The Wedding Dress Shopping Timeline

The Wedding Dress Shopping Timeline


You’re newly engaged and you’re SO excited to marry the love of your life . . . and to go dress shopping, of course! Maybe you’re the bride who has spent years perfecting their “wedding dress” Pinterest board. Or maybe you’re a bride who hadn’t thought much about their wedding prior to getting engaged! With all of the moving parts of planning a wedding, you’re just not sure WHEN you should go shopping for your gown.


When it comes to wedding dress shopping, there is no one-size-fits all timeline. Every bride that comes in our doors has their own unique vision and timeline. The great news is, whether your wedding is in a couple years, in a few months or a few days, we are here to help you find your dream gown!


Traditionally, special order bridal shops recommend that you start shopping for your gown 9-12 months before your wedding, and for good reason! Special order gowns can take anywhere from 3-8 months to be made, plus you typically need ~3 months for alterations!


The amazing thing about our funky little loft is that all of our gowns are available off-the-rack, so if you find your gown at your appointment, you’ll be able to take it home that same day!! Keep in mind, most brides need alterations, which typically take about 3 months. If you don’t have 3 months, do not worry, there are always options for rush alterations, which can be completed on a shorter timeline! However, if you’re one of the lucky ones whose gown fits them like a glove, you can go and get married the very same day as your appointment! Pretty cool, huh?


Looking for accessories to spice up your wedding day look? We gotchu! Here at Dearly, we have tons of off-the-rack veils and accessories available! Whether you’re looking for earrings, bracelets, necklaces, hair combs, belts, veils, or headbands, we have plenty of options for you!!


It’s never too early or too late to shop for your wedding gown! If you’re interested in shopping with us, click here to book an appointment! We can’t wait to meet you and help you find your dream gown!



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