Post # 1
Hi bees –
I just found out about a sale at a local, highly regarded bridal botique (my friends have bought their dresses there, and strangers even tell me I need to look there!) – they are selling discontinued Maggie Sottero and Jasmine dresses for between 99 and 699 on a Saturday in two weeks. This is to clear out their inventory. I think they do it once a year, in May.
I am in awe of the beautiful Maggie dresses I see on this board. I want to stay on a budget for my wedding, and this seems like a great opportunity!
We don’t have a date but are looking at venues – I’m confident that our ceremony/reception will be a certain “style” even though we haven’t booked the venue – we are down to a couple of contenders that are relatively similar.
We’d like to get married in Fall 2012. So that’s the other thing – is it way too early to be looking?
I was hoping to get some opinions from you all – let me know if you think I’m crazy 🙂 thanks so much.
Post # 3
I bought it without a date. No problem unless you’re an insane mind changer.
Post # 4
If you do buy a dress this early, do yourself a favor and STOP LOOKING. Because you don’t want to put yourself in the position where you fall in love with another dress and are stuck trying to sell your first dress.
Post # 5
@Ms. Dove: I’m in a similar situation and I’m buying my dress tomorrow! We hope to have our date set for sep/oct 2012, we don’t officially have a venue yet, or a theme or anything, but I LOVE this dress, and I’m going to wear it no matter what. This is our first big wedding item (seeing as how we don’t have anything else picked out) and we’re both really okay with that. If you’re in love with a dress then go for it, but if you are just buying because it’s on sale I wouldn’t. You have a lot of time, and we still have one more whole season to go through (i.e. the new seasons styles will go on sale too in about a year).
that being said, there isn’t anything wrong with shopping this early. But you know yourself best, and if you envision that you *might* change your mind in this year an a half ahead, then I would wait.
Post # 6
There’s nothing inherently wrong, but I think that you’re increasing the likelihood that you’ll change the mind or find yourself wishing that you hadn’t picked something this early. The advice about stopping looking is good advice, but it’s also hard to stop reading dress threads on weddingbee/looking at eye candy online.
ETA: I just remembered that I have two local friends who are both also planning weddings. Both of them bought dresses a year-plus in advance, before they had venues or dates set. It seems like neither one is having any regrets, but I know for me, the venue HAD to come first.
Post # 7
I say go for it! As long as your wedding won’t be like 5 years away or more! I got a Maggie and I am getting nervous that I won’t get it with much time to spare. I am hearing that they take longer to get in, so if you get yours early then you will have plenty of time for alterations. Just make sure it is a style you won’t get sick of if you think your wedding might be far out.
PS–Maggies are AMAZING! I am in love with so many of her styles! Have fun!
Post # 8
I think that’s TOTALLY fine. SInce there is a sale it totally MAKES sense. I was exciting about planning early in order to take advantage of some sales one things… I didn’ though 🙁
Post # 9
I wouldnt buy a dress more than a year out. Trust me there will be other sales, and other great deals and other beautiful dresses. If you rush and buy it you might end up wishing you had waited
Post # 10
bells so true I bought two dresses already changed my mind the wedding is 2013
Post # 11
There will be other sales!!! I wouldn’t buy right now. Hell, I have a date and I’m still not going to seriously look for a dress for another couple months.
And yeah I personally wouldn’t buy a dress without the venue set. You could end up outside/inside in something super hot/cold/formal/informal… you just never know!
Post # 12
I bought my dress before we had a date or a venue AND before he proposed. I lucked out & got an appointment at a salon during a sale & fell in love with my dress (which is also a Maggie). Other people may think it’s crazy but it worked for us. We knew we were getting married. The timing of things didn’t matter.
Post # 13
I bought without a DEFINITE date, but we did have a season in mind! =) Might want to consider your fabric options for your “most likely” season or type of weather you may have in the month you may get married! =)
Post # 14
If you are getting married in the fall of 2012, then, wont there be the same inventory clean out next May? That is enough time to order most dresses. I say, proceed with caution.
Post # 15
I say go and look….and if you find the one, get it! Those are amazing prices and totally worth it. If you change your mind before your wedding you wont be out too much money and im sure you can always resell it.
I have been to 4 stores looking for my dream dress…..and am going to two more tomorrow. Its not always as easy as it seems. Im getting married August 2012, but I do already have a venue booked. However I know that I am so picky that I wont change my mind once i find one I love. =)
Post # 16
It’s only a “deal” if you’re getting exactly what you want. So if this is THE dress, get it or you’ll kick yourself. If you’re buying it more because it’s on sale, let it go and focus on other aspects like venue before settling on a final dress.