Dress hunting at a short notice

Not every bride has time to look for the perfect wedding dress for 6-9 months before saying ‘I do!’. Fortunately, there are a lot of quick options that will help you find whatever you dream of. Here are our 5 top tips and tricks!

Sample sale 

What is a sample sale? It’s a sale to vend the dresses designers used for showrooms, shows, and photoshoots, or from previous seasons. Bridal sample sales are a good idea to find a desirable dress at a reasonable price. Plus, you can take it home right away without having to wait for it to be created (or just wait for it to be shipped). Notice, though, that a sample dress will likely not be brand-new so it will require dry cleaning.

Vintage wedding dresses

The vintage fairs are open for kicky fashion enthusiasts. A Current Affair (LA, New York) and Madame Pauline Vintage (Milan) are main spots for hunting for timeless and charming pieces. A classic '50s ball gown, a '90s-inspired slip dress or a full of '70s chic stunner — vintage stores hide the most unexpected designs, the delivery of which does not take long. Don't forget that you can experiment with your mom's nostalgic wedding dress (hello, something old, and borrowed!).

Online shopping

If a complimentary glass of champagne in a bridal boutique wasn't your cherished dream, you can always choose comfy online shopping. You can find a stunning classical gown at such e-tailers like Moda Operandi, Net-a-Porter, and ShopBop. Also, many designer brands sell wedding dresses online , and they are ready to deliver your dress on the day of order.


Another way to get a last-minute wedding dress is to contact dress rental companies. Among the pros are lower price and special conditions for destination weddings that allow you not to worry about packing and flying it. Cons are a lack of possibility to alter it and to pass it down to the next generation. 

Accents and accessories 

Not sure how to define the look of your wedding dress? Try to create a personal wedding style. It's much easier to find an iconic white dress and complete it with statement accessories. On the contrary, it's difficult to buy a luxurious dress with a lot of bright details. So make your simple gown more elegant with sophisticated touches, like a veil, tulle cape, headbands or jewelry!

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