What to Expect When Dress Shopping

Shopping for a wedding gown is something us girls have dreamed of, however we sometimes have no idea what to expect when shopping, and we’re not sure what the process looks like. Here are some answers to the questions you might be having.

When should I start dress shopping?

We always recommend start the shopping process about 8-10 months before your wedding date. If you are having a destination wedding, then you would want to start looking 8-10 months before the day you leave. This gives you plenty of time to order a new dress and have time for alterations. Feel free to start shopping even earlier than that!

What should I try on?

If you have not tried on dresses yet, let your consultant know so they can pull dresses in different silhouettes and styles. This allows you to see what kind of look you’re going for and help narrow down the search. You never know until you try it on! It’s kind of like trying new foods, you never know you like something unless you have tasted it.

I said “YES!”

Congrats on saying “yes” to the dress! Now what? Now we wait, this is why we recommend on shopping early. Once you purchase the gown, the designer will make you a new gown. This can take up to 6 months (depending on the designer). Once the gown has arrived at the shop, you will come in and pick up the dress and take it to alterations, which will take another 2 months (3 fittings).

If we didn’t answer your question here, make sure to check our FAQ section, or call us at (858) 523-9254 and we are happy to answer them.