If you are a bride that needs a dress in a hurry, there are a few things that you can do. The first thing you can try is to rush your order. In some cases, designers will accept rush orders, and these dresses are prioritized. When you go dress shopping, the bridal consultant asks your wedding date to ensure that you can get your dress on time, and wedding dress manufacturers generally prioritize gowns based on wedding dates as well. Ask your bridal consultant at the start of your appointment if rush orders are an option at that time.
The second is to buy a dress off the rack or ask to buy the sample.
Thirdly, during the pandemic, many designers took the time to create more of their best-selling dresses to help bridal shops increase their inventory for off-the-rack purchases. We have taken advantage of this and purchased a stock of extra dresses to help out our brides. This includes purchasing dresses in both smaller and larger sizes than our typical samples run to allow us to help as many brides as possible.
At this point, we are trying to keep as much inventory in the store as possible to help brides who are afraid that shipping times will make ordering a dress an impossibility.
When you book an appointment with us, we ask questions regarding your bridal style. We can then see if there are any dresses that fit your description in our inventory that are close to your size that could be purchased and brought home the same day. If that means that you leave the shop in our sample, we will reorder a sample dress so that you can leave with a dress immediately.
Keep in mind, buying a sample is only helpful if it is close to the correct size. It is important to note that a dress that is too small is not going to be an option. A dress that is way too big likely can’t be altered in a way that looks as nice as the original dress. Truly, a dress can only be two sizes too big and still work for a bride. We always have you check with our suggested seamstress to determine the gown is able to be altered properly.