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When to Purchase Your Gown (advice from the experts)


Did you just get engaged? Congratulations!

Besides finding Mr. Right, nothing else can compare to the anticipation of finding your wedding gown…

Question: Should you begin dress shopping as soon as he puts the ring on your finger?

Answer: No… Before you even consider entering a Bridal Boutique, take time to make some initial plans beginning with your budget, venue and confirmed wedding date. The specific time of year your wedding will take place can dramatically influence the style of gowns and fabric options that are appropriate.

Once you have selected your gown, it typically takes 5 to 9 months to have your dress arrive directly from the manufacturer. Production time varies greatly by designer and season.  Surprising to most brides is the fact that Designer Gowns are not hanging on a rack in a warehouse somewhere in the United States, just waiting to be ordered…  Most gowns are sewn and imported from China, so their unique holiday schedule impacts delivery capabilities.  The overseas dress factory often begins production after sufficient orders have been requested. Each dress is made to fulfill a specific order request, which is why it takes many months to arrive.


Always plan on adding 10 to 12 weeks to your calendar to ensure a professional seamstress can have adequate time to alter your dress to fit perfectly. Fit is everything! Even the most minor of alterations can be time-consuming.

Congratulations again on your engagement! Relax and enjoy this special time. Most bridal salons are very crowded during the spring, so appointments are at a premium. If you are not under a time crunch, then relax. Only after you have determined when and where your wedding will take place, should the dress shopping begin…

Kathryn’s Bridal

3807 West Elm Street
McHenry, IL 60050


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The beautiful first photo at the top of this blog is from the wedding album of Dayna, one of our very own brides.

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