Post # 1
I was just wondering how long before your wedding is the ‘norm’ to go shopping for your dress?
My big day is 20 months away – 20 months!!!! I started browsing today, making some enquiries about a ‘recently released’ dress – althought simply gorgeous, started wondering that i’d be paying for soemthing that will actually be 20 months old by then…& i may be able to get it second hand by the time my wedding comes around.
OR / AND by next year there will be new, newer releases! And of course what i want might change.
1 year in advance to start searching? More? Less??
Post # 3
I looked 11 months ahead. The consultant told me that she wanted brides in 9-11 months before the wedding….any shorter and your options are limited by how quickly the designer’s folks get it made, and too much longer and you run a higher risk of changing your mind and getting dress-regret.
I don’t think there’s a firm answer for this though, but I have a few suggestions. Wait until you have a date set–that way you’ll know whether or not a material will be comfortable for the winter wedding or too hot for a summer outdoor wedding. Wait until you have a venue set or mostly set–a beach wedding vs a barn wedding vs a church wedding vs a hotel wedding may all inspire a different look for you, plus houses-of-worship may require covered shoulders, and for outdoor weddings you need to take weather and elements into consideration.
Post # 4
I would say start looking about 10 months in advance. Order anywhere between 6-10 months before.
Post # 5
I went 7 months before and I was only given a limited number of designers I could order from or else buy off the rack, so it depends on designers. My consultant told me ideally she wants women to order their dresses 9-11 months in advance since most companies take 7-9 months for their dresses to come in, and then they need 2 months in case of alterations. So to be safe rather than sorry, I would say to start shopping a year in advance and make sure you order something before the 9 month mark.
Post # 6
i started looking just for fun about 13 months before. i did serious shopping and ordered my dress about 9-10 months before.
Post # 7
I started preparing the wedding in October 2011. My first search for the dress was in November, 7 meses before! I found THE one in January 3rd, 5 stores and 30 dresses after! 🙂
Post # 8
I bought my dress 2 days after I got engaged in September 2009 and didn’t wear it until October 2010. 🙂 I have and had no dress regrets. 🙂
Post # 9
I get married in Sept 2013 and have just signed the agreement with my Designer for the dress!!! They are a Couture Designer so the more notice the better as they make each one by hand and so can only make so many each year. I won’t actually see or try it on until 2 days before the wedding when I fly in to pick it up!!! CRAZY…
I think it all depends on you and if you pick a dress now would you still Love it later… or would you be the type of person that would keep looking and end up with possible dress regret when you see another dree you would love more!
Post # 10
I went shopping in May and bought a dress. In November I went back because my dress was so huge on me (I lost a lot of weight) and the seamstress advised me against taking it in, so I bought my actual wedding dress! 🙂
Post # 11
Right after I booked my venue (9 months from the date).
Post # 12
We are having a short engagement ( 6 months and no I’m not pregnant…we’ve been together for 5 1/2 years and just decided we couldn’t wait a year) so I had to be on the ball. I ended up finding her on my first visit after trying on several dresses. But I bought it 6 months from my wedding.
Post # 13
My dress shop said it took 6 months to order the dress, and you need 2 months for alterations. So I would start looking at least by 10 months, it may take you time to find the one! It took me 5 shopping trips.
Post # 14
Also if there is a designer or two that you like, you have time to see when they are having trunk shows in your area and you can usually get a trunk show discount if you fall in love.
Post # 15
I started looking online about 14 months ahead and shopped 12 months ahead when my family was able to come visit. I bought 11 months ahead of time.
Post # 16
I would say if you didn’t start before 8-10 months, then 8-10 months out would be the time. Of course I got engaged October 18 and was married February 14 so I got it in 4 months.