Post # 1
- Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK
We haven’t set a wedding date yet, but it’s most likely going to be between March and May 2016.
I happen to have a week off work in three weeks time, as does my best friend, so I wanted to start dress shopping.
Considering im 18-20 months out from the wedding, is this a bit too soon? I know I won’t be buying just yet, but I thought just getting an idea of styles that work for me would be ok.
Im only 5 feet tall, and finding regular clothes to fit is a nightmare, so finding the most beautiful dress of my life is probably going to take a while!
So, would you go looking this early or hold off a while, and what should I expect with dress shopping? What should I wear/bring?
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
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.
Post # 7
- Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK
Thanks for the opinions ladies 🙂
I have a budget put aside for my dress already as my mum wants to pay for this for me. It just seemed like good timing as everyone has days off at the same time to just go and have a look. I probably wont commit to buying anything until I know for definite where my venue will be, so probably best to wait until next year.
Post # 8
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!!