When bridal gown shopping, the best advice we can give is to get started sooner rather than
later. Besides the fact that it will likely take you a good amount of time to find “the one,” it’s
important to keep in mind that you’ll need to allot enough time for your dress to be made,
fittings, and alterations. Here’s a timeline of what to expect when shopping for your wedding
After You Get Engaged
Congratulations! You’ve said yes, now it’s time to get to planning. Pull out your Pinterest boards
and find some wedding inspiration to start forming a visual of what you want your special day to
look like. Especially if you plan to match your dress to your wedding’s theme, we recommend
deciding on your venue and date before shopping for a dress. This will give you an idea of the
season and setting of your ceremony, which can help lead you to your dress much quicker.
10-12 Months Out
Start booking your dress shopping appointments about 10 to 12 months before your wedding
day, -- yes, 10 to 12 months. Although this may sound like an exaggeration, we can confidently
say that setting aside about a year for dress shopping will result in the most comfortable,
stress-free experience possible. Accounting for the time it takes for your designer to sew such a
high-quality garment, as well as preparing for any potential shipping delays, you should expect
to wait five to seven months to receive your bridal gown after you order it.
Finally, the anticipation for your dress’s arrival ends, and the alterations begin. Once you receive
your dress, you’ll want to schedule a few fittings and request any adjustments needed to ensure
your bridal gown fits exactly how you envisioned it would. Alterations are an important step in
creating that flawless “I do” look you’ve been dreaming of, and even though many brides only
opt for minor fixes, this process should not be rushed. After all, this is the most important dress
of your life.
Ready to find the wedding dress of your dreams? Book your appointment with Bel Fiore today!