Post # 1
My wedding is about 16 months away and I’ve been looking for wedding dresses for about 3 months now on the internet. It’s been difficult actually, I’ve never found a dress that I truely love. So I came to the conclusion of having a dress made and after lots of looking and figuring out what I liked from each dress I know exactly what I want now and I have found a fantastic dress maker that I think would do a most excellent job.
I was planning on going to some wedding dress shops in June with some of my bridesmaids so I haven’t actually gone out and tried anything on yet but I don’t think anything will live up to the idea that I want… ARGH!
I just wondering if it’s too early to be emailing the dressmaker asking for prices and if she can make it?
Post # 3
I think if you want it made, now is the time to do it.
That being said, I went dress shopping yesterday for the first time, determined I would end up with a lace fit and flare. Imagine my devestation when I tried a few on and they were just… not great! I didn’t like the fit and flare and the lace was nothing like I imagined. The consultant pulled a few drop waist, a-line gowns and convinced me to try them on. BAM! Found it! My heart skipped a beat.
I think that before you really say that you want A, B and C from different dresses– try it on, even if it is earlyish. I loved one style on the internet after obsessive reasearch and ended up with a beauty of a dress that is the opposite of what I thought I wanted.
Post # 4
Go to the store and try out dresses first:)
You will not know what really fits you until you try out real dresses. Not to mention in over 1 year, your wedding dress taste can change a lot. I know mine did;)
Post # 5
I don’t think its to early, it depends really now how busy the dress maker is. I am sure they would appreciate the heads up.
I bought my dress through a bridal salon, and its an Ella by Essence of Australia. Ella requries an 8 month lead time, which in my mind is huge, I never knew it would take so long to order a dress that is essentially off the rack. its not like its being made with custom measurements.
So I don’t think it hurts to put out feelers, especially if the dressmaker you want is super popular.
Post # 6
Well you have 16 months… I think you could just spend some more time browsing boutiques, trying on dresses, assess what styles you like best, and if its part of your plan, lose weight.
Searching on the internet is great but I dont think it can compare to actually trying on a dress and seeing how it suits you. I actually ended up ordering a style I would never even have CONSIDERED but I put it on for laughs and was awed by how lovely it looked. And it was soooo much fun being with the Future Mother-In-Law and Future Sister-In-Law, noting what was flattering, what wasn’t, etc.
However, no – it isn’t too early to ask for estimates and find out how long it would take and such. After all, the process might take a few weeks depending on how many seamstresses you ask for estimates and doing comparison shopping.
I say, go ahead and email seamstresses now so you have a rough estimate to work with and compare to but go visit actual boutiques in May-June-July before making up your mind. You will still have 9-10 months to order the dress and even if it takes 6 months for the dress to arrive (yes some dresses take half a year), you have another 2-3 months to have alterations done 🙂
Post # 7
@Firie: holy cow! 8 months? My jaw dropped when I was told 6 months. Thats just woooow~
Post # 8
@shadowz: I know. And thats just to get it in store, so alteration time is on top of that. Yikes huh.
I went shopping 12 months out from my date. All casual thinking I’ve got 12 months, thats AGES to make a decision…..then I had that dropped on me. Suddenly my 12 months didn’t seem so long afterall….
Post # 9
@Firie: Maybe it is an Australia thing as I went looking for dresses at about 10 months before and was told I was “cutting it fine” as a quick turn over was 6 months but they suggest about 8…
I was only looking at styles to see what suited me as I was going the replica route but I was still spun out by how long it was… I wanna know how people with short engagements do it?
Post # 10
So a little update… After I posted this I went on the dressmakers website and she’s brought out some new dresses…. and guess what? she has a design that is pretty much what I want (with a few minor changes)! It must be a sign…
But the problem is she only has enough of the material to make 8-10 more dresses! After that I’ll be able to get that style but not with the fabric or colour I want….
I’ve emailed to talk to her about it and i’ll see what she says but in the mean time I definately will be going to some boutiquies to still look just incase.
Thanks bees 😀