(Closed) Ordering a dress – how late is too late?

posted 13 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
226 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I just finished dress shopping, and from hearing the salesladies mention "this dress takes such and such months to come in", it really depends on what type of dress you’re looking for.  If you’re wanting a couture gown or higher end designer, from my experience it seems those take 4-8 months.  However, if you’re going like the Davids Bridal route, those can take only 2-3 months.  And sample sales you can of course walk out with your dress.  So that totally directly doesn’t answer your question, but it really depends alot on the designer you choose.  But remember to budget in time for fittings-I was told 2-3 months for this.  Good luck dress shopping! 

Post # 4
273 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

I agree, it depends on what dress you are looking at.  I thought I had plenty of time to order my dress for my wedding, but it was a good thing I wanted to get it off or my to do list.  I ordered my dress in early September and the lady told me it would not be in until December and my first fitting will be sometime in January.  My wedding’s in Late March, but I told her it was at the end of February just to be sure I give myself some cushioning time.  Hopefully all will go well and I’m checking in with her in Mid December to be sure there’s no hiccups in the process (ie, she forgot to order my dress, it came in the wrong color, etc.)  You should definitely find out the lead time on the specific dress you are looking to get and don’t forget to add some additional time for the holidays when nobody seems to be working!  Good luck!

Post # 5
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

What I’ve heard is that it is standard to order a dress 6-8 months prior to the date.  However, you can order and pay a rush fee as well. 

Another option is to buy the gown off the rack and have a seamstress work her magic on the gown to fit you.  You will have to factor in the time for the seamstress to fit you into your dress.

However, if you are having a custom gown made, where it is done on site, I have been told that while it is recommended to put your order in 6-8 months in advance, they do not start making your gown until 4 months before the date.

Frankly, anything is possible, if you are willing to pay!

Good luck and happy hunting.

Post # 6
10 posts
  • Wedding: February 2008

I put off dress shopping as I was VERY nervous and uncomfortable with it.  I finally forced myself to start looking at the beginning of October when I realized I had less then 5 months until the wedding day!  I did an intense 2 week search which included 6 stores and 30+ dresses.  All of the shops I visited were worried and did put a lot of pressure on me to order ASAP.  I tried not to let the pressure get to me (but it is hard not to) and kept looking until I found the one I love.  All stores did tell me I could pay a rush fee, but in the end the dress I wanted was brand new and wouldn’t be available for atleast 3 months (no rush available).  So I ordered my dress, have 3 alteration sessions already booked for the end of January, and am crossing my fingers that everything goes as planned and I have my dress done a week before the wedding!

My advice is to never order unless you are 100% happy with it, but also don’t procrastinate on the dress search too much.  Maybe use the December 1st date as a deadline to search as much as you can to make sure you have the dress you love.  Good luck!

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