Badgley Mischka · bridal gown shopping · Southern Wisconsin Bridal Salon · Wedding gowns

When to begin shopping for your dress!

Congratulations on your engagement! You finally can begin the exciting search for your Wedding Dress!  Let the shopping begin!!


So, exactly when should you begin looking for your dream dress? Experts agree that before you even consider entering a Bridal Boutique, take the time to first determine your gown budget. You need to know exactly how much you can afford and this will determine where you should shop. Next, secure your venue and 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.


In our experience, it is best to order your dress at least 10 months prior to your wedding date. This optimal window of time allows you to avoid rush fees and ultimately save money. Typically, it takes anywhere from 5 to 9 months to have your dress arrive directly from the designer.  Brides are often shocked that Designer Wedding Gowns take so long to arrive. The reality is that Designers factory production only begins after a sufficient number of orders have been requested.  Unfortunately, dresses are not hanging on a rack in warehouse, ready to ship. Instead, gowns are created only after orders are submitted. For this reason, you can never order your dress too early!


Ordering your dress 10 months prior to your wedding date also provides adequate time for professional alterations. Every dress needs 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. Rush alterations are usually an option, but typically are more expensive and stressful. Thus, early ordering ensures a smooth and reasonably priced custom fit.


Congratulations again on your engagement! Enjoy this special time! As a final reminder, bridal salons require appointments and are crowded on weekends, so call to schedule your visit soon.

Kathryn’s Bridal  3807 West Elm Street, McHenry, IL 60050



all photos courtesy of Badgley Mischka


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