(Closed) Too early to dress shop? When would you start to look?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
  • poll: When would you start dress shopping?
    Now : (15 votes)
    16 %
    1 year from wedding : (76 votes)
    80 %
    6 months from wedding : (3 votes)
    3 %
    Other : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    221 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Congrats! I voted 1 year, but you should only start looking now, or a year from now (sorry, I just saw Sept now), and you should aim to purchase about 9 months before the wedding (ask in bridal shops, because the designers need a certain amount of time to make your dress, and they can vary greatly). I’m getting married mid-May, and I’m only buying my dress now, I’m getting it custom made, and I’m still losing weight, so I waited until the last minute.

     

    Good luck, and keep us updated (with pictures please!!)

    Post # 4
    Member
    221 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Sorry, I should have said – it doesn’t matter what size you are, you will look and feel beautiful on your big day. x

    Post # 5
    Member
    2587 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

    @Liverpoolbride:  Congratulations!

    I’ve started looking already for dresses, but that’s because I don’t want to feel rushed into the decision, and I’ve got a really specific idea of what I want, but finding it will be difficult!

    I would say it’s never too early, it gives you time to try on different styles, and to really think about the one you want for you, so you’re less likely to have dress regret! Just don’t rush into it – make the most of the time to find the perfect dress for you!

    Post # 6
    Member
    277 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    I think a year would be perfect timing.

    Post # 7
    Hostess
    23639 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @Liverpoolbride:  I think you’re in a good time frame to start brainstorming, and purchasing the dress around 9-12 months prior would be best!

    Post # 8
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    415 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I also voted for 1 year but I sorta went against my own vote haha!  

    I went last month and my wedding is May 2014.  I wanted to start crossing things off of my list so I can avoid as much stress as possible.  I think its never too early to get ideas.

    I think 1 year is safe so you have time to look around but also so you can get your dress in time for alterations etc. as well as see some of the newer styles that are coming around.

    And I agree, post pictures!! 🙂

    Post # 9
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    1060 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @Liverpoolbride: I vote for a year. That will give you some time to get ideas for what you want and start trying on different shapes to see what works for you without the pressure of time crunch. I would worry that purchasing too far in advance (like now) would increase the chance of dress regret??.

    I definitely wouldn’t leave it until 6 months before because that would be cutting it very close depending on the designer that you want. I purchased my dress 1 year out. It took 7 months to come in, and when it did they had majorly messed up the size of the bodice and it had to be sent back to the designer to be re-made. That took another 6 weeks, then I had my first fitting where it was tweeked and finally had my final fitting this past weekend.

     

    Post # 10
    Hostess
    8580 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I voted 1 year.

    I’m in the same boat as you! 2014 wedding. I’ve been looking at dresses, and found many that I liked, but I won’t make a purchase until the 1 yearish mark [which is the same time we’ll be sending out save the dates for everyone who’s 2,000 miles away! for everyone else closer, save the dates will be sent about 7 months in advance].

    Post # 11
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    705 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I started looking early (plus size bride as well) but mostly so taht i could get a feel for dresses that fit my body type well and that i was comfortable in. I didnt start SERIOUSLY looking until about a year before the date, and just purchased a dress like 2 weeks ago. You will find a dress, plus sized or not!

    Post # 12
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    3372 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I voted for a year before your wedding, but then again mine isn’t until March 2014 and I’ve pretty much settled on both my ceremony and reception dresses!

    Post # 13
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    6207 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    A year is good timing. You have more than 6 months to lose some weight (which will affect your dress choice) and still will have enough time to really look at what’s out there and order in time for your wedding. 

    For my wedding in August, I started to look with about 11 months to go, and ordered at 8 months before my wedding. I thought it was good timing because I had the chance to visit a lot of different stores, but didn’t have so much time that I confused myself and changed my mind a bunch of times

    Post # 14
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    766 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @Liverpoolbride:  got mine 1 year 9 months in advance..now 10 months to go..I think you should! its fun!

    Post # 15
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    766 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @peonyinparis:  really?!!! what have you decided? hve pix? did you deposit already?

    Post # 16
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    3372 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @ifheaven:  It’s all a bit terrifying, this whole dress-decision thing – especially considering I am fickle at the best of times when it comes to my wardrobe! But basically I keep going back to the VW Georgina. I flirted with the idea of a ballgown (too heavy and formal for Bali), a couple of gorgeous preowned Pronovias/Elie Saabs (too princess bride – if I was in my early 20s, definitely) and then the Monique Lhuillier Bouquet (my mother would kill me for the scandalous split up the front). 

    So basically, I’m back at Georgina. And given I am looking to buy preowned, I’m aware there’s only a finite number of dresses in a suitable size/condition that will become available between now, and my wedding. One bee actually responded to my original Georgina post, offering to sell her daughter’s dress! And a couple more have popped up since. So I am hoping to reach a happy deal with one of these ladies. 

    BUT…I have, like, pre-dress-regret regret. I’m really scared I’ll end up feeling foolish for buying a dress a year out from the wedding. We haven’t even booked our VENUE yet, because we’re in the middle of finalising new jobs and relocation packages and basically won’t settle down in another country until May this year.

    As for my reception dress – I’m kind of in love with this Angel Sanchez. Too formal for a reception dress? Should I go for something more, I don’t know, blinged out and fun? I will probably change into a Chinese qipao (or a custom evening gown with Chinese silk embroidery) at some stage during the night. Gives me a headache just thinking about all those outfit changes. 

    How is your dress drama going?

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