If you became engaged recently, you probably want to start trying on bridal gowns now! However, before you even consider entering a Bridal Boutique, take time to first secure your venue and wedding date. The fabric options, style and weight of a gown can be influenced by the month and location of your wedding. So when should you actually begin the excitement of trying on potential wedding dresses?
In our experience, it’s optimal to order your dress at least 10 months prior to your wedding date. This ideal window of time allows you to avoid rush fees and have an unlimited selection of gowns to choose from. Typically, it takes anywhere from 5 to 9 months to have your dress arrive directly from the designer. Brides are surprised that Designer Wedding Gowns take so long to arrive. But, Design Houses have factories overseas and production only begins once a sufficient number of orders have been requested. Unfortunately, dresses are not hanging on a rack in a U.S.warehouse, waiting to be ordered; which is why you can never order your dress too early!
Placing your gown order 10 months prior also provides adequate time for professional alterations. Every dress will need some type of altering, so plan on adding 8 to 12 weeks to your calendar to ensure your seamstress is not under a time crunch to make your dress fit perfectly. Fit is everything! Even the most minor of alterations can be time-consuming and thus costly.
Congratulations on your engagement! Enjoy being a Bride to Be! As a final reminder, bridal salons do require appointments and are often crowded on weekends, so call ahead to schedule your visit.
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