Post # 1
I ordered a Sophia Tolli dress at the end of April and was quoted five months, but received a call today saying my dress came in. I don’t believe it’s possible for the dress to come in so soon unless it’s a return (but I don’t think the store allows returns) or was a sample dress (they didn’t have one in the store in the color I ordered as far as I know). Am I crazy to think that it’s impossible the dress came in already unless it was a return or sample? I’m not sure if Sophia Tolli has dresses on hand already for this to possibly happen. Has anyone had this happen to them? Thanks!
Post # 2
Was it meant to be made to your size? Or just ‘off the rack’ kind of situation?
Perhaps give them a call and ask if they are sure the dress is for you and not another bride as you’re surprised it took a week and a half, rather than the quoted 5 months. If they say it’s definitely for you, then you could ask if it’s a return / sample.
Post # 3
Could have been a canceled order. Take a close look as soon as you can for flaws but most likely you are worrying for nothing
Post # 4
sweepmeup: I thought it was custom made, but I guess it’s just an “off the rack” type deal. I called the store and they said it is for me and the designer had it in stock already. Probably because I ordered it in a common sample size. I will make sure to look over it carefully, though!
Post # 5
I’d be tempted to call another store that carries the same designer and ask what the average delivery timeframe is.
Post # 6
The last shop I went in to look at Sophia Tolli gowns showed me the designers in stock levels. Basically all sizes were in stock and ready to ship.
A shop I went to before that one gave me a song and a dance about how it will take months and months to get it in but I’m pretty sure she was just blowing smoke pushing me to make a decision so that she could make a sale that day.
Post # 7
Depending on your size and how common of a size it is it could be a cancelled order. You probably don’t have much to worry about! Lucky you! No need to stress about your dress arriving on time!
Post # 8
Cancelled order or an order that someone did not finish paying for.
Post # 9
I work in a bridal store and I can tell you two things. 1) We have this happen and will purposefully NOT call the bride for a few months because we also quote that time frame and then look bad when it comes in so early. and 2) Some designers DO carry popular dresses in certain sizes in stock. There is no reason to be WORRIED though, because the dress is new and obviously no one has worn it. Unless you had a custom length or something to be done and it wasn’t, there is no need to really stress about you getting your dress early. IT COULD HAVE COME LATE OR YOUR ORDER COULD HAVE BEEN WRONG, why stress yourself over there being NOTHING WRONG. Enjoy it!
Post # 10
I had heaps of stores tell me it would be 5 months for delivery … it is to get you to order from them ASAP!!
Post # 11
phillykeys: that’s great that store showed you their stock levels! I don’t know why they couldn’t do it elsewhere besides to get you to order ASAP. I took months to place my order, so the tactic didn’t work on me, but I thought it was really going to take that long for it to arrive.
monaleo: the dress is not a popular style, so I was surprised they had it ready to ship. I haven’t picked it up yet (the shop is two hours away), so I can’t say the order is correct!
Post # 12
When I had inquired on a dress by another designer, I was told it would only take a few weeks for the dress to arrive, when typically they would advise customers to order at least four months out. The sales associate said designers usually have a certain amount of dresses manufactured in more common sizes so that they are in stock and ready to be shipped. Apparently, as long as the store is an authorized retailer, this information is readily available.
Now I didn’t end up ordering the dress so I don’t know the validity of that haha.
Post # 13
I think I was quoted longer than it took for my dress to come in, which I was surprised about.
I think you quote you a longer time frame in case it takes longer than they expect and for some wiggle room in case something goes wrong.
Coming in sooner would be a bonus, I would think.
Of course, still inspect the dress. Mine had a tiny stain in front that they easily removed, but I don’t think that had anything with it coming in earlier than expected.
Post # 14
Thanks everyone for your comments. Now I know that it’s not too unusual for this to happen. Of course it’s great that it came in sooner! Hopefully nothing’s wrong with it!