(Closed) Is 2 months prior to wedding date fine for getting dress?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
11418 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

As long as you are a sample size or smaller and you aren’t too selective about the style and type of dress you would like to have, you likely will be able to find a dress for your wedding.  Otherwise, if you are larger than a sample size, and/or if you are very particular about the type of gown you would like to wear, you should order your dress six to eight months in advance of your wedding.

Post # 4
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would give yourself a bit more time, just in case.

Post # 5
3170 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Like @Brielle:  said, only if you plan on wearing a dress off the rack. I ordered mine in February and it came in late July, wedding in October. I would order it earlier if I were you.

Post # 6
1668 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Honestly, I wouldn’t wait that long. You may not be able to get the type of dress you really want.  If you end up needing to order a dress, you wouldn’t have enough time.

Post # 8
9672 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think they tell you to go shopping early because most things take months to come in.  I tend to be more paranoid about something bad happening so if it was me I would order it in March at the latest.

If you are wanting to a buy a sample or something off the rack I think that is enough time.  You might not have as much selection though.  If it is something that needs to be ordered I wouldn’t wait that long.  They told me mine would take 4-6 months to come in.  It came in right at 4.

Post # 9
9181 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

You mean to have received your dress by then, right?  Not to have ordered it?  I would think that 2 months would be plenty for getting any alterations done.  But to be honest I don’t know much about dresses – I bought a $100 one from Macy’s so I didn’t go through the whole bridal shop process 🙂

Post # 10
11233 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@lawbride88:  Sample sizes really depend. My bridal salon had sizes 4-22. 

Post # 11
7977 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I was told you should order a dress at least 8 months in advance. 6 months to order the dress in, 2 weeks for alterations, and 6 weeks “wiggle time” in case something goes wrong. The only way you’ll get a dress two months before your wedding is if you buy a store sample (this means you will have to be sample size), or get a second hand dress. Even if you order from a website and have the dress shipped from abroad, you need to order three months beforehand to allow for alterations.

Why not just order a dress which is a little bit small (not hugely small, but a little bit) and get one with a corset back, which will be more forgiving?

Post # 12
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Just to note: bridal sizes are different from regular clothes sizes.  I’m a size 6 in dresses, which means I was a bridal size 8.

Post # 15
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

If you’re planning to buy off the rack or from another bride, I think 2 months is plenty of time. Just depends on who is doing your alterations, I’d see how much time they will need.

Post # 16
1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

You’re not going to be able to order anything in that amount of time. But if you’re a sample size (6 or 8) or smaller and willing to buy off the rack, you might be ok. It takes about 2-3 months for alterations, though. I wouldn’t wait that long if I were you…personally, I’d be ordering like NOW.

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