When to Buy A Wedding Dress

When to Buy A Wedding Dress

Planning a wedding involves a lot of moving parts, and buying a wedding dress is one of the biggest parts of planning! You’ve probably been dreaming of this day since childhood, so finding the right dress is a key decision. You need enough time to ensure your dress arrives on time, so we’re sharing our best timeline on the blog:

After You Get Engaged


After you say “yes” (congratulations!), planning begins. We recommend waiting until you’ve set a date and venue to begin dress shopping. It’s much easier to make a decision when you’ve got a clearer idea of your wedding day: what you’ll be surrounded by, what the weather will be, and decor you might want. These factors can affect what dress you want!

8-10 Months Ahead of the Wedding


We know this sounds like a long time to begin wedding dress shopping, but you’ll want to order your wedding dress at least 8-10 months before the wedding. This way, the dress arrives in time for you to get alterations. It takes such a long time because your dress is a designer garment: high-end gowns like this aren’t made overnight. Your designer needs to source materials and sew your gown, which takes several months of work. 

2 Months Ahead of the Wedding


Once the dress arrives, you’ll need to get alterations. This doesn’t always mean you’ll be getting huge changes to your dress—these alterations are usually as simple as raising your hemline or altering your sleeves and straps to fit better. This ensures your dress fits flawlessly on your wedding day. Your first fitting will occur two months before the big day, with two subsequent fittings 4 and 2 weeks out, to make sure the dress fits perfectly. 

After your final fitting, you’ll pick your dress up—and the only thing left to do is wear it! If you’re ready to find your perfect wedding dress, book an appointment at Molle Bridals.