Most brides are aware that buying a wedding dress will come long before most of the wedding planning takes place. The concept of wedding dress shopping is exciting and full of fantasy but getting started can be daunting. 

There’s more to shopping for a wedding dress than simply walking into a bridal boutique and choosing something off the rack. To help you navigate this shopping process, we will break down how to get started and when to shop. 

Wedding Dress Shopping Timeline

12-14 months before your wedding

Set a budget

The last thing we want to happen is you either break the bank by getting the dress of your dreams or break your heart because you can’t get the dress. Choosing a budget ahead of time will help your bridal consultant pull the right dresses for you to try on. 

Start browsing dress styles

While it is important to try on dresses to ensure you like the style, looking at dress photos will help kickstart the dress shopping experience. You will get a sense of what you do and don’t like by going through photos. 

Research bridal boutiques 

Don’t go into this process blind! Get a solid understanding of the elements you love- a neckline, silhouette, textile, beadwork, etc. Walking into your first appointment with a baseline understanding of what you like will be helpful when it comes to starting your search. Our tip: go into the wedding dress shopping process with an idea of what you’re looking for but keep an open mind. 

Start shopping

Now is the time to start shopping for your dream wedding dress! Remember to brush up on planning the shopping experience and how to prepare for your bridal appointment. It’s important to cover all of the basics in order to have a successful wedding dress shopping experience. 

9 months before your wedding 

Purchase your wedding dress

At the 9-month mark you should make a final decision on a wedding dress and put down a deposit. It can take anywhere from four to six months for your dress to be produced and then shipped to your bridal boutique. 

 

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