The Lief Bridal guide on when to buy your wedding dress

Ah, weddings. One of the most exciting yet stressful occasions in the event world! There are so many things to sort out; the cake, the band, the venue, the invitations, who will sit where, what type of food you will serve, how great-uncle Dave will get to the ceremony- the list goes on. But unmistakably, as most brides will tell you, one of the most important aspects of a wedding is da da da-daaaa- the dress. Yes, the dress. Every bride wants to look beautiful on their big day, but what happens if you leave shopping for your dream dress too late? Panic levels rise and there’s a higher chance of simply settling for a gown instead of missing out completely! Well ladies, seeing as your wedding day should be one of the best days of your life, we do not want to settle. So, if you want to make sure that you’re as cool as a cucumber when it comes to purchasing your dream gown, then you’re in good hands! Below are a few points to help make sure that you will pick an appropriate gown for your ceremony in a sensible time frame.

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Number One - Your dress will most likely need some alterations

Consider the fact that you will need time for alterations and fittings after your dress is purchased. Give yourself 8-10 months to look for, and purchase your gown. It should take around 16-20 weeks (4-5 months) for your gown to arrive after being ordered, but could take a little longer if ordering in peak wedding season. You'll then need around 6 weeks to meet with your seamstress and for alterations to be completed. Remember to check with your Bridal shop what their alterations procedure is when buying, as this is not always a service that is offered by the shop so you may need to allow yourself time to look elsewhere for a seamstress when your dress arrives.