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Wedding dress shopping

Mackenzie, on August 23, 2019 at 3:25 PM Posted in Wedding Attire 0 19
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When is it a good time to start looking for your wedding dress? only asking, because I plan on making payments for my dress so thoughts??


  • Cristina
    Dedicated October 2020
    Cristina ·

    I will be getting married next October and will begin wedding dress shopping this October. Normally a year in advance is good because it can take anywhere from 6-8 months for your dress to come in and then you may still need to do alterations.

  • Amber
    VIP February 2020
    Amber Online ·
    I think it depends on how "designer" you plan on going honestly. The past brides I've known got their dresses from David's Bridal (less than $1,000) and didn't take more than about 4 months to come in. If you factor in the time for alterations if necessary, I'd say you'd wanna have your dress ordered at least 6 months before, so probably start shopping around a couple months before then. I think higher end gowns will generally take longer, then I would allot at least a year. My wedding is in May and I start dress shopping tomorrow!
  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
    Kelly Online ·
    It depends where you go but my dress took 7 months to come in. Places like David’s Bridal and BHLDN don’t take as long. Also most places require you to put down at least 50% for them to order the dress with a lot of places requiring full payment up front. So I would call and ask the dress shop you’re interested in what their policy is.
  • Chandra
    Master May 2019
    Chandra Online ·
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    I came here to mention the payment thing as well. We had to have 25% down and pay it off in full in like 30 days before they would order.
  • Cher Horowitz
    Rockstar December 2019
    Cher Horowitz ·

    Usually ordering your dress a year out is recommended. This way there's time to make payments, have the dress come in and do alterations!

  • Katie
    Super November 2019
    Katie ·
    I would start early because a dress can take anywhere from 3 to 8 months to come in and then you still have to get alterations so that will be at least another month, possibly more depending on how many appointments you need.
  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Champion March 2017
    Pirate & 60s Bride ·
    Most gowns take 6-9 months, but David’s takes less time from what I’ve seen here. Mine took 8 months.

    Usually, you’ll put a 50% deposit then pay the remaining 50% when it arrives.
  • Mackenzie
    Beginner June 2021
    Mackenzie ·
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    How early do you think?
  • C
    Dedicated May 2020
    Christina ·
    My wedding is in May and i started looking 1 week ago and bought my dress at a bridal shop this Thursday. It won't come in until February, so 6 months, and then I'll have 2 to 3 fittings after that. My choices for payment were either 70% down and remainder when dress comes in or 10% off if i paid in full.
    I agree with David's bridal comments. My friends got their dresses in 4 months or less
  • Katie
    Super November 2019
    Katie ·
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    I went in January for a November wedding
  • Elizabeth
    Dedicated June 2020
    Elizabeth ·
    Thanks for posting this! I am going to have to get going on looking. I wanted to lose a bit of weight, but that’s what alterations are for, eh? Good luck!!!
  • F
    Dedicated November 2019
    Fia ·
    I stayed looking for a dress end of January of this year. Purchasded my dress in February. Dress showed up sometime in June I think. I didn't expect to arrive until August. So I say 10 months should be safe.
    And most dress shops require a 50% deposit

  • Marissa
    Dedicated October 2019
    Marissa ·
    I ordered my wedding dress in August of last year (about 3 weeks after getting engaged) and my wedding is October 8. I think it was the perfect amount of time. It arrived in February but it’s given me the chance to pay the dress off.
  • Shireen
    Devoted May 2020
    Shireen ·
    I get married in May and I started dress shopping today.
  • Lisa
    Devoted October 2020
    Lisa ·
    I’m getting married October next year and just bought my dress this month. I’m actually glad I started looking early because it’ll take 7 months for it to come in and then an additional 3-4 months for alterations when it comes back. I’m glad I looked early because it’s a huge sigh of relief knowing that that’s checked off my long checklist. Also, I had to put 60% down and the remainder will be due when the dress comes in.
  • Michelle
    Dedicated April 2020
    Michelle ·
    Be mindful of the shops policy. I had to put a 75% deposit down for the salon to order my dress and the rest of my payment was due when my dress arrived.
  • Brittany
    Savvy September 2020
    Brittany ·
    I went in July and I’m getting married September 2020... I would call around to the shops you plan on going to and ask how much down do you need for them to order your dress. The place I went to was 70% down.
  • Amber
    VIP February 2020
    Amber Online ·

    Just wanted to update on my previous post. I ordered my wedding on Saturday, August 24th and it will be here by September 23rd! I was amazed at how fast it will come in.

  • TobeWed
    Savvy August 2020
    TobeWed ·

    Hi! Just wanted to chime in here as I'm getting married April 2021...... I went to try on my dress last weekend and loved it. I mentioned the date to the woman dressing me and asked when I should come back in and buy, she said this designer needs 12-14 months for delivery as they're made to measure, so to order in the next 2 months! So I placed my order and went on my way. I was only going in for a first look but so glad I did!

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