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When to Buy the Dress?

A safe bet is to have your dress six months before your wedding, but don’t panic if you‘re still looking at three months prior. The less buy the bridal season, the closer to the wedding date you can buy it, since seamstresses aren’t as booked.

• Special order or custom-made dresses should be in our possession at least four months in advance.

• Have you vintage dress about six months before the wedding, so you can clean and alter it. Such dresses need to be handled with kid gloves and you don’t want to take it to any seamstress or drycleaner!

• Don’t forget to purchase your dress with a credit card for added insurance. If an error occurs, at no fault of your own, you are not stuck paying for the dress.

• You’ll still have to pay upfront (at least half) even if your dress must be ordered. Treat this transaction like you would if you were purchasing and leaving with the dress. This means getting a receipt, paying with a credit card and making sure all details are on that receipt, as if it were a contract. You want the style number, manufacturer, color, size and delivery date, along with your payment and the final amount due. Another critical piece of information is the due date. Make sure you let the clerk know the date of your wedding and have her write that, along with the promised delivery date of the dress, on your receipt. Make sure the return, exchange and warranty policies are stated on the receipt.

• Make sure that there is a tag on your dress. If a store tears off a tag they are violating FTC regulations. It is permit able for the store to remove a label if they replace it with their own.

• Who told you what size to order? This is very important because what happens if the dress arrives and it is too big or too small. If a seamstress measured you and wrote down the size then any alterations needed should be free (provided you didn’t gain/lose weight.) Make sure this is stated on the receipt.

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