The Busy Nearlywed's Guide to Last-Minute Wedding Attire Shopping

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You're weeks away from your wedding — but there's still no wedding attire hanging in your closet. Whether you just haven't found something you love, you had a change of heart, or you knew you'd have a short shopping window, no need to panic! There are still plenty of gowns, suits, and dresses that you can get your hands on before the big day. Expedite your shopping process by starting with these last-minute sellers.

Formalwear Shoppes & Wedding Attire Salons

Just because you need a dress, like, yesterday doesn’t mean you can’t hit the bridal salon. Just know that you won’t have the same treatment (or options) as a bride whose wedding is in a year. Call ahead to make sure the shop has off the rack dresses available, which are sold as is (meaning minimal sizes options and likely some damage from multiple try-ons). Still, with a little love and care dresses purchased off-the-rack can be just as pretty and less pricey!


This online retailer’s wedding boutique is full of stunning bridal gowns. When you finally pick one out (it might be hard; they’re all so gorg), shop the site for accessories, shoes, lingerie, and pretty much everything else you need to complete your wedding-day look. And with three-day shipping, you don't have to worry about being dress-less on the big day.

Sample Sales

Every so often, bridal salons and designers host sample sales, which let them clear their stash to make more room for the next collection of gowns. The “last-season” dresses are significantly marked down — so much that these sales tend to get kind of crazy. Still, if you need a dress stat, a sample sale can get you a gorgeous designer gown in a flash and at an amazing price.


It's really, really hard to not fall in love with everything from BHLDN — especially the wedding attire. This brand is always on top of trends: Just look at the collection of dresses and you'll see an amazing array of styles, colors, cuts and more. No matter your vibe, you'll find the perfect dress (and then you can quickly order it online — check the dress info for shipping times).

J. Crew

This swoon-worthy chain may only have a few brick-and-mortar stores, but the wedding collection is available online! If you pick a dress that's in stock, you can get it the next day (not-in-stock picks could take up to six business days). J.Crew's attire are mostly sleek, simple, and unfussy, but you'll find little white dresses and a couple out-of-the-ordinary pieces, too.
Taylor Fordham
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Creative in New York City.
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