Dress Shopping Timeline

Dress Shopping Timeline

When to Start Wedding Dress Shopping 


First things first: it’s never too early to start wedding dress shopping. We know you are eager to begin your search, but we often find that brides aren’t aware of just how long it can take to achieve the look of their dreams! Here is a timeline to help guide you through your wedding dress journey:

Before You Shop


A bride’s favorite thing to check off on her wedding planning to-do list is finding the perfect dress!  We recommend deciding on one other aspect first -- the date you will be saying "I do". The direction your appointment will take is decided by the wedding date. Closer dates will need to look at option available to take home same day.  Those will longer time frames have the option to order a gown.

10-12 Months Out


Yes, -- you read that correctly. Ideally, you should start booking your dress shopping appointments about a year before your wedding day. This may sound like an exaggeration, but we can guarantee you will be grateful you prepared appropriately. Your wedding dress is a high-quality garment that our designers handcraft carefully just for you, and although we do have a few off-the-rack gowns available in store, the options are more limited. From sourcing materials to sewing each piece together, it can take about 5-7 months to receive your dress after you order it. 



Lastly, after you have received your dress, you should allot at least an additional two months for alterations.  BB Bridal does not do in house alterations but refer out to some amazing local woman owned businesses.  Although many brides typically only need minor fixes to their gown’s design, certain custom changes will require additional time, so we recommend overestimating how long you predict it will take. The alterations process is a necessary part of transforming your bridal vision into reality, after all, you deserve to have the most important dress of your life fit you flawlessly.


Ready to start shopping for the wedding dress of your dreams? Book your appointment with BB Bridal today!