Wedding Dress Journey: Process & Timeline

Congratulations on your engagement! We're glad you found us if you're looking to shop for your wedding dress! When you don't know where to start, it can feel overwhelming to choose a wedding dress. The fact that there are so many options makes it difficult to decide when to begin thinking about it. Our team at Brides by Glitz in Nashville can ease your mind if you are concerned about the process! Here are all the details you need to know about the timeline for finding the perfect wedding dress:



 Our brides-to-be usually start shopping for their wedding gowns shortly after deciding on the location and date of their nuptials. It's helpful to plan ahead since most wedding gowns take four to six months to arrive, so you won't have to worry about rush fees. Start shopping around a year in advance! We always encourage our brides to keep this in mind; the sooner, the better.


 It's important to set a budget with your wedding dress. You'll need to factor in taxes, shipping, and alterations. Be sure to also budget for any accessories you might need, such as shoes, shapewear, or jewelry.


 Once you've settled on your wedding date and chosen a budget, the next step is to start researching styles. Is your ideal gown a flowing gown for a beach wedding, or something glamorous and intricate that hugs your figure? Feel free to browse Pinterest boards online or even create a vision board if you're feeling creative! It’s helpful to get an idea of what styles and silhouettes you like because it will make the process so much smoother for you and your stylist.



 Before you head into the store to look for your wedding dress, make sure to select your shopping companions. Bring at least 1-3 friends or family members whose opinions matter most to you. It’s best to keep your group small, choosing only people who won’t cause any stress; after all, this experience is supposed to be fun! So be extra mindful about the energy of the people you decide to bring along. The last thing you want is to have someone who either isn’t supportive of your decisions or brings down the vibe of the trip with negative energy. 


 Once you find the perfect wedding dress, it’s time to pick out shoes and accessories. We recommend you shop for these items at the same time to ensure they match properly! You don’t want to shop for shoes and jewelry before deciding on the gown; honestly, keeping these all in the same timeframe is the best way to ensure you find the perfect pairing. And if you have five months until your wedding, it’s a good time to buy undergarments and specific bras or shapewear that you might need. The difference that the right bra and shapewear can make is astounding! 



 It's a good idea to have your dress fitted three months before your wedding. This gives you an adequate amount of time to meet with your seamstress and get the absolute perfect fit for your gown. The first fitting appointment is typically the longest, lasting usually around an hour. You could need 2-3 fittings depending on what changes need to happen. 


In an ideal world, the second fitting would be 6-8 weeks before the wedding, and the final fitting would be 2-3 weeks before the wedding. You don’t want to have your final fitting too far in advance because you never know what sort of changes your body might go through closer to the date. Remember, the gown has to fit YOU - not the other way around! 


As soon as your dress has been fitted and you have all your accessories and undergarments, you're ready to get married! Remember to keep some extra pins, clips, and stain-remover on hand for the day of the wedding just in case you have any fashion mishaps and need a quick fix.


If you’re ready to find your dream wedding gown, book an appointment today with our bridal professionals at Brides by Glitz in Nashville! We can’t wait to meet you and help you along this beautiful process.