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When should I start looking for my dress?

When should i start looking?

12-18 months before your wedding is a perfect time (takes a lot of stress out of the planning) to start looking no later than 9 months for "made to order".

When should you start? Well, that does really depend on a few things...


  • Is your venue booked? - Your venue choice could really make a difference to what dress you finally choose. There's always a certain style of dress for say a beach? a castle? a church? a tippee? etc We recommend coming after you have your date booked with your venue, not essential if you have a clear idea of the style of venue ie if you know you're definitely going for a barn conversion style venue then you're clear on the "vision" and able to make your choice.

  • Are you ready to buy? - If you're hoping to save up for example and you're not quite ready to buy then visit us once you are. If you try on now and fall in love with a gown then you may not be able to get it further down the line as styles will be discontinued.

  • Hoping to lose weight? Does depend on your weight goal. If it's a few pounds or half a stone it's not going to majorly change your body shape. We advise you to perhaps reach your goal before trying on if it's anything more than that.

  • Having surgery? Advisable to wait until after especially if it's breast implants as they will change your body shape.


Time Scales:

  • For a Made to Order gown: In an ideal world we need 8-9 months from the order date to the wear date. This includes the ordering, making, shipping & alterations of the gown. Of course, we have the option for a rush order at an additional cost. The longer we have the better. 12-18 months for us is ideal. Many unforeseen circumstances have delayed dresses getting to us - things like ash clouds, ships getting stuck in shipping lanes, coronavirus and everything else going on in the world! The earlier you are the better!

  • Sample Sale Gowns or "Off the peg": The gown is ready here so no worries about ordering times however we still need 2-3 months for your alterations.

Tip: Join Pinterest - make an online scrap book for al the gowns you like (you can make it private too)

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