Monday, June 7, 2010

Bridal Attire Timeline :: When to Order?

Tiffany is wearing "Reese" by Maggie Sottero; the "Chapel" veil by Jennifer Leigh; and the "Mae" necklace by MEG Jewelry; flowers by Dee of Elements of Elegance

We get asked alot about ordering times and when decisions need to be made about "THE" wedding gown, the bridesmaid's dresses, mother's dresses, and tuxedos.

My answer is almost always, "Once you have found the gown you want to get married in, buy it"

The reality is that waiting until the last possible moment to order causes stress.  Even with a rush program, your gown may arrive only weeks before the wedding.  Although we don't like to think about it, even gown manufacturers occasionally make mistakes and your gown may arrive incorrectly.  Ordering at the last minute does not give the bridal boutique or yourself the "breathing room" that makes the whole process fun and stress-free. 

Here are some guidelines regarding decision times for wedding apparel:

Bridal Gown :: 8-18 months before your wedding date
Bridesmaid Dresses :: 5-8 months before your wedding date
Mother's Dresses :: 4-8 months before your wedding date
Accessories :: 2-6 months before your wedding date
Tuxedos :: 1-4 months before your wedding date

Remember, these are general guidelines.  Suggested times may vary by designer or store.  At September's Bride, we are always happy to help you with timelines and make suggestions for the "right" time to order your gown!

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