Post # 1
Hey Bees, I have 14 months to go until my wedding, but I’m dying to go try on dresses. Everyone keeps telling me that it’s way too early and that I can afford to hold off on it, but come on. I’m EXCITED!
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the idea. The way I see it, I’ll have plenty of time for alterations, should I need them.
Any advice? Pros and cons of buying a dress this early?
Post # 3
I think 14 months is fine to start looking at dresses. I ordered mine a year before my wedding and got it eight months before. I’m personally relieved to have that part of the wedding out of the way and I still love my dress.
Post # 4
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with trying them on.
Pro’s-you can find style and fit you like
you have plenty of time to pay it off and make alterations
Con’s- you have a couple of seasons coming up w/new styles and dresses that you could like more?
Post # 5
I did! And I would highly highly highly suggest it! It took off all the pressure and let me have fun! You have so much time, so you don’t have to settle. I tried on a ton of dresses but for me that was something I wanted to do. There were a ton of dresses early on in the process that I thought, this could work or I love it, but never had “the moment” I finally knew it was time to buy when I put on my dress and had that “this is it feeling”
I say try on dresses, just because you try on doesn’t mean you have to buy. Besides when else in your life other than when your gettingn married do you get to try on millions of dresses and hear everyone tell you how beautiful you are?!
Post # 6
I don’t think its too early. I just picked out my dress this Saturday and my wedding isn’t for 2 years. I didn’t want to order it this soon, but the dress is being discontinued in 2 weeks. The nice thing about shopping early is you are not rushed…you can go shopping when you are in the mood and not have to worry about finding the one right away. Also, you never know, when your dress arrives, something could be wrong (stains, snags, etc.) and the shop may have to send it back to get it fixed.
Post # 7
i bought the 3rd dress i tried on, and my wedding isn’t for 14 months either. I’m SO happy to have it done!! Its a huge load off my mind! I say go for it.
Post # 8
Personally I wouldnt advice you to actually buy the dress 14 months ahead. Aside from the fact that some styles quickly go out of fashion and new trends become fashionable, but also because prices change and your personal tastes change too. Buyers remorse is more likely to be a problem if you buy the dress to early. I would buy 9-7 months before the date
Post # 9
People should NOT wait until 7 months before to buy their dress! A LOT of designers take about 6 months for their dresses to get in, and I don’t think any bride only wants to have a month (maybe less) to get their dress altered!
Post # 10
I’ve got mine and I’m more than a year out and it feels GREAT to have one more thing down! Go for it 🙂
Post # 11
particularly because you’re having a winter wedding, now is a GREAT time to look for a dress, otherwise you’ll be stuck until next summer when the 2012 fall/winter dresses come out. I’d start now and revel in the luxury of being able to wait until a possible dream dress goes on sale!
Post # 12
I don’t think that’s too early. I bought mine a week shy of a year early. So far I am happy I did this. Hopefully by the time my wedding rolls around I’ll still love my dress and be happy I bought it so early.
Post # 13
I bought mine about 14 months before the wedding because it was one of the few things I could do that early and I was excited! But I don’t recommend it. I think it leaves too much time to doubt your choice. I’d start shopping now, but don’t buy yet. Also, stick to your budget if you have one because trying on dresses you can’t afford can be depressing and lead to overspending!
Post # 14
I’d definitely start trying on dresses now! First of all, it’s just FUN. And since you have so much time, you have the luxury of going lots of places and trying lots of different styles, rather than trying to figure out what your “style” is online and limiting the number of dresses you try on.
But even if you think you find “the one,” I would hold off at least a little bit on ordering it. If it’s really the one, you’ll still want to order it 4 or 5 months from now, and between now and then, you might find it on sale or otherwise be able to get a deal on it.
Post # 15
Try on — yes. Buy — too early. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it many times again, I’m sure: between now and your wedding, your tastes, budget, venue, or body type may change. Browse used dress sites and over and over again you’ll see “I bought this dress then my venue changed and now it’s way too formal” or some variation of that. Go play and have fun and get inspiration and narrow down the types of dresses you like, then in approximately 4 months, go back and buy one.
Post # 16
@bells: you are right, and this is a warning I got from alot of people – that fashions and styles change quickly…but that can be good or bad! What if styles change and the OP doesn’t like them? My dress was off the rack but the last one in my size in Australia – I would have hated if the styles changed radically, and then my options would be to either spend $$$ getting one custom made or settle for something i didn’t like as much.