(Closed) This has probably been asked before many times but.. when to order a dress?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
839 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Chrysoberyl:  I’m getting married the same day and I ordered my dress beginning of March and I received on beginning of June. They said it could take up to 8 months and in most cases usually no longer than 6 months. I would probably start looking now so you won’t have to pay extra to get it to you on time. Your first fitting is 6-8 weeks before your wedding so keep that in mind. Also just because you start looking now doesn’t mean you’ll find one right away. It may take a few trips to different stores.

Post # 4
4056 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would certainly start looking and trying things on. Yes, you are still trying to lose weight, that’s what alterations are for. But since it can take a long time for dresses to arrive, I’d start at least looking for shapes that you like on your body. 

Post # 5
8041 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Yes.. from watching Say Yes to the Dress, I heard it’s an average of about 8 months to get the dress.. so you might want to start looking ASAP!

Unless you lose a ton of weight (well, like 30+ pounds), I think alterations will be fine to make the dress work.

Depending on what kind of dress you’re looking for, you could always try sample sales or trunk shows closer to the date of your wedding (or buy a dress from a non-wedding store even), but if you have something super specific in mind, I would order something quickly.

Post # 6
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I was told 9 months for my dress to come in as well. I bought it a year to the day ahead of my wedding, so if it truly takes 9 months I’ll have 3 months for alterations and whatnot. I agree, you should start soon!

Post # 7
864 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

9/8 months, mine took 6 months to come in, then you need about 2 for alterations.

Also I actually lost 20 lbs. and my dress still fits really well and only needs a few alterations? I don’t know what is going on I’d thought I’d be swimming in it but not really. I would be more worried about getting a dress you love in time for your wedding than ordering a size too big because they can take it in easy.



Post # 8
1108 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Do you have any ideas about where you would like to get your dress?  I bought mine at David’s Bridal and it took less than a month to come in.  I know that isn’t the norm and I know other places take much longer, but if you have a bridal store in mind, you may want to go in and ask them what typical order times are like.  I ordered my dress last November and have since lost about 20 pounds and I wish I had waited to order a dress closer to the size I am now.  Alterations will help if you keep losing weight after you order, but I would say the longer you can wait before ordering, the better. 

Post # 9
1311 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I started looking for a dress in November casually but didn’t really start shopping for one till January. Bought one on January 18th and was told that it takes 6 months to get here. So basing on that I should have it by the end of this month as it hasn’t arrived yet. 


That gives me two months to alter it which is enough time.


Each store has different times as well as the designers. Some designers take longer to come in then others. Mine is by Dimitri.


Post # 10
2490 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

Mine took a month.

The one for my first wedding though took 9

Post # 11
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I would say to start looking at the nine month mark.  I did, and I’m beyond fine.  I had heard previously one should shop at the 9-12 month mark (so do 12 months if you’re indecisive, but you should buy one at 9).

I’m suspicious that shops quote a longer time for brides that have more time until the wedding and less time for more imminent brides.  I wonder if the designers prioritize sooner weddings. 

Post # 12
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I ordered mine on May 26th and it is supposed to be here the first week of September, giving me just enough time to get alterations done.

I waited to order mine because I wanted to make sure I was getting what I really wanted and therefore, hopefully avoiding “dress regret”. The whole time I was under the impression I would be able to rush it so I wasn’t too worried but since I had extra length added to mine they could not rush it. 

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