ENGAGED? HERE IS YOUR BRIDAL ATTIRE TIMELINE

ENGAGED? HERE IS YOUR BRIDAL ATTIRE TIMELINE. Mobile Image

Oct 20, 2020

Photo: Courtesy of #realMDbride, Hannah

 

If you’re in the midst of the wedding planning process, chances are you’re wondering how long it will take for your vision to come to life.

With the exception of menswear, when you shop for wedding attire (bridal gown, bridesmaids, mother of the wedding) each item is typically a special order. That means that the majority of dresses purchased at our store aren’t created until the designer receives your order with your specified size, color, and customizations from us. Hence the need to plan ahead!

(Psst.. Short on time? We keep our samples in amazing condition so you can have the opportunity to purchase off the rack, too!)

During such an unprecedented year, we have been sure to keep in close contact with our designers to manage each order, and pay attention to their lead times so that we can have full transparency with our clients. Each designer runs on their own manufacturing schedule, but we have complied information from the labels we carry to make things a bit more convenient for you. Below is your go-to guide for when to purchase each facet of your wedding attire!


Bridal Gown

This is usually the first piece of wedding attire to be ordered, and there’s good reason for it! This dress is typically the most detailed, and requires the most time. Additionally, it helps set the tone for every other item that will be ordered for your special day! Click here to browse our updated inventory of bridal gowns..

Lead Time for Bridal Gowns: Up to 6 months*

When We Suggest You Purchase: At least 9-12 months in advance for special orders (custom size, color, etc.)

*Don’t forget about alterations! These can take up to 3 months depending on the work you’re having done, and your seamstresses work load.

 

Mother of the Wedding

This tends to be one of the last pieces of attire to be ordered, but to give Mom all of the best available options encourage her to shop earlier! ! Click here to browse our updated inventory of Mother of the Wedding gowns…

Lead Time for Mother of the Wedding: 3-5 months*

When We Suggest You Purchase: 6 months in advance

*Again, you’ll want to make sure time is allotted for alterations. Most wedding party dresses require atleast a hem and strap lift.

 

Bridesmaids

It’s never too early to be thinking about Bridesmaid dresses, for a few reasons! Nailing down the color family can help define the other hues in your wedding palette, and it’s nice for your ‘maids to know what they’ll be spending early on in the process. That way, you can allow them the time to pay for their dresses in increments versus applying the pressure of a ordering deadline. Click here to browse our selection of bridesmaid designers..

Lead Time for Bridesmaids: Up to 4 months*

When We Suggest You Purchase: 6 months in advance

*Again, you’ll want to make sure time is allotted for alterations. Most wedding party dresses require atleast a hem and strap lift.

 

Bridal Accessories (Veil, Jewelry, Headpiece)

This category is a sleeper! Not only do accessories completely customize your bridal look, but they are the few pieces you may actually be able to wear again and again. So, we want to make sure you love these special finishing touches.

Lead Time for Accessories: Up to 3 months (most of our veils have hand-sewn embroidery/beading/detail!)

When We Suggest You Purchase: At least 3 months in advance

 

Suit/Tuxedo

Now, time to pick what your other half will be wearing! If they choose to wear a Suit/Tux, we can help with that. We carry a variety of options that can be rented, or purchased through our store - and don’t forget, if you purchased your dress at MD your partner receives a free rental! Click here to browse a variety of styles we have available to rent..

Lead Time for Suit/Tux: 3-6 months in advance for Styling Appointment

Lead Time for Groomsmen Measurements: At least 30 days in advance

 

Need to book an appointment for one of the categories above? We’d love to host you, and give you the experience you deserve!

Tap the Appointment Request button below, or call us (603)431-5454 to book/chat!