Chicago Bride -
I got my dress in June and they told me it would take 6 months to get in - so Dec 2010 I should get my dress. Then alterations for my dress. I have also have a bridal session scheduled in April/May - so I need my dress to be ready by then. I would definitely start finding a dress now. If you buy off the rack then you can take it with you immediately but if your dress has to be made - you're looking at some serious fees they love to tack on. If you fit the sample and there's nothing wrong with it - you can ask if they'll sell you the sample if you're in a pinch.
OMG!!! Thank you for posting all those pics. That place is simply amazing!! I may have to have my rehearsal dinner there now!! The space is absolutely perfect!! I love it!!
Congrats!!! I can't believe your big day is already here!! Have an amazing time. It'll be perfect and beautiful!!