Post # 1
I just bought my dress today!!!!
Woo hoo! We were going to aim for October but the dress wont actually be shipped until October. It’s ok – we’ll move it to a winter wedding. We don’t really care. But 4-5 months to wait for a wedding dress?
I’m confused. This seems to be the norm for the boutique we went to and I just don’t get it. It’s one thing if you were ordering a custom, $50,000 dress. I mean – you wouldn’t have 50K gowns on a rack in a warehouse somewhere just waiting around to be purchased because then you would lose money. But most of these dresses were in the $2,000 ballpark. What takes so long? anybody understand the process?
These can’t be handmade – otherwise they would be way more expensive. I’m so surprised that these lower-end dresses aren’t ready to go in at least a few weeks after ordering them.
Anybody clear on the process and why it takes so long? Thanks!
Post # 3
@mousepeach: Because even making a 2k dress ties up a lot of money, and it just doesn’t make business make sense to keep a random inventory of dress sizes in stock when they’re so expensive (it adds up!). It makes more sense for them to custom make them as they’re ordered, when they know they have a buyer. This is also why you can’t typically return bridal gowns: once they’ve been ordered, they’re yours!
Every piece of clothing you see in any store is sewn by a person; there is no way to do all parts of clothing contrustruction on an automated machine. So, while they’re not necessarily hand sewn, they are each hand made.
They take so long because you’re not the only one ordering a wedding dress; other people are in line in front of you. In some cases, you can pay extra for a rush order to get your dress sooner. Perhaps you could ask the bridal salon if that’s an option?
Post # 4
It is crazy right? I was told 9 months!
Post # 5
i wish mine would hurry up and come in! I have a date of aug 5 and keep hoping it shows sooner! cant wait to try it on with all my accerisories!
Post # 6
It’s because they don’t just have the dresses in stock. It’s because they make your dress when you order it. And also they wait till the money goes through for sure.
Post # 7
Most are hand made in China as already said and then cargo shipped.
Post # 8
I think it’s mostly because that gives brides more time to question their decision and possibly want to reorder and spend more money. Call me crazy, but I think the wedding industry has got it all figured out in regards to spending psychology.
Post # 9
Ok – I get it – but then why do places like Bloomingdales, Saks and Bergdorfs have tons of 2k-5k dresses on the rack, ready to go?
I’m ordering a size 10 – it’s not even being “custom” made from the company. I’m just ordering their plain sizing. While I can appreciate they don’t want to lose money I’m just confused because I have seen plenty of mass produced dresses that are 2K in many department stores.
And yes – I understand I’m not the only one ordering a wedding dress. I was born at night….but not last night.
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
When I ordered my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses they said they’d take 6 months to ship….it took about 2 weeks.
Post # 11
I was told by someone in the industry that some stores place the orders right away so the dress comes in reasonably quickly. Other stores wait until they have enough sales for it to be considered a bulk order so that they can save money, but don’t necessarily pass that savings onto the buyer…
Post # 12
I just ordered my dress a couple weeks ago and it’s coming in October, so that would make it 4 months for it to arrive. Like a previous poster said, they don’t make it until you order it and put money down for it. I was told by my bridal consultant that I’m very petite in the bridal world (I’m only 5’1″) so I doubt they would have a bunch of my dresses in my size just sitting in a warehouse.
As for the Saks/Bloomies dresses, I have no idea why they sell it off the rack. There must be something about the bridal industry that I don’t know?
Post # 13
I too am mystified by this- I understand maybe 2-3 months, but 6-12 months for a dress that is basically made in a factory and not even made to size?! Blows my mind, esp for the cost.
Post # 14
@lena_k_29: this makes the most sense. I cannot imagine that it actually takes 6+ months to make and ship a dress.
Post # 15
I ordered a yard of fabric to make straps. Fabric! It was seriously a square of fabric and Watters told me – TWO months.
Luckily it really took 2 weeks order to arrival.
Post # 16
Thanks all – I’ve since talked to quite a few people in person and they were all quoted ridiculously long dress delivery times and they arrived in half of the estimated time or less.
I also assume places want to play it safe and over estimate time. Nothing worse than telling a bride it will be ready in 2 months and not have it show up!