Post # 1
My wedding is in January 2013 but I started trying on a dresses a few weeks ago. I found this dress that I keep coming back to. I’m just going to say it….I love it! It has topped every dress I have tried on (and I have tried on a bunch!).
I am mostly concerned with two things: 1) finding something I like more when the seasons change and new dresses come out, OR 2) the dress I love going on sale when the seasons change and missing the opportunity to have gotten it for less .
The dress I love is a Pronovias 2011 dress.
I have the opportunity to purchase the dress for 15% off right now. I am debating about whether to just take the plunge and purchase (and then forcing myself to completely abstain from dress searching). 🙂 Thoughts?
Post # 3
If you are that in love with your dress AND you can get is on sale now, then go for it! While new dresses come out, the styles aren’t changing that drastically that fast. Once you find THE dress, then its the one you will love all the way till your wedding day.
And once you buy it, STOP looking at more dresses! Be happy with yours.
Post # 4
I purchased my gown about 16 months ahead of the date. I tried it on, went to look it up online to show my mom, and it had JUST been discontinued, so I scored a great deal. I would ask the consultant to see if this will be discontinued any time soon or if it’s a popular one that will be around for a while.
If she says it’s here to stay for a bit, I’d snag it with the 15% off deal and find a place to store it (and STOP looking, haha). If it’s set to be discontinued soon, I would just keep tabs on it REALLY closely, and watch for the minute it goes to buy the sample (if it fits). If you can’t purchase a quality sample when it’s discontinued, then I’d just buy now with your discount to be sure. Best of luck!
Post # 5
I’m going to go against the grain and say that I think you should wait a little longer. There will always be more dresses, more sales, etc. A lot can happen in 16 months.
Also, do you have your venue and such nailed down?
Post # 6
As long as you’ll have alterations worked into your wedding budget and you’re sure this is most definitely the dress, my money’s on going for it. I found my dress around a year before the wedding, and ended up losing 8 pant sizes, but if you’re not planning on losing a substancial amount of weight and can resist the urge to do any more looking, I see no reason not to go for your dream gown!
Post # 7
@KristenGotMarried: It’s actually 13 months before the wedding, not 16 months, and we have our venue booked. We are having a formal, evening wedding. The dress is a drop waist ballgown.
I am concerned about the price changing (either not being able to get the discount or missing out on getting it for less). I guess this is just a gamble we take, right? I’ve always read that November and December are the best time to purchase wedding gowns. *sigh*
Has anyone ordered a Pronovias dress? Can you tell me how long it took before it came in?
This timing stuff can be complicated!!!
Post # 8
I say the dress will be around for a while unless it’s being discontinued..I’d check on it here and there and wait until you are at least 10 months out from the wedding. But chances are…you will still want her.
Post # 9
@MiamiLove13: Derp. Obviously my reading comprehension is off. Anyway, I’d still wait. Just like PP said, it’ll still be around, and the longer you wait the bigger the discounts 🙂
But that’s just me! If you love-love-love the dress, then get it. Part of me wishes I’d waited – not because I want a different dress, but because I’m losing significant weight and the alterations are going to be a bitch. I wish I’d waited so I could order a closer size to what I’ll end up being.
Post # 10
I’m not planning on losing any weight between now and the wedding so I’m not so concerned about what size to order. However, I do think that it’s a good point that we only get to go on shopping trips and try on these amazing gowns once (hopefully) in a lifetime. I do love setting up appointments and trying on fun dresses! 🙂
I tried on an amazing Rivini and a stunning Vera Wang today. Why not do this for a few more months? 😉
Post # 11
@MiamiLove13: Hello date twin! My Fiance and I just started gown shopping five months ago. I purchased my gown three months ago and just had my first fitting. My Fiance is still shopping and we’re headed to a boutique tomorrow to try on what she thinks is THE gown–the deciding factor is how great the price is on Small Business Saturday!
Post # 12
I would wait! I got my dress 10 months prior, and the dress regret is starting to seep in. While I do love my dress, I just wish I had shopped around more, especially since new styles/lines came out a few months after my purchase.
Post # 13
I bought mine 14 months before and haven’t even had the slightest regret. I *love* my dress. If I could try it on daily I would. Lol. I was in a similar position – it was on sale, I knew I loved it, and I’m a very decisive buyer. It also had just been discontinued, so that sort of pushed it for me. That’s really the only difference.
I don’t see many reasons not to if you are positive it’s your dress. I know you hear about dress regret fairly often on here but…not everyone has it.
Post # 14
I would NOT buy it now. you will find a million other dresses between now and then that you LOOOOVE, also you will find this dress for way less between now and then, and can probably get it used too.
Post # 15
I found out that the dress is going to be on sale at a boutique in my home town in January! I’m so excited! I am definitely going to purchase then!
Post # 16
@MiamiLove13: If you are in LOVE with the dress buy it! I bought my dress around June/July 2011 and my wedding isnt until May 2013. I just fell in love with my dress!