should i go try on gowns? when did you go?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Should I start looking in the next few months knowing that my situation is complicated?
    Yes, there's no harm in getting an idea and it will speed up the process : (52 votes)
    90 %
    No, you should have a clearer idea before you go : (6 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @peonyinlove:  Congrats first of all, and it’s not too early to try stuff on! It’s a good idea to see what styles you like and what flatters your body shape. You could be gung-ho for a mermaid dress, and end up falling in love with a ballgown instead.  🙂

    Post # 4
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    128 posts
    Blushing bee

    I am getting married this July but bought my dress January of last year.  Go and shop and love every moment of it!  I found the perfect dress and thankfully I had enough time to absorb that cost becuase it was a bit on the pricier side but gave me enough time till we needed to start paying for wedding costs.  I also started alterations on the earlier side, November and looks like I have my final fitting next month.  Definitely give enough time for alterations too!

    Post # 5
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    176 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I don’t think it’s too early at all! I’m going this Tuesday for the first time and we’re getting married July 25, 2015. Honestly I’m just proud I waited this long (we’ve been engaged since September)! Have fun!!

    Post # 6
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    303 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @peonyinlove:  definitely start trying things on now, even though you will buy in Canada. It took me several months to find a dress I loved – the ones I loved in pics I hated on my body. It’s possible some of the places you shop overseas will carry brands that you can get in Canada…maybe find your dress there and then locate a shop near or in your hometown that can order it for you before you’re home. (if you find one you absolutely adore!)

    Post # 8
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    1613 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I would definitely just go and try stuff on to get an idea of what style you want. I went dress shopping about a year before my wedding to a bridal shop that was closing – I just wanted to browse and try things on to see what I liked and ended up buying my dress that day off the rack! I think 11 months is fine to get a dress, and at least if you go shopping now you’ll probably know exactly what you want in a dress when you start shopping in Canada.

    Post # 9
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    47 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    i got my dress before we even set a date! and i ended up taking it home with me 1 year and half before our wedding, and have no regrets. the salons will tell you general guidelines of when they recommend shopping, but you can go whenever works for you 🙂

    Post # 11
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    491 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @peonyinlove:  I bought my dress in July, it just arrived now and I’m getting married in May.  So bought 10 months ahead and arrived in 6 months with 4 to go?  The bridal salon recommended that I do my alterations early in May so I won’t change size by game time.  

    Before I went dress shopping for real with my mom and sisters, I went out once my own to narrow down which styles were flattering. Basically by the end of that appointment I knew I liked drop waist/fit & flare/trumpets but not full mermaids, I knew I wanted ruching and some kind of embellishment but was back and forth on lace or bling. Then I bought my dress in the first store that I went to when I went shopping with my family! Mom cried, it was an easy choice, haha. It was definitely easier to shop with purpose when I had styles in mind already rather than getting confused by “but the ballgown is pretty…and so is the mermaid…and that sheath with the keyhole back was so cool…waaaah I don’t even know what I want!!”

    Dress shopping has been my fav part of wedding planning so far – so much fun! 

    Post # 13
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    317 posts
    Helper bee

    go and have fun! and i wouldn’t worry too much about shopping without intention to buy–i think it’s part of the business that many customers at a salon don’t end up buying there.

    Post # 15
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    1722 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    You should definitely go! I don’t think there is anything wrong with going early to get an idea of what you like / dislike, etc. I also think you should feel comfortable trying on any dress you want, regardless of whether you intend to buy it. That’s what they are there for, right? 

    I hope you share pics!

    Post # 16
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    725 posts
    Busy bee

    I’m getting married June 5, 2015 and I already tried on dresses once (back in July). I’m really glad I did because there are soo many styles of gowns and so much to choose from. I definitely need a few trips to bridal salons to narrow down exactly what I want. Plus, it’s fun :]

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