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A Guide for Brides

When should is start shopping for my wedding dress?

Shopping for your wedding dress but wondering how much time in advance is enough?
Of all the things on a bride-to-be’s wedding planning to-do list, finding the perfect wedding dress is probably at the very top. After all, your wedding dress is arguably one of the most important dresses you’ll ever wear in your life, and it’s likely that you’ve been dreaming about it since you were a little girl, if you are anything like we are! Let’s also remember that pictures last forever and you do NOT want to look back on photos and have that dreaded dress regret.
So, when should you start shopping for your wedding dress? You want to give yourself plenty of time to pick out the perfect wedding dress, but you don’t want to start too early and risk buying something you’ll later regret. Dress regret is REAL. Go ahead and look on reddit. Don’t be that bride! Do not feel influenced to buy a dress at your first few dress appointments. You will be hearing lots of feedback from sales associates who want a sale, family, and friends telling you which ones THEY like, but we advise for you to really take some time after the dress appointments to think about your decision to avoid that dress regret! Here are a few things to consider:
Start shopping 9-12 months before your wedding
It’s generally recommended that brides start shopping for their wedding dress around nine to twelve months before the wedding date. This gives you plenty of time to browse different styles, visit a few different bridal boutiques to find out what you like, and really gather your ideas for your dream wedding dress! You also want to leave time for any necessary alterations if you are buying off the rack or ordering out of state. If you plan on creating a custom wedding dress for your special day, A good timeline to get started on a custom design would be anywhere from 6-12 months in advance. Of course, the exact amount of time needed may vary depending on the complexity of the dress and the designer you choose to work with. Reach out to us directly and we can provide you timeline information for your own custom design! Contact us!

Consider wedding dress lead times

When you’re shopping for a wedding dress or looking to design your own custom design, keep in mind that most dresses take about six – eight months to arrive once you’ve placed your order which some clients do not consider in their shopping timeline! This means that if you’re hoping to wear a custom-designed dress, you may want to start shopping even earlier to give yourself enough time for the design process, fittings, and any other adjustments that need to be made. You also don’t want to be rushed in making decisions which is another reason while starting early is good, but not too early! Anything further out than a year and a half may be a little far too in advance since bodies change in measurements and even some wedding decisions may change which could influence yours dress design!

Think about your wedding day details

The timing of when you start wedding dress shopping can also depend on a few other key factors. For example, you’ll want to consider your wedding date and location. If you’re getting married in the winter in a cold climate, you may want to shop earlier in the year to avoid your dress being out of style by the time your wedding rolls around. Also, we suggest having your venue determined before thinking about pulling the trigger on buying your wedding dress. The venue and its surroundings will definitely impact the design.

Know at least the basics of what you want

Before you start shopping for your wedding dress, you have to have at least a rough idea of what you want. Knowing what styles, fabrics, and details you’re interested in can help ensure you’re focused during the shopping process and set you on the right course towards selecting your dream dress. We suggest trying on ALL OF the different silhouettes. You never know what you may end up liking even better on your on body type! We can not tell you how many times a  client told us that they wanted a fitted dress, but then tried on an A-line dress silhouette and fell in love!

The bottom line: Wedding dress shopping

Overall, giving yourself at least nine-twelve months before your wedding date to start wedding dress shopping, you should give yourself enough time to choose the perfect dress, order it, and have any necessary time for dress alterations done so you look and feel your best on your wedding day. Ultimately, the key is to start shopping early enough that you have the time to explore different styles, but not so early that you’re stuck choosing one dress before you’ve fully considered all your options.
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