If at all feasible, begin your search between nine and a year before your wedding.To guarantee there is ample time for delivery and changes, designer gowns should be ordered six to nine months in advance. Planning ahead is advised if you wish to alter your dress’ appearance by adding lace or beading, changing the neckline, or altering the train. Short on time? Consider attending a sample sale, where brides can score off-the-rack fashions with discounts of up to 80%, or inquire with your consultant about having your desired dress sent quickly for an additional price. Although it might be tempting to poll everyone on what will be the most important fashion purchase of your life, the more people you invite, the greater the chance that you’ll end up overwhelmed or confused.