Dress shopping

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I had six months between getting engaged and getting married. When I went dress shopping five months out there were questions as to whether or not the dress arrive in time to have alterations done without needing to pay a rush charge.

I say go dress browsing so you know what sort of styles work for you and then wait a few months before buying.

Post # 3
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128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

It feels a little early, it leaves a lot of time to potentially see other dresses, change your mind. Personally I wouldn’t buy more than a year out from my date. There’s no harm in starting a little research and looking at different designs though. In terms of your height, keep in mind that the seamstresses in a lot of these stores can work wonders, they alter wedding dresses everyday, they’ll be able to help you out.

Post # 4
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2657 posts
Sugar bee

I would not begin shopping until you are prepared to buy.  I did the same thing where I went shopping to see what worked best for me, and then I found a lot of serious contenders.  I realized that if we waited longer to shop, we’d have a much harder time comparing dresses to the ones I already tried.  I ended up buying a dress earlier than I had been planning to, but I have no regrets about the style I bought.  Some dressmakers take up to a year to ship dresses, so it’s never a bad idea to go dress shopping early.  You’ll want to wear a strapless or convertible bra and skin-colored undies.  Some stores will provide a long-line bra to wear, but most let me wear whatever I had.

Post # 5
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1202 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Unless cost is no object, I’d book your venue first!  There’s no point in falling in love with a dress and buying it, only to find it doesn’t match the rest of your wedding. 

Lots of people encourage you to wear whatever dress you want but I think you should match a ballroom/beach/country wedding with the appropriate dress.  Also, circumstances change and your spring wedding might turn in to a winter wedding.

Finally, the dress can ruin your budget.  Venue/catering is the biggest expense – you don’t want to have to give up your dream venue because you spent too much on a gown.       

Post # 6
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716 posts
Busy bee

I have a 15 month engagement, started shopping at T-10 months, and plan to purchase by T-8 months. 

Personally, I think you will get very confused shopping more than 12 months ahead of time.  Styles that you may look at now may not be available in a year and similarly there will be all new styles in a year.  Also, dress shopping takes effort and you and your family and friends may get tired before it is even your peak time to shop.

I do think you need to know your venue and season first as that will (or should) influence your dress choice, as canadajane said. 

I’m 5’2″, so I can also offer some petite advice.  It took me an appointment or two to figure out, but modified a-line, fit and flare, trumpet, and sheath are our silhouettes.  Then it’s just a matter of do you want a bottom that is straighter (sheath), fuller (modified a-line or fit and flare), or curvier (trumpet).  Definitely not our silhouettes are ballgrowns or wide or full a-lines (too disproportionate) and mermaids (too choppy, shortens vs. lengthens).  Beyond that, it’s just material – silk/satin, lace (and type of lace), tulle, and/or beading.  And then of course budget.

Happy engagement!

Post # 8
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631 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Splodge2003:  We got engaged last month and looking at april-june 2016 for wedding. I live far from family and dress shopping will either be this august or next august (WAY too late) if I want to do it with my mom and sister (Which I do) Im not set on buying anything yet but I want that first experience with them so now is my time. I may go shopping back here by myself or with a few friends if I dont fall in love with a dress back home but I know I wont regret having a chance to try on dresses with my mom and sister first and if I find my dress, then I found it! Im a decisive person and if I know its THE dress ill know and if not ill keep looking.  Do what feels right for you and forget everyone else!!

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