Under the Ruffles: Ordering on a Short Time Frame

Let's face it...wedding planning is kind of stressful. When you are planning on a short time frame, it kicks the stressfulness up a notch to pure chaos. While it is always the best option to have a year out, sometimes that just can't happen for brides and we have some tips when you are planning a wedding on a short time frame. 

 Photo via Julie Paisley Photography. 

Photo via Julie Paisley Photography. 

Shop as Quickly as Possible

This probably is a given, but brides with quick weddings or elopements need to shop immediately after getting engaged. In order to make sure that you are allowing yourself as many as options as possible, go ahead and book your appointment after all the toasts are made at the engagement party. 

Choose a Boutique that Offers Smaller Designers

When it comes to getting a dress in a hurry, some designers are easier to work with than others. Smaller designers who have a fashion house in the United States or Canada normally tends to be the easiest to work with in terms of quick delivery. Our Nashville Bridal Shop and Huntsville Bridal Shop offer a number of designers who are quick to help us on a short time frame. For quick turnaround times, we suggest looking at Anna Maier, Lea Ann Belter, Liancarlo, and Anne Barge! 

 Photo via Julie Paisley Photography. 

Photo via Julie Paisley Photography. 

Choose a Designer who Customizes

Customizing a wedding gown can end up saving brides time at the end. By choosing a designer who will do custom measurements, a bride will spend less time in the seamstress's studio working on alterations. Our Nashville Bridal Boutique and Huntsville Bridal Boutique offer a number of designers who offer custom measurements, including Anna Maier, Anne Barge, and Lea Ann Belter. 

Ask if the Designer Offers Hanging Stock

Some larger designers have hanging stock that is available to purchase in frequently ordered sizes. If this option is available from a designer, brides can get their gowns in very quickly without the expense of a rushing a gown. Our Nashville Bridal Shop works with Martina Liana who often has hanging stock. 

 Photo via Julie Paisley Photography

Photo via Julie Paisley Photography

Budget for a Rush Fee

When you are ordering on a short time frame, there will normally be rush fees involved. Depending on how quickly a bride needs a gown, the rush fee could range from $150 to $800. It is imperative that the bride share her total budget - the amount she is willing to spend on the gown and the rush fee totaled together - in order for us to help her stay within her budgetary needs. Some designers are more forgiving with rush fees, including Anna Maier, which is available at our Nashville Bridal Salon and Huntsville Bridal Salon. 

Reserve your Wedding Date with the Seamstress

As soon as you purchase your gown, go ahead and call the seamstress to reserve your wedding date. Since your wedding is happening quickly once your gown arrives, getting the tailor on board from the get go will allow everyone to be on the same page! Our Huntsville Bridal Shop and Nashville Bridal Shop work with great seamstresses who break their backs to help our brides, but allowing them to plan for you will help the process to go extremely smoothly! 

 Photo via AIS Portraits. 

Photo via AIS Portraits. 

For an appointment at our Nashville Bridal Shop, please call (615) 840-7478. For an appointment at our Huntsville Bridal Shop, please call (256) 270-8895.