(Closed) Dress Shopping: How early is too early?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Congrats on your engagement!! and yes calm down! lol

  My engagement will end up being 2.5 years too but im not going dress shopping until about a year out (this May).  I have gone on a couple of non-serious shopping trips to goof around in bridal shops though.  i think you should wait for the serious shopping if you can; especially if you think your tastes will change.  I went from wanted a big princess dress to a fit and flare, so dont lock yourself into a dress just yet.  Research, research, research, you have plenty of time!

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yes you ARE super crazy nutso to be shopping this early. Especially to be considering a gown that requires so much alteration. You have almost THREE YEARS to find a dress. Wait until October of 2012 to shop. For real.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Congratulations on your engagement!!!

I don’t think you are “super-crazy-nutso” at all. I purchased my gown in November of 2009 for our March 2011 wedding. Your post looks like it could have been written by me. I search and search for the best deal, and I love to plan. I am almost done planning now, and I am not sorry at all that I started everything early. I got the best deals and soon I will be able to just sit back and relax. If you purchase your dress early though, make sure you don’t settle, just because it is a good deal. Make sure it is the one that you want. Since purchasing my gown, I have seen a couple of gowns that I would have liked to have tried on, just to see, but I am still very happy with my gown.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Gowns and designs change every season, so it stands to reason that you might find another dress that you love more later. I think women who buy to early are more likely to buy a 2nd or even 3rd gown. I think it makes more sense to wait until you’re about a year out to buy the dress.  It’s not so much that I think your taste will change, but your options will definitely change and you will have too much time to be exposed to stuff that you might also love and then you’ll have buyer’s remorse.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Guess what? LIke you I’ve been dress shopping since I was with my EX. So yeah… scoping it out for quite a while. I fell in love with one online, finally got engaged and learnt that the dress was in a store near me! Got engaged Sept 12th. Went dress shopping Sept 18th. I tired on the wonderful dress from online- guess what? I didn’t like it. MORAL OF THE STORY- you don’t know what you really think until it’s on YOU.

However I did purchase A dress that day. It was the first one I tried on and semi similar in style but it was fairly different than my online love.

All in all I purchased my dress 1 year and 8 months early.

My vote: seriously wait. Wait until the 2 year mark at the earliest then go shopping not online shopping- you might be surprised how different it is in real life.

Post # 8
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758 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i went dress shopping 15 months out and people thought I was insane. I am an obsessive planner too so I understand where you are coming from, but you have an awfully long time…

Take some time and enjoy the engagement. No need to rush into anything…

however, I say go try on the dress and if it is the one you know you cant live without and you are ok with getting this far out (and you know you wont get any bigger before the wedding), get it!

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I just bought my dress for my May 5, 2012 wedding.  So…16 months in advance.  I tried it on 2 separate times (about a month apart), and each time I almost cried when I tried it on.  I had also looked at 3 different gown shops at many other gowns, and not one elicited that same reaction from me.  Not even close.  

I think you should try the dress on to see if you like it (and to stop driving yourself crazy), and if you love it, buy it.  But only if you really, really love it.  Here’s my reasoning: once you find THE ONE, what’s the use in looking at more dresses?  If we always kept looking for something better instead of sticking with what we love and know in our hearts is the best for us, we wouldn’t be getting married in the first place.  

Congrats on the engagement, and happy planning!  =)

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I just bought my dress for my May 5, 2012 wedding.  So…16 months in advance.  I tried it on 2 separate times (about a month apart), and each time I almost cried when I tried it on.  I had also looked at 3 different gown shops at many other gowns, and not one elicited that same reaction from me.  Not even close.  

I think you should try the dress on to see if you like it (and to stop driving yourself crazy), and if you love it, buy it.  But only if you really, really love it.  Here’s my reasoning: once you find THE ONE, what’s the use in looking at more dresses?  If we always kept looking for something better instead of sticking with what we love and know in our hearts is the best for us, we wouldn’t be getting married in the first place.  

Congrats on the engagement, and happy planning!  =)

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