(Closed) How many months before to order wedding gown?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How many months in advance does the bridal gown NEED to be ordered?

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  • Post # 3
    863 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @DomesticDiva:  I would ask the shop you are ordering from how long it takes for the designer to get it to them. Mine took 6 months (and it came in at the 6 month mark) and you also need little under 2 months for fitting. I had four fitting appointments. So for me I needed to order 8/9 months prior. 

    Also I lost 20 lbs. before my wedding using weight watchers! This was after I ordered my dress. As long as you only drop 2 dress sizes or so the alterations will be fine.



    Post # 5
    2608 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

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    @DomesticDiva:  I ordered my dress in June, so I was at like 11 months! They told me it would take 4 months to get mine. We’ll see how it goes. I know a read a thread recently about a certain designer back ordering/delaying dresses by months..

    Somethings I have read on ordering (1) Echo the note on Chinese New Year, Google about this, lots of information. (2) That often times dresses will not be manufactured until there is a certain number ordered..so for example they wait until “20” brides order “your” dress in a size “X” then they can make 20 dresses at once all the same. This was explained in a book I read…not sure how accurate it is or specific to each designer but I can see where it makes sense.

    I think its best to give yourself plenty of time! If you order a 12 and end up needing it taken in that seems like it would be easily done. It just gives me peace of mind that it’s ordered. But do what feels best for you, definitely ask the store about the designer and how timing usually works out with them.

    PS – Hope the WI Bee meetup went okay last night! I was so sad I couldn’t make it!! Scheduling things has been crazy lately. Fiance and I finally set up a shared Google Calendar to help us out!

    Post # 6
    2963 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    i got married in september and i ordered mine in november, so 10 months before my wedding. it arrived about 5 months later (in april) and just sat in the dress shop until july when they got started on alterations.

    it really depends on the store/designer.

    Post # 7
    14015 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    It took eight months for my dress to come in, because it fell over the Chinese new year period.  They estimated 6-8 months, and it really did take the eight months.

    Post # 9
    1285 posts
    Bumble bee

    I ordered my 1 year before….uh..they told me 4 months for it to come in.  It came in 2 months year…Trying it on tomorrow!  So..it’s going to sit at the boutique for a while until i’m ready for alterations.  I ordered so early because everyone said it takes up to 8 months for dresses to come in.  Mori Lee had an early ass shipment!!!




    Post # 10
    5656 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Mine took 6 months plus any time you  need for alterations. It depends on the designer so I would go with what your shop suggests.

    Post # 11
    3194 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @DomesticDiva:  i’d do it as far ahead as possible. i ordered mine 13 months before – they told me it would take 7 months to come in. it took 9. good thing i built in that extra time! if i had waited until the recommended 8-10 month ordering time, i wouldn’t have had time for alterations!

    Post # 12
    363 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I ordered my dress 9 months in advance and surprisingly had my Allure dress come in after only a month. I was originally told it would take 4 months so I guess I just got lukcy!

    Post # 13
    1399 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    At the time of the wedding we’ll have been engaged for 9 months.   Right now we’re only 3 months in….I just ordered my dress – it should be here by October/November.

    That’s a pretty long wait.   I would say 6 months or more.   Anything less than that could be cutting it close!

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