Dear Pat: My fiance and I just moved up our wedding date and now it’s just four months away–but I just learned that dresses can take nine months to come in! Is it too late for me to order a wedding gown? How difficult will it be to find a dress in my time frame?
Don’t worry! Finding a dress is still a possibility. Some designers offer rush ordering options (keep in mind fees for this can range in price from $50-$500), but your ideal solution will be to find a dress “off the rack”- usually the sample dress brides use to try on. When you make your appointments be sure to ask the bridal salons what sample sizes they have available–some stores carry a range of sizes while others carry all size 8’s or 10’s, and you want to be sure that the sample you buy can be altered to fit you. If the dress you love is a few sizes to big or too small it can often still be altered to fit, but you may need to pay more in alterations. Most stores keep their samples in pristine condition, but if there happens to be a stain or broken zipper on the dress you love, don’t let that deter you–once you have the gown cleaned and meet with a seamstress, the gown often looks like new!
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