Going Dress hunting!!

posted 3 years ago in Dress
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I started dress shopping about the same time away from the wedding that you are now.  Truthfully, it was great because I wasn’t limited to which dresses I could try on based on when it could come in.  They typically say they can get any American designer dress in and altered in a six month period (so you still have a lot of options if you wait until 6 months before the wedding, but then they rapidly decrease from there).  European dresses take longer- often 10-12+ months.  The dress I ended up picking was European.  They wouldn’t have even shown it to me if I didn’t have 10 months before the wedding, however my dress ended up coming in way early (in 4 months).  

A lot of the consultants will be pushy, but just make a pact that you won’t purchase a dress from a pushy consultant.  My dress ended up being the second dress at the second place I went to (the first was just David’s bridal).  She was the only consultant that wasn’t pushy at all.  She encouraged me to look around at other salons and come back to her salon when new lines came out (I think she also knew that it was my dress and her salon was the only salon in the area that sold it), and that I had plenty of time and only needed 10 months to order the dress, and it just came out so it wasn’t going to be discontinued soon.  And by 10 months from my wedding, another new line was going to come out, and it would be the last new line to come out (designers usually release new gowns after the new year and at the end of summer) before I absolutely HAD to order my dress.   I went to couple more salons, and her salon a few more times too.  I kept comparing every gown to that dress, and it became obvious that was my dress, but it made me very confident of my decision, and I ordered it 10 monthes before my wedding date.  Just avoid sample sale shops.  If you fall in love with a gown there you have to buy it immediately or it will be gone, so they are really only an option when you are actually ready to purchase a dress

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