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This is our expert guideline for your wedding attire!


Your expert stylist will give you personalized lead-time guidance once you join us for an appointment, but if you have yet to come in or if you want to be sure to stay on track, please reference the checklist below!

□  Book your Bridal Appointment

□  Decide on your dress budget! Keep in mind that this number shouldn't include accessories and alterations.

□  Shop for and buy your dress (Pro-tip: There's no such thing as shopping too early, but there is such a thing as shopping too late!)

□  Book your Bridesmaids Appointment.

□  Decide on a Bridesmaid dress style and/or color palate at your bridesmaid appointment.

□  Give your Bridesmaids a deadline on when to place their dress orders. They should be ordered 6-8 months before the wedding.


□  Book your Mother of the Wedding Appointment. Moms tend to wait to shop, as other wedding tasks can take priority, but we want to make sure she has her first choice in style & color!

□ Order Mother of the Wedding dress(es) to ensure a comfortable shipping timeframe, and leaving room for alterations.


□  Book your Finishing Touches appointment...we have everything you need here to complete your look! Here's our Finishing Touches Appointment request form.

□  Shop for and buy your accessories at your Finishing Touches appointment. They can take up to 4 months to order and you will need them for your alterations, so it's a good idea to make sure everything is here when you come to pick up.

□  Research and select a seamstress to do your bridal alterations. We have a list of seamstresses we recommend if you need one, just ask!

□  Book your alterations appointments with your seamstress, and provide them the ETA our ordering department sent you!

□  Have Bridesmaids and Mothers secure a seamstress for their alterations.


□  Book your Suit & Tux Styling Appointment at Madeleine's Daughter Formal (right next door!). Here is our Appointment Request Form!

□  Book a Meet Your Dress appointment to pick up your dress and accessories. Here is our Appointment Request Form!

□  Have your first fitting with your seamstress.


□  Pick up and distribute your Bridesmaid and others dresses. We can ship to them for an additional charge if that is easier.


□  Decide on the suits or tuxedos the party will be wearing.

□  Give groomsmen a deadline on when to get their measurements to MD Formal, ideally 30-60 days prior to your event.

□  If your 'gents are local, have them request to book a Suit & Tux Measurement Appointment. If you have 'gents renting from a distance, they can submit their measurements here.

□  Have your second fitting with your seamstress.

□  Have bridesmaids and mothers begin their alterations.

□  Finalize your Suit/Tuxedo order (make sure MD Formal has all the groomsmen's info).

□  Have your final fitting with your seamstress and schedule your pick up appointment.