This is a question that I am often asked when I do Wedding Fayres. It is of course personal preference, some of my brides want to be super-organised and get all of the main aspects (venue, ceremony and wedding dress) booked 2 years or more in advance. Some brides find that once they have ordered their wedding dress, it helps them to decide on other aspects of their wedding day, such as colours, bridesmaids dresses etc. As an average I would say that the brides I see are booking 12-14 months in advance. You may think that is a long time but you have to factor in the time it will take once you have ordered your wedding dress to make it, dispatch it, have very often several fittings to get it just right. Below is a chart of the minimum recommended times that you should leave it before going weddding dress shopping.