By Bonnie Morgan
Many brides are unaware of the gown buying process. A “Brick and Mortar” bridal salon can best help you through this time in your life. A store you can “walk into”, where you can have one on one, face to face consultations will ease your mind on so many of the important issues.
One of the most important issues to address first is, “when do I buy my gown?” Most stores will sell you a gown off the rack. This is great for weddings that are coming up soon. But most also offer you the option of ordering your gown, one that you can special order in your size, style and color. This allows you more options and you’ll be purchasing a gown no one else has even tried on.   
When ordering your gown, you need lead time. Most manufactures need 12 to 20 weeks to cut, sew and embellish your gown. With some companies offering major changes to the original dress, you’ll need even more lead time to take advantage of this great offer which makes that gown uniquely yours! Then you need to allow for shipping time. Plus, you will want to have your gown in time to do any alterations needed.   
As of the writing of this blog, 10/27/16, many of the gowns are being shipped after February 15th. This means if you want to be a “June Bride”, for instance, you will need to order your gown within the next two months.
So, don’t procrastinate, make an appointment soon and enjoy finding your dream dress.