(Closed) What am I missing?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Well, some gowns are ordered from overseas, and others are made to order, as well as some suppliers closing down over the Christmas period, but I honestly believe that some of it is to increase the sense of urgency for brides. “You must make a decision now, because your wedding’s in six months, and it’ll take at least three for the dress to get here!”

Post # 4
1935 posts
Buzzing bee

mine took 4 months to come in. this is because the company doesn’t start to make it till you put your order in..

Post # 5
1416 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Mine took 6-7 months to come in…as PP said, it’s made to order, it depends on what designer you go with, if you go with a dress that’s “couture” (custom made to your measurements) or one that’s off a production line. The more expensive couture dresses tend to take many months, but if you buy a ready made dress you can sometimes even walk out of the store with one if the store has stock. It depends on the designer/dress. It’s not just wedding dresses. My mom bought a couture gown to wear to the wedding (not from a MOB/wedding store/section, so they didn’t know what the occassion was) and it also took a few months to come in since it was made to order from very delicate fabric that had to be handstitched.

Post # 6
413 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I suspect your dress was available in the designers US inventory.

on average, gowns take 16-25 weeks. The reason for this is that the designers have to fill a “cut ticket” of each particular design before they submit it to the factory. This is why there are “rush” fees. Esentially, you are paying the factory fee to bypass the cut ticket requirement. The stores don’t pocket the rush fees, they are given to the factory by the designer.

some gowns do take more than 6 months, particularly some of the very expensive couture gowns. The level of handwork that goes into the beading and patterning of laces is much more labor intensive at the couture skill level.

some stores pad their dates a bit with certain designers that are known to be late. This is especially true of Maggie Sottero. Stores that have carried them for ages well remember the season where two entire sea freight containers were detained by US Customs for 8 weeks, missing several wedding dates. Once bitten, twice shy!

Post # 7
3126 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

@MayaBean:  This. 

When your dress arrives a lot faster, it is usually because the designer already has it in inventory in the US or because they have already started the process of making the gown in the exact style/color/size you ordered. In my experience the only time this really happens is if a different store quits paying their bills or cancels their order.

Congratulations on your good luck!

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