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Wedding Dress Timeline: When To Buy, When To Alter

The process of finding and buying a wedding dress can be a stressful time. Every bride wants that perfect dress to feel confident and comfortable in on their wedding day. Starting this process as early as possible can take some of that stress off of your plate. Before you go wedding dress shopping, you may have a decent idea of what kind of dress you want - the material, texture, neck line, and train. Of course, you might change your mind about what style you like once you start trying things on, but it is great to have an idea of what you like and what you dislike so you can narrow down some dresses once you're in store. Ordering your dress and allowing time for alterations can be tricky and might take longer than you think.


Timeline For the Dress:

  • 12+ months out from your wedding day you should set a budget for how much you would like to spend on a dress and then start doing some research on what you like and dislike

  • 10 to 12 months from the wedding is when you should start to shop for and buy a dress for the big day. This timeline may change depending on where you are shopping. If you are shopping at a large chain, you may be able to purchase your dress just 6 months before your wedding, but if you are shopping at a local boutique with designer dresses, you will want to stick to the 12 month mark.

  • 5 months from the wedding day, you should be purchasing all of your jewelry, your shoes and any other extra things you need for your wedding.

  • 3 months before the wedding you should have a fitting with a seamstress to discuss any alterations your will need done to your dress. Don't forget to bring your undergarments and shoes that you will be wearing on the wedding day to this fitting!

  • 1 month before you tie the knot, you should have all of your major alterations done and have your second fitting for final adjustments.

  • 2 to 3 weeks before your wedding you should have a final fitting with your seamstress and make sure everything is ready to go and just how you like it.

  • Day before the wedding everything should be set in place and completely ready to be put on


Having a timeline to follow is always key to being prepared for your wedding and especially with your dress because every bride wants it to be perfect on their big day!



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