Bridal Tip

The Bridal Shopping Timeline

The Bridal Room would love to extend a warm congratulations to all the newly engaged brides out there! Now that you have said “yes”, the biggest question we get is “When should I start dress shopping?” or “How early do I need to get my dress?”. In this post we will give you the inside scoop on the timeline of bridal shopping.

When you begin your dress shopping journey it is important to do your research about dresses, styles, and designers, but also about the timeline. When you find a gown that makes you feel stunning, you want to make sure you have enough time to get the dress in and tailored perfect for your big day!

Wedding dress shopping should start nine to ten months before your wedding. It is a big decision, so it is okay to take your time, but avoid thinking too long or shopping too many places and confusing yourself with all of the options. Shortly after the nine month mark is when you should order your dress. Once you say “yes” to your dress (Hooray), the order for your gown is placed with the designer. Depending on the designer of your chosen gown, It takes four to six months to make the dress and ship it to the salon. Once the dress arrives, it will be inspected and ready for alterations! The first fitting takes place two months before your wedding, and the second is two-three weeks before.

2 months for shopping + 6 months for the dress to be made + 2 months in alterations makes 10 months total. Unlike other dresses, bridal gowns are made to order, which is why they take extra time and care. Once the designer receives the order, they begin to make the gown from scratch. Once the dress arrives and is inspected, our alteration team and seamstress will begin alterations. The seamstress will pin, cut, and work their magic to ensure the dress is hemmed and fitted to perfection for your big day!

We hope that our post is helpful to our newly engaged brides looking for a place to start, and for those brides who might not have 10 months, please do not fret! We have solutions for brides on a time crunch, give us a call so we can work with you on finding your perfect gown!

Looking forward to meeting you soon lovely!

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