Are you recently engaged? How exciting! Congratulations to you!
Now that you have said “Yes” to your Mr. Right, the next logical step is to say “Yes to your dress!” The anticipation of finding your perfect wedding gown can be overwhelming… But there is no need to stress because our experts suggest some guidelines to should keep in mind before your shopping begins…
Remember that appointments are required to try on dresses. So before you even enter a Bridal Boutique, take time to make some initial plans beginning with your gown budget, venue and confirmed wedding date. The specific time of year your wedding will take place can dramatically influence the style of dresses 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 so 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 months of January and February, so appointments are at a premium. If you are not under a time crunch, then relax. Only after you have a budget and determined your when and where your wedding will take place, should the actual dress shopping begin…
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