Dress Shopping

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: When should I go wedding dress shopping?
    NOW! Alterations may be expensive but better than not getting your dress in on time. : (5 votes)
    26 %
    Wait until you lose a little bit of weight, you still have plenty of time. : (13 votes)
    68 %
    Wait until goal and go off the rack! : (1 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    8720 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Every designer has different timeframes for making the dress and delivering it. If you dont mind either buying off the rack or being limited to certain designers then you can wait until about 5-6 months before and you will be fine. My Pronovias dress came in 5 months.

    Post # 4
    926 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Agreed with PP.  I actually bought my dress off the rack, so I took it home that day.  It doesn’t hurt to start looking, then you can get an idea of what styles you do like and how long it would take to order one.

    Post # 5
    928 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    If you’ll be ordering a gown you’ll need about 8 months…so September. I was really uphappy with my weight while shopping but I did lose about 14lbs and the same size was fine after alterations. Normally they say you can go down 2 sizes in alterations without needing a new dress, so I wouldn’t worry about it. Try to diet & excersize in August, then start shopping in September. Just because you order a gown doesn’t mean you can’t continue with your weight loss. If you really want to wait then you do have off the rack options.

    Post # 6
    2320 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @FutureMrsGG:  I vote getting out there and trying on dresses, see what you like and what the time frame is for that designer and you can decide from there.  Just be careful losing weight fast, I know it’s tempting to crash diet for the quick results but it’s so much healthier for you in the long run to lose it slow!  It took me literally 13 years to lose 50 pounds but I’ve kept it off with ease.  Good luck and remember, your FI loves you as you are right now 🙂

    Post # 7
    3344 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    Start looking no later than 6 months before the wedding.  You’ll want to purchase it about 5-6 months out to be sure it arrives in time and so you can still do any necessary alterations.

    Post # 8
    170 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I planned my wedding in three months, that included finding a dress and getting it altered! So you’ve still got quite a bit of time if you ask me.

    ETA: I got my dress from davids bridal though so maybe it’s a different shipment time. Just ask the store these questions, they’ll give you a better time range than we can.

    Post # 10
    360 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’d start looking at the end of the month, at the latest, September or October. If you find a dress that you love, but doesn’t need ordering right away – great! You can put a deposit down and let them know what size you’ll want to order in a few months. However, if you find a dress that you love and they need to order it right away, I’d order bigger than you know you’re going to need, because it’s always easier to take a dress IN than OUT, and budget a little extra for alterations. GL with the weightloss too! 🙂

    Post # 11
    171 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    @FutureMrsGG:  Having worked at a bridal salon, it makes me a little nervous that so many have told you that you should wait. You really need to find out what the time frames are for the designers that may want to order from. I worked at Alfred Angelo, and we were able to get dresses in 3-4 months. However, this is not necessarily a common time frame. Also, some brides just assumed that we could rush everything and there was a point that we had so many orders that they were no longer accepting rushes. As much as it sucks dresses do not always come in perfectly on time so you don’t want to be banking on a dress to come in weeks before your wedding.

    For ship times I’ve heard anywhere from our 3-4 month range up to 9 months just to get the dress in, not even counting alterations time. We recommended that you start alterations at least 8 weeks before the wedding to account for the amount of time needed for the seamstress and potential multiple fittings. 

    You can definitely buy off the rack as recommended by the other brides, but if you have something very specific that you are looking for it can be difficult to find off the rack. Also, off the rack dresses are not always new dresses and are often samples that have been tried on by many other brides. These dresses can have broken zippers and other defects that can also be expensive to have fixed in alterations. 

    Now that I’ve said all of that, just bear in mind that I’m giving you this advice because I want you to have all the facts, and I don’t want you to be one of the too many brides that I saw that waited just too long and were stressed trying to find a dress and were severely restricted because of their timeline. 

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