The more important the event, the more planning involved. There's a reason why brides are advised to start shopping for their wedding gowns a full year
in advance. Now, I'm not saying you need to allocate a year for every event, but leaving your wardrobe choice to the last minute will add unnecessary stress, and the last thing we want on our event day is stress pimples! By planning ahead you avoid missing out on your dream dress, potential delays with shipping, and can allocate the right amount of time for unhurried alterations.
What you should account for:
While you could always look for last minute deals a week out from your event or rely on express shipping options, this usually ends badly and does not leave room for any unaccounted obstacles. Executing a red carpet look
typically takes a team of professionals, so if you are wanting to achieve this result yourself you'll need time to shop for the perfect look. Things to allocate time for are; finding your perfect dress, tailoring your gown, finding the right undergarments, and styling any finishing touches such as jewelry or shoe choice.
A good tailor can typically finish simple alterations within a week. However, if you know your event is at a peak time of year such as prom season or Christmas, it's wise to give yourself and your seamstress an extra week or two to ensure the job can get finished properly and unhurried.
So how much time should you account for?
In the uncertain times we are in while the industry continues to see production delays, we suggest to start shopping and looking at designs three to four months in advance in case you need to order a style that isn't in stock. If you are looking at designer dress gowns
, often these styles are made to order which may take up to 4-6 weeks.
Depending on where you are located, prom season happens from March to June, so if you were wanting to give yourself an unhurried amount of time, this would mean starting to look for your special dress in December or January. This will give yourself the best opportunity to shop the hottest styles, designs and find the perfect gown for your special event!
Below we've created an easy to follow chart to ensure you don't miss important ordering dates!