Not a day goes by where we don't meet lovely brides who are ready to commit to their dream wedding dress, but have big goals to lose lots of weight. Most brides see their weight loss plan as a huge barrier to purchasing their wedding dress right away, even if time is not on their side. On average, it can take about 8 months before a gown is ready to go home with you (this includes ordering and alterations). So waiting until the very last minute to order your dress is not a wise decision -- this limits your options and can cause some unnecessary stress. Anya Bridal Warehouse Bridal Specialist Sammy Hall is not an advocate of putting off the dress hunt. "You can't wait until the last minute," he says. "You either need to commit to a size or commit to a different wedding date." But what do you do if your big day is quickly approaching and you still have some pounds to shed? First, take a deep breath, "wuuuu saaaaaa," and relax. Everything will be juuuust fine. You DO have options, you know.