delivery date was before my wedding date it would’ve cut it really close for alterations and such.

The last thing you want to do 2 months before your wedding is worry about whether you dress will come in on time. If there’ll be enough time for alterations. For some ladies the alterations are pretty in depth and you end up going back 2-3x+. And don’t forget it’s not like your alterations can happen every other day. The seamstress needs time and August is busy season which means delays on dress shipments are common. It takes the seamstress more time for alterations, etc.


Post # 8
7693 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I was able to buy my dress and have it right when I decided on it because I bought the sample. The sample had only been in the store one week and was in great condition so there was actually no wait time for me. The length of time before the wedding to get the dress could have only been determined by how long alterations take which depends on what you are having done to it!

Post # 9
3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

It depends where you get it. DB dresses come in realyl quick they told me 3 months ( or maybe more) and it wasnt even a month before it came in. You can also buy dress off the rack there.

Post # 10
48 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

I bought a Maggie Sottero dress at the beginning of October and the bridal consultant told me it’d take about 4 or 5 months before I receive it. I wanted to ensure I got the dress I wanted and also had time to do alterations.

Post # 11
923 posts
Busy bee

I was wondering the same thing as you but I kept getting such drastically different answers on here that I didn’t know what to think. I know which designer i’m the most interested in and even the dresses that I most want to try on. I called around in my home town to the shops that carry that designer and gown and asked when I had to buy the gown. I told him i was worried because all over the internet and TV people buy their gowns 9 months or more out! He said most of the time, you don’t need to buy a dress that early. And told me that I could order Maggie sottero as late as the day after thanksgiving and it would still get to me before the wedding in time for alterations. He said the majority of the time it’s a ploy by places to get people to buy dresses. He told me all the inside scoop for about 30 mins.

My suggestion to you is figure out which designers you’re most interested in. Calla round and keep calling bridal shops until you find one that gives you the straight answer like I got. If you don’t care who the designer is I say give yourself at 5 months before the wedding just incase there’s a really special dress you want and it takes extra time to get in.

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