Wedding gowns are not normally in stock in multiple sizes and color like you would find clothes at a department store. Wedding gowns are normally not made until you order it.
So, when is a good time to order your gown? Typically you would want to have your gown ordered 7 months before your wedding. Now that time frame is for when you already know which gown you want. You’re probably going to want to start shopping 9-8 months before your wedding date because you have to take some time to find the gown.
Let’s break down everything for why you have to start shopping so far in advanced.
1-2 Months: Shopping. Getting times and dates together so that your family and close friends can come with you can be a process, so it is good to have a 1-2 month time frame.
4 Months: (We’re going to base it on the longer side) Your gown finally arrives at the boutique!
2 Months: Alterations. You typically want to give a seamstress a minimum of 2 months to work on your gown and get it perfect. This time frame is especially essential if your wedding date lands in the peak wedding seasons of spring and summer.
1 Month: Your Final Fitting! Normally you would want your gown finished 4 weeks before your wedding date. This will be one less thing you have to think about in the short weeks leading up to your special day.
You can see how easily it takes 9 months to have everything fall into place perfectly. But not every designer takes 12-20 weeks to bring in your gown. Some take less time while others take more. Make sure you check with your local boutique to see what the lead time is on the designer you like.