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Wedding Dress Shopping: A Comprehensive Timeline

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The journey of finding the perfect wedding dress can be exhilarating and overwhelming. With so many styles, designers, and details to consider, it's essential to approach wedding dress shopping with a well-planned timeline. 

This guide will outline a comprehensive timeline to help you navigate the process seamlessly, from the initial search to the final purchase.


1. Begin the Search (9-12 Months Before)

The moment you say "yes" to the proposal, it's time to start thinking about your dream wedding dress. Begin by gathering inspiration from bridal magazines, Pinterest boards, and wedding blogs. 

Research bridal salons and designers that align with your style preferences and budget. You should book appointments at bridal boutiques for consultations at least nine to twelve months before your wedding day.

2. Finalize Your Choice (8-10 Months Before)

By this time, you should have a clear idea of the style, silhouette, and details you envision for your wedding dress. Schedule appointments at your selected bridal boutiques to try on your top choices. 

Bring along trusted friends or family members for feedback and support. Once you've found "the one," it's time to place your order. Keep in mind that customizations or alterations may require additional time, so aim to finalize your decision eight to ten months before your wedding.


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3. Alterations (2-3 Months Before)

After ordering your wedding dress, the next step is alterations. Most bridal boutiques recommend starting alterations two to three months before your wedding day. 

During these appointments, your seamstress will ensure the perfect fit, making adjustments to the hemline, neckline, and overall silhouette as needed.

4. Accessories and Finishing Touches (2-3 Months Before)

Once your dress alterations are underway, it's time to focus on accessories and finishing touches. Shop for bridal shoes, jewelry, veils, and other accessories that complement your gown. 

Keep in mind that certain alterations, such as hemming, may require you to bring your shoes to fittings. Aim to complete your accessory shopping two to three months before your wedding to allow ample time for necessary adjustments.

5. Pickup the Dress (2-4 weeks Before)

As your wedding day approaches, ensure your dress fits flawlessly. Make any adjustments or alterations as needed. 

Once your dress is ready, schedule a pickup appointment to bring it home or to your bridal suite. Store your dress in a safe place, away from sunlight and moisture, until the big day arrives.

Find Your Dream Wedding Dress with Platinum Bridal in Denver

Buy the perfect wedding dress stress-free with Platinum Bridal. Let our expert team of wedding dress designers guide you through every step of the process. Schedule your appointment today and visit our bridal store in Denver to get started. 

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