For our gowns, the designers like to have 6 months, so they can order the fabric and handmake your dress. We know that brides often want to lose weight leading up to the wedding, which is not a problem – as long as the gown has been ordered from the designer, we can delay taking your measurements until approximately 3 months before the dress is due to arrive. Just remember to bear in mind is that the gown will need to arrive approximately 2 months before the wedding to allow time for alterations.
Sounds confusing? The easiest way to work it out is to count backwards from you wedding! So if you were getting married 30th April, your dress would typically arrive around the end of February; measurements would have been taken by the end of November and the dress would have been ordered in October at the latest.
Of course, most brides choose their wedding dress well before the 6 month point, as it is usually one of the first things you want to do! Your bridal gown is often a key styling piece for the wedding, and it is very hard to try and organise anyone else’s outfits without knowing what you will be wearing.
However, if you have less then 6 months to the wedding, don’t panic! We always do everything we can for our brides, and as our gowns are made in the UK and we have such a good relationship with our designers, it is always worth calling us to see if we can help. Just bear in mind that what you can have will depend on the designer and their schedule, and that late orders result in a rush charge.
So the short answer to “When should I order my wedding dress?” is “as soon as you find the one you want – but preferably at least 6 months before your wedding!”