When to Buy a Wedding Dress

When to Buy a Wedding Dress

For the bride-to-be planning her wedding, there’s a lot of moving parts and small details to consider. Planning requires coordinating everything in time, so that when the wedding day arrives everything is in place and you have nothing to worry about. If you’re planning and aren’t sure what to expect when buying a wedding dress, we’re giving you a timeline of what to expect. 

After You Say “Yes”


Once you’re engaged, wedding planning begins! You should begin shopping ASAP, but we recommend waiting until you’ve set your date and venue. Having your date and venue set lets you know what season your wedding will be, and lets you better picture your wedding day while you shop for your dress. 

10-12 Months Before the Wedding


It may seem long, but it’s important to give yourself enough time while shopping. About a year out, you should begin shopping for your wedding dress, so that your designer has enough time to sew the dress. The process of constructing your wedding dress takes several months, and with ongoing supply chain issues, this lengthy process is taking even longer. 

Few Months Before the Wedding


Once your dress arrives, you’ll need a few months for alterations. Typically, you’ll have three fittings, scheduled weeks apart, to be sure everything is fitting correctly. Whether you’re hemming, taking in, letting out your gown, or doing something more involved, like removing sleeves, alterations are an important step to be sure everything about your wedding dress is perfect. 

Shopping for the perfect wedding dress? Book an appointment at Bella Bridal Gallery, and our expert staff will help you find the perfect wedding dress.