When should I start shopping for a wedding dress?

When should I start shopping for a wedding dress?


Congratulations, you just got engaged! Now it's time to start checking off your to-do list to prepare for the Big Day. We often hear how long is the production process to create a dress? How many alteration fittings should I plan for? Do I need alterations? Do you have stock dresses ready to sell off the rack? Here I will explain our process and get you prepared in a timely fashion to check the box, Dream Dress Purchased. 


How far in advance do I need to start shopping? 


When placing an order for your dress, a 50% deposit will be needed to begin the production process as each of our gown styles is made to order. Except for our LWD collection, we do not carry stock wedding dresses at the Anne Barge Bridal Atelier. 


An 8–12 month timeframe is what we typically see here from our brides purchasing their dream dress. This allows for our production time of 4-5 months to make the dress, have it shipped to us, and pass our QC department. 


In addition, it allows brides to schedule roughly three fittings spaced apart for the alteration process. Whether you're lucky enough to walk away with a hem and a bustle or in the event there is more extensive work to be done, every dress will need some altering. With the skilled artisans that we recommend to work on your gown, we suggest giving them a minimum of 3 months for this process. 



What if my wedding is soon? What are my options? 


Of course, there are exceptions, and there are many brides who have shorter engagements where purchasing a new gown is not an option. We can sell some of our sample dresses off the rack, and at times this is a great way for brides on a budget to obtain their dream dress. When purchasing a sample dress, brides will want to make sure the dress is in good condition and the size is alterable. Sample gowns are sold as-is and are typically paid for in full at the time of purchase.


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