As you can imagine, it can take a while to get a bridal gown picked out, fitted, and altered, so right after you get engaged, you should make a timeline. It takes 8 to 12 weeks from the time you are fitted until you will receive your dress. Then you have to tack on a couple of weeks for alterations. Finally, the delivery of the gown from the manufacturer can be a problem. If the gown is in stock, delivery is almost immediate; if the gown is being customized - and most dresses are - delivery can take up to four months. So being the nervous nellies that we are, we suggest that you choose your gown at least six months before the big day.

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