You just got engaged (congrats!), and even though you’re dizzy with excitement, you’re also completely overwhelmed while staring down a list of wedding planning to-dos. Deadlines for booking a venue, florist, and photographer are an absolute must! And, of course, you can’t forget your wedding dress!
Breathe! Your wedding day will all come together. Sticking to a wedding planning timeline, including you purchasing a dress, will ensure a magical wedding day in a gown you love. At Anomalie, we strive to make the process of creating a custom wedding gown easy and fun for all our brides; however, we put a lot of love… and time into creating unique dresses for brides. Here’s what you need to know about the timeline of designing your dream wedding dress with Anomalie.
When is the best time to order my Anomalie gown?
The sweet spot is 9-12 months before your wedding date!
We know it seems like a long time, but–it’s true, time flies! You’ll want to allow enough time for the dress creation process and any necessary alterations once you have your gown, so we recommend ordering your dress 8-10+ months out from the date of your wedding. Before purchasing your dress, you’ll need to have your introduction call and design consultation on the books
What is the absolute latest I can order my gown from Anomalie?
Seven months out from your wedding date, but we don’t suggest cutting it this close!
Make sure to talk to your stylist about the timeline of your Anomalie wedding dress if you are 7-8 months out from your wedding and haven’t ordered your dress. There may be some design limitations, like hand-beading or complex designs, if you order your dress with less than 8 months before your wedding.
When should I schedule my Initial Consultation?
Right now! (If your wedding is 7+ months away, of course.)
Hop on the phone with a stylist ASAP if you think you’re leaning toward designing a custom dress with Anomalie. We want to learn more about you and fill you in on the dress creation process! Even if you’re unsure of what type of gown you want to walk down the aisle in, it’s always a good idea to glean as much information about the process, so you know what to look out for when you begin trying on wedding dresses. You can schedule your intro call here.
When should I schedule my Design Consultation?
As soon as you have an idea of what you want to wear on your big day! Ideally, no less than 8 months before your wedding.
A Design Consultation with Anomalie should be scheduled once you’ve done your research and are set on the special details you want to incorporate into your gown’s design. We suggest scouring Pinterest, drawing inspiration from past Anomalie dresses, or trying on gowns to make sure you are confident in the silhouette and style of your dress. Upload inspiration photos to your lookbook and comment on the images to tell your stylist what you like! Schedule your design consultation here.
When should I expect to receive my dress?
After you place your order, get ready for the best mail day ever after 5-6 months!*
Once you order your wedding gown, the fun begins!
- Pre-production (~1 month**) – First, you’ll work with your stylist to finalize the details of your dress design. We’ll upload a sketch to your dashboard, send you fabric samples in the mail, ask that you complete your measurements (with the help of a friend!), and provide lace/beading options (if your dress includes either).
- Production (~4-5 months) – After you finalize the dress details, your dress will go into production at our workshop, and our technical experts start the magic to bring your vision to life.
- Delivery – Once you receive your wedding gown, you should schedule an appointment with your local tailor for your first dress fitting. Although your wedding dress is made using your measurements, you should still anticipate some dress alterations to achieve the perfect fit.
*The timeline for receiving your wedding gown is subject to change.
**Pre-production timeline is dependent on the amount of time it takes to finalize the details mentioned above.
When should I schedule my first fitting?
Once you receive your dress!
You’ll want to work with your tailor to get a timeline on any necessary alterations, especially if you are getting married during the height of wedding season (late spring to early fall). You’ll also want to avoid rush fees. Tailors sometimes add an extra charge if you wait till the last minute to schedule your fitting. As a reminder, alterations are not included in the price of the dress, so be sure to set aside funds in the wedding budget for this expense.
I’m trying to lose weight for the wedding. When do I need to submit my measurements?
Talk to your stylist to decide on a timeline together
You are beautiful just the way you are, and your fiancé thinks so, too! Although we don’t think any bride needs to lose weight before the wedding, we get it. You want you to feel your best on the most important day of your life. Your stylist will work with you on the deadline for submitting your measurements if you are trying to shave off a few inches.
The short answer to all of these questions is to schedule your initial consultation and chat with an Anomalie team member to get all of your questions answered. Let’s start creating your dream wedding dress–schedule a call today!
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