Your 12-Month Wedding Dress Timeline

Your 12-Month Wedding Dress Timeline

Shopping for your wedding dress is undoubtedly one of (if not THE) most exciting parts of wedding planning! It’s fun, but can feel a little overwhelming if you’re not 100% sure where (or when) to start looking. We’ve created your wedding dress timeline below so you can start planning the shopping appointment of your dreams:


Twelve months before your wedding day, start researching designers and styles that you love. A Pinterest board is your best friend. Browse our gowns on our website or Pinterest.
It’s important to set your budget at this time too
stick to it!). At Honey Fawn Boutique our traditional bridal gowns start at $1,800, with the average sitting around $2,500-$3,000.
Remember to set aside some money for your accessories, like a veil, shoes and jewelry.

Decide who will attend your appointments with you – it’s a good idea to include family members and supportive friends, but leave your overly opinionated cousin at home. 3 guests is a good number.
We suggest setting your appointment no sooner than 
10 months out so you have enough time to truly find the perfect dress. And you can book an appointment with us online, whenever it suits you!


Uninformed brides might think bridal shops stock every designer and style in sizes 0-36, but that’s not the case! It takes about 4-6 months to order the dress, then another 3 months for completing alterations, so give yourself plenty of time. Note that when you find THE dress, thats the moment to say YES and lock it in! A 50% deposit will be required to confirm the order, with the remainder due when the dress arrives.


It’s time to complete your vision! Start shopping for hair accessories, jewellery and shoes. Don’t forget your preferred undergarments either! Shop for comfortable footwear. If you choose to wear heels for the ceremony, it’s a good idea to pack flats or sneakers as a backup for dancing the night away (no bride should be in pain on her big day!)



Once your dress has arrived instore and you’ve picked it up, it’s time to get fitted! This is a great time to begin your alterations – you don’t want to go too early or late as any fluctuations in weight can leave you with a dress that doesn’t fit properly. Bring EVERYTHING – your shoes, your undergarments, your hair accessories. This is the time to see your bridal look come to life! Alterations can cost anywhere between $200-$1,000+ so be prepared and make sure you have money set aside in the budget for this.


Schedule your second fitting. This is for those final tweaks, like adjusting the straps slightly or evening out the hem. Practice walking in your dress and heels to ensure the length is just right (it should barely sweep the floor and you shouldn’t trip!)


You’ll attend your final fitting to ensure it’s perfect and learn how to bustle your dress for the reception. Keep your gown stored in a garment bag and keep it out of harm’s way.


Slip that gorgeous gown on and go get married! Schedule about 20 minutes with your bridesmaids to get the dress on, buttoned or tied up and photographed. Breathe, relax and relish the moment you’ve been waiting for!


Time to have it cleaned, boxed and stored for years to come by a dry cleaner or you can sell/donate it so it can make another bride’s dream come true.

Originally written and posted by Essence of Australia