Wedding Dress Journey Timeline

Firstly, thank you for visiting! If you are newly engaged and ready to go wedding dress shopping, we're glad you found us! Jaclyn's Bridal in Costa Mesa, California, understands how overwhelming it can be to choose a wedding dress when you do not know where to start. It's hard to know when to start thinking about it when there are so many options available. 


If you're concerned about the process, consider us as your closest friends who are here to ease your mind! Find out everything you need to know about the timeline of finding your perfect wedding dress here:



It is usually recommended that our brides-to-be begin shopping for their wedding dress shortly after deciding on the venue and wedding date. It's helpful to plan ahead since most wedding gowns take anywhere from four to six months to arrive, so you won't have to worry about rush fees. Start shopping a year in advance.


Setting a budget for your wedding dress is also important at this time! When crunching the numbers, you'll want to factor in taxes, shipping, and alterations. Be sure to also budget for any accessories you might need, such as shoes or jewelry.



As soon as you decide on your wedding date and your budget, the next step is to research the styles of wedding dresses that you're considering. Is your ideal gown a flowing gown for a beach wedding, or something glamorous and intricate that hugs your figure? Feel free to browse Pinterest boards online or even create a vision board if you're feeling creative! 



It's important to select your shopping companions before you actually head into the store to look for your wedding dress. Bring at least 1-3 friends or family members whose opinion matters most to you. It’s best to keep your group small, choosing only people who aren’t going to cause any stress; after all, this experience is supposed to be a fun time!


When you find your dream wedding dress, it’s time to choose your shoes and accessories. We recommend you pick these at the same time to make sure everything matches properly. And if you’re five months away from your wedding, it’s a good time to shop for undergarments and specific bras or shapewear you might need.



You should have a fitting three months before your wedding. If your dress requires three fittings, you'll need to take time for that. In an ideal world, the second fitting would be 6-8 weeks before the wedding, and the final fitting would be 2-3 weeks before the wedding. As soon as your dress has been fitted and you have all your accessories and undergarments, you're ready to get married! 

If you’re ready to find your perfect wedding dress, book an appointment today with our California bridal professionals at Jaclyn’s Bridal!