When to Buy a Wedding Dress

When planning a wedding, there are so many different aspects to take care of before it’s time to say your vows. One detail that we have found many brides aren’t aware of is that wedding dress shopping can take much longer than expected. The most important part about finding that perfect gown is making sure that you allot enough time to do so, so we’ve made a timeline on what you can expect when wedding dress shopping:

After You Get Engaged


You’ve said yes, and the planning begins. Although you should start considering what style of dress you may want right away, we recommend that you first select the date and venue of your ceremony before you start going to fitting appointments. Knowing the setting of your wedding will help narrow down some details about the type of dress you may want to lean towards.

12 Months Out


About a year before your wedding, you should start booking your bridal appointments. Production times are currently ranging from 6-9 months. This may sound much longer than you expected, but it’s important that you schedule enough time for each step of the dress shopping process. Looking through hundreds of options, having your dress hand-sewn by your designer, shipping, and alterations all take time. It’s better to have time to spare than have a last-minute scramble.

A Few Months Out


After your dress arrives, you will schedule a pick-up appointment with our store to try on your gown!  You will want to set aside at least 6-8 weeks for alterations. During this time, you’ll schedule with a recommended seamstress to make any adjustments necessary. Almost every bride will need alterations. Some brides only require alterations to their bustle or hem, but many will also need bodice adjustments, additional embellishments, or personalization if that is something you are interested in. Please plan on having multiple fitting appointments. This step is crucial to having your dress fit flawlessly, and you will be grateful to have allowed enough time to achieve the bridal look you’ve been dreaming of.


Ready to get started on your search for the wedding dress of your dreams? Book your appointment with Boulevard Bride today.