When to Buy a Wedding Dress

Buying a wedding dress is one of the most important decisions you make when planning a wedding. You want something unique that reflects your personal style and makes you feel beautiful and confident, and you want it with plenty of time ahead of your wedding. To help you with your timeline, we’ll give you an idea of what to expect when shopping!

 

When You Begin Planning

 

Booking your shopping appointments should be one of the first things you do while planning. Before booking, we suggest knowing your venue and date, so that you have a good picture in your head of what your wedding day will look like. This will make shopping go much smoother and stress-free while shopping!


10-12 Months Before the Big Day

 

While a year ahead may seem long, time flies when planning a wedding—and you’ll definitely need the extra time for your dress to be made. Buying your dress 10-12 months out ensures your designer will have time to craft your gown, as it takes several months to construct the gown from start to finish to ensure you get the highest quality product. 

 

5-6 Months Before the Big Day

 

While you wait for your dress to arrive, it’s time to start thinking about accessories! Everything from your veil to your shoes is important: do you want statement earrings? A hair comb instead of a veil? Looking for the perfect “something blue?” This is the time to be thinking of exactly how you want to style your wedding dress. 


2 Months Before the Big Day

 

Once your wedding dress arrives, you’ll need to get alterations. These are typically small, such as raising your hemline or altering sleeve length, but they’re immensely important! Alterations ensure the dress fits flawlessly, giving you a flawless fit so you’re perfectly comfortable on your wedding day. Typically, you’ll have 2-3 fittings over the course of several weeks, so it’s important to shop early enough to have time for alterations. 


Ready to start shopping? Book an appointment at Solutions Bridal and find your dream dress.