Normally, the special order time frame runs 12 - 18 weeks, depending on the brand you order. Current orders are arriving late January - late March. This is perfect timing for the early spring brides, but risky for the mid- late spring weddings.
The 2015 New Year begins on February, 23. Orders placed but not shipped prior to this date will be delayed 4 - 6 weeks while the factories close to celebrate for 2 weeks. Once they return to work in the factory production will proceed but somehow it seems to take them a while to things back on track.
Brides choosing to special order their dream gown are encouraged to order ASAP so your dress ships prior to the new year break. For those waiting until after the American New Year just be prepared for delays and keep in mind that all things happen for a reason.
If you choose to avoid the delayed arrival of your gown altogether you can always choose from the In Stock. Immediately Available styles are either in stock at the manufacturer, in transit to the manufacturer or in production. All of which shortens the order time.
I hope this information helps you plan better to get the dress you're dreaming of.
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