Working without a timeline is simply too stressful.
Read up on our suggested timelines for bridal attire shopping!
Wedding dresses take 4 to 6 months for production. We then suggest at least 2 to 3 months for alterations. Therefore, we typically ask that you start shopping a minimum of 9-12 months before the wedding.
With that said, there are always options for brides that come to see us with less than 9-12 months of time. In fact, we’ve seen brides who require a dress just a few months before her wedding. Although not suggested, we are always happy and willing to help! We feel confident that we can always find you a dress in time for your wedding.
A few things to note:
- Some designers will beat out the traditional 4 – 6 month window. How or Why? Because some gowns are already completed and in stock. However, this is not always the case because inventory is always fluctuating.
- Options are limited when you shop for a gown less than 6 months before the wedding. However, there are always dresses available through in stock options, paying for a rush, or purchasing a dress off the rack.
We ask that you visit us for bridesmaid shopping at least 6 months before the wedding. Bridesmaids dresses typically take 3-4 months for production. We also need for you to leave additional time for alterations.
For the most part, bridesmaid dresses are not in stock and always require a special order. We do have off rack options but they are extremely limited.
If a special order is needed, mother of the bride/groom dresses typically take 3-4 months to arrive. We also need to leave time for alterations and so we suggest you start shopping at least 6 months before the wedding.
With the designers we carry, there are plenty of in stock options. If you are shopping in less than 6 months from the wedding, before you fall in love with the dress, give us a moment to check the portals to see what size and color is in stock for the style you like.
For mothers, we feel confident that we can always find you a dress in time for the wedding.
We hope you enjoyed this read and look forward to seeing you in store soon!