So he’s popped the question. Now what?
Now it’s time to break out that Pinterest board of gowns you’ve been adding to since you were fourteen. What catches your eye? What styles are you drawn to? What’s trending right now? Check out bridal magazines, blogs, and Instagram pages. Collect as much inspiration as you can! It’ll make it easier down the line if you have an idea of what you’d like to try on.
Knowing whether your wedding will be indoor or outdoor, winter or summer will help you narrow down your dresses. A breezy beach wedding calls for a different dress than a banquet hall! One you know your venue and wedding date, you can start thinking more seriously about what dresses will be appropriate for your theme.
Now is also a great time to start booking appointments at bridal salons. Spaces can fill up quickly, especially on the weekends, so it’s best to book them as far in advance as possible!
After trying on countless dresses, you’ve finally found the one! Congrats, you look incredible. Now what?
It’s time for the boring details- signing your dress contract, paying the deposit, and (the worst part) waiting for your dress to arrive. Creating your dream dress can take anywhere from 6-9 months, depending on embellishments or elaborate cuts. Make sure to factor in any bridal shoots that might require your dress before your wedding day- give the designer plenty of time to deliver the finished product.
While waiting for your dress can be torturous, it’s not useless! Use this time to plan ahead and get some details out of the way.
Make sure you have a tailor lined up for alterations. Check with the salon you purchased your dress from- sometimes they provide one or have a partnership with someone local.
This is also a great time to choose your accessories. Now that you know what dress you’ll be wearing, you can pick out a veil, jewelry, and shoes. It’s good to keep your venue and wedding theme in mind here- stilettos and a floor-length veil probably won’t go great for that beach wedding.
Good things take time, and your gown is no exception! Thankfully your patience will eventually pay off and you’ll get to go pick up your dress. There’s still plenty of time before your big day to allow for any slight fluctuations in your timeline. Now that your wedding dress timeline is well underway, it’s time to start getting excited!
As beautiful as your dress is, it’s not quite finished. It’s time to start your fittings! These will allow little tweaks to be made to ensure your dress is absolutely perfect.
Now is also a good time to stop the diets or juice cleanses- you want to make sure your weight isn’t fluctuating to ensure your dress fits the best that it can. You look great, don’t worry!
Time to get those last-minute alterations done! By now your dress should be pretty much complete. Now is also the best time to finalize what you’ll be wearing under your dress- you might need to try out some different options to see what works.
With your alterations finally finished, it’s time for your first look at the finished product. Put on your veil, jewelry, and shoes- you can even get your makeup done as a test run for your big day. Enjoy this moment! All your hard work has finally come together. All the try-ons, alterations, and back and forth on which earrings look best- they’re over with. Take a deep breath. You look gorgeous!
You’re almost there! Time to take your completed gown home and pay the alteration fees. The bridal salon will send you home with a protective garment bag to keep your dress safe from sun, dust, and prying eyes. If possible, let the dress air out a day or two before the wedding. Any persistent wrinkles or creases can be gently steamed away.
This is what you’ve been working for! Time to put on your finished dress and wow your guests. Take your time getting ready and enjoy every little moment. You look incredible!
Picking out a wedding dress is exciting, stressful, and once in a lifetime. Use this wedding dress timeline to keep yourself on track and minimize dress stress.
Here at Amarra, we can help make the process easier with our gorgeous selection of wedding gowns. With breathtaking selections for every style, we’ve got you covered!
Can’t wait to see you walking down the aisle!
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