When to Order Your Wedding Gown

When to Order Your Wedding Gown

For the recently engaged bride, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by planning. After all, there’s so many things to coordinate that it can be hard to keep up with. To make at least one part easier on you, we are here to help you know exactly when you should start shopping for your wedding gown.


Before You Start Shopping

Before booking appointments, it would be helpful if you planned a few major details of your wedding. The big two you should ideally have set are the date and venue. As the two major keys, it not only helps you know when to start shopping, but gives you a better idea of what your wedding day will actually look like.


Start Shopping

This may sound early, but you should start shopping at least around 10-12 months in advance of your wedding date. When you place your order, the designer has to construct your wedding gown, which can take several months to complete. The entire process, from sourcing materials to placing the final embellishments, is months-long to ensure your gown is perfect. However, no matter how early you get started be sure you are prepared to purchase when you go shopping. You may surprise yourself and fall in love with a gown immediately and even if you think you have plenty of time to order - that gown, fabric, embellishment, etc could be discontinued without warning.


After Your Gown Arrives

Once your gown arrives, you will need approximately 2-3 months to allow for alterations. Typically, alterations are not too complicated, and consist of minor changes like slightly taking the bodice in or raising the hemline to be the right height for your shoes. Over the course of these months, you have an average of 3 fittings to be sure the dress is fitting flawlessly on your wedding day. After that, all that is left is to walk down the aisle!
Ready to start shopping? Book an appointment at Carrie Karibo and we’ll help you find the perfect dress.