Shopping for a wedding dress is an occasion that many brides-to-be have dreamed about for years. Now that your partner has put a ring on it, you can finally put all of that Pinterest inspo to good use.
As you start researching local bridal boutiques for appointments, it's also important to think about a timeframe for ordering your dress. It needs to be well in advance before your big day to ensure a seamless experience so you get exactly what you want.
At Love Bridal Boutique, we recommend that brides order their dress 8-12 months in advance. Here's why!
This is supposed to be an enjoyable process, so the earlier you start shopping, the more time you have to search for and try on different styles. There are more options, more time to learn, and less worry about not getting your dress on time.
It's understandable that some bride timelines are faster than others, just talk to your bridal consultant and they can help you come up with a plan!
It's a big sigh of relief after you find your dream dress, but the adventure doesn't stop there. The dress you tried on during your appointment is a sample, and your dimensions will be taken and sent off to the designer to make the dress from scratch.
As well, you may want custom work done, which might take extra time to complete.
After your dress comes back, it's time for alterations. That means more fittings to get the final look perfect.
By ordering your dress 8-12 months in advance, you have plenty of time to get all of the finetuning done without cutting it close.
The 8-12 month timeline is a flexible range, because it gives you enough time to get your dress altered and delivered without worrying about rush fees.
It's also not too far in advance that you miss out on new designer releases. What if you swoon for a new collection after you've already ordered a different dress? Designers have varying timelines for releases, so communicate with your bridal consultant about when they receive new collections and plan accordingly.
At Love Bridal Boutique, we get the majority of our new dresses twice a year! The fall collections come in usually around July/August and the Spring collections start arriving in January.
Keep an open mind, go into your appointment with a plan, and you already have a solid starting point for finding your dream dress without the added confusion or pressure!