(Closed) What sizes do Bridal shops usually carry on hand?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
8446 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@liveyourlife77:  It really depends on the shop.  I know larger chains like David’s Bridal will probably have more sizes in stock.  I think most sample sizes are 6, 8 and maybe 10.

Post # 4
455 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

that’s really close if you’re ordering and not going off the rack. Also, could you just go with your mother and father to pick out the dress and then go a second time with your fmil and maybe your bridesmaids to show it to them? 

Post # 5
13249 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

FYI – my dress took eight months to come in.  So if you’re only giving yourself two months, you’re limiting yourself to a store that sells off the rack (David’s, primarily).

That being said, I found the sample sizes in the boutique I ordered from to be between an 8 and 12.

Post # 6
2640 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

@liveyourlife77:  You’ll give your stylist a heart attack! It sounds like you are planning on ordering, since your mom wanted to see the latest styles and buying samples means you are buying older looks. I would call around and see how much lead time you’ll need. They’ll likely charge you extra for a rush order.

Post # 7
903 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I would start asap! Most stores require 6-10 months to order a dress!


as for sizes, I found a good variety. Most samples were 8-14 in bridal. Obviously davids will have more sizes, and the more posh boutiques had smaller samples, but i was able to try on any dress I wanted and Im about a bridal 12i-14ish

Post # 8
6110 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

The shop where I got my dress mostly had size 10. Some may have been 8 and some may have been 12, but majority were 10.

Post # 9
1603 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@liveyourlife77:  I think you should go dress shopping NOW. If your mom is worried about the “latest” styles, she shouldn’t.. The spring collections should be out and orderable now in most cases. You WILL NOT have time to get a dress in let alone get alterations if you wait until February.

Post # 10
1846 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

When I was looking they were all 8-10 in bridal sizes. Which is 6-8 in real sizes. 

I ended up buying an 8, even tho I wore an 8 in regular clothes (it was a bit tight) because i didn’t have enough time to order.

Post # 11
1231 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I actually can’t answer your question. I am tiny and the shop I went to had dresses that were all too big for me but if I were you, I would go sooner than that.

It doesn’t mean you can’t go again later but at least you’re giving yourself more time to try on different styles etc.

Post # 12
2447 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Omg, you need to be looking like right now. Dresses take like 6 months to come in! 

Post # 13
2634 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@liveyourlife77:  I would go now. Going with 3 months left is cutting it too close. Also like a pp said, at that time, the newer styles wont be available for off the rack. EVen at David’s bridal, they wont have too many available off the rack, and some of their off the rack ones have been worn and abused (depending on the store and how they take care of them)

Post # 14
9672 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think most of the ones I tried were 8-12 with a lot of 10s (bridal size).  They did have some seperate plus size ones as well.

Definitely go in ASAP since it can take 4-10 months (depending) for dresses to come in.  Mine came in quick at 4 months.

Post # 15
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I also got married in May, I bought my dress in the 3rd week of December, and they had to make sure it would make it on time!

DB can definitely do a 12-week order to store turn around time, SOME Maggie dresses are available as a 6-week order to store turn around time, but I can’t think of any other places that can make and ship a dress that quickly!

DB has samples in a size 0 to 20-something, but the boutique I went to only had samples in a size 6-12, and a rack of like 4 dresses that were bigger.

Post # 16
2907 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@liveyourlife77:  I work in bridal gowns now and for several companies you are fast approaching the rush date. I think you should order before Christmas unless you want one off the rack. If you want something “newer” go to a trunk sale.
Good luck and congratulations!

Off the rack, our shop has maybe 1 6, 4 8s, several 10s , and a few of each up to 22. BUT they are not the same dresses as we can order and they may be discontinued or damaged.

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