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If you’ve started wedding dress shopping, you’ve probably heard that gowns should be ordered 6-9 months before the wedding. Compared to your usual clothing purchases this probably seems like a crazy amount of time, and you may be wondering – why do wedding dresses take so long to make? There are a few reasons why bridal gowns take so long to create, but above all it’s important to remember that this is not your typical clothing purchase!

We’ve outlined the major causes of the lengthy wait time for bridal gowns below:


The biggest difference between a wedding dress purchase and a regular trip to the store is that each dress is made to order. Quality wedding dresses are a far cry from fast fashion, as your gown will be custom created just for you based on your measurements. Since the dresses aren’t premade like most streetwear, it takes much longer for it to end up in your hands.

Waiting to make the gown until your measurements are received ensures that your dress fits you like a dream. Starting off with your exact measurements helps minimize the amount of alterations that are required after you receive the gown. Creating the dresses as they’re ordered also allows the designers to make any adjustments necessary if you’re looking to customize your dress.


Another reason why the dresses take so long is that they’re made with love, and typically by hand! These high-end dresses aren’t usually machine made the way a lot of our everyday clothing is. Intricate beadwork, delicate lace, and custom measurements require someone to create each dress by hand. The designers want to make sure that you’re getting the highest quality dress possible. After all, a wedding dress is a large purchase, and you’ll want all of the little details to be right!


In addition to the dress being made specifically for your measurements, some brides also opt to add customizations. Things like adjusting the neckline, adding tulle, and removing sleeves require additional time on the designer’s end. Especially if you’ve requested many intricate changes, the wait time on the dress can increase substantially.


At the end of the day, it’s well worth the wait to get your perfect gown. Wedding dresses are a large investment, and you’ll never make a purchase like it again! Unlike the usual shopping that we’re used to, these special dresses are made to-order and by hand.

Giving the designers ample time to create a gown specific to your measurements and specifications will pay off when you end up with the wedding dress of your dreams.

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