Post # 1
I have a year before my wedding, but I’m already getting antsy to try on my dress! When did everyone try on their dress- 6 months before the wedding? 4? Or heaven forbid- 2?!
As a side item, did anyone wait to lose weight before trying on the dress, or did you try on the dress, then frantically try and lose weight to look fantastic in it? Or be a realistic woman and just find a dress that fits now? 🙂
Post # 3
Do you mean "final fitting" or "dress shopping"?
If the former I think you want to do it a week or so before so you get the best fit. I think you’ll also have an initial fitting a month or two before in case there’s major work (don’t entirely know since I’m having it custom-made).
If the latter, then you at least want 6mos out b/c that’s about how long most designers require for ordering. Unless you plan to lose so much weight (>40-50lbs depending on height I think) you would have a drastically differnt body type, i don’t htink it matters how much before that. The samples will likely not fit regardless, so you’re really just looking for things like which color and silhouette flatter you…the alterations are what will make it fit like a glove. I think it’s a good idea to order the size that fits you when you go shopping, b/c you’ll need alterations no matter what and you can always have it taken in more if you lose weight. There is a dress that will look amazing on you at any weight, so I personally wouldn’t stress about that too much…
Post # 4
For the early stages of dress shopping, you probably want to go 6-9 months out. I wouldn’t go much earlier than 9, and you probably need to buy the dress before you hit the 4 moth mark. If you’re trying to loose weight for a variety of reasons, I would say start working on it now, and start shopping in a few months. Once you buy the dress, you won’t want to gain or loose too much weight. (If nothing else, I don’t want to be told I HAVE to drop another 5 pounds in x weeks, and it’ll save you on your alterations if you <span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-style: italic”>almost fit.)
Post # 5
I just found out mine came in today! YAY!! It was ordered back in August- my wedding isnt until July. Each time I have been back to the salon for a veil, the bridesmaids dresses, etc, I try on the sample of my dress. Mine was ordered a size larger than the sample, so, I know I am in good shape.
Post # 6
I got engaged in June 2008 and started trying on dresses with enthusiasm in July. I wouldn’t recommend starting as early as I did, because I didn’t have a complete view of what our wedding would be at that point, and it led to more confusion than anything else. I finally had everything for our January 2010 wedding (style, feel, location, formality) sorted out by September, and I found my gown then.
I’d say it’s not about how many months you have (until, of course, you’re down to the wire), but rather where you are in your planning process. You don’t want to go shopping, find an amazing, superformal gown, then realize you really want to have a casual picnic wedding. Know the general idea of your wedding first, then find a dress you love that fits into that theme.
Post # 7
Thanks everyone! I think I’ve decided to start shopping in August. Since I’m moving to Orlando in June, I won’t be back in Houston until August when I graduate, so I’ll spend a weekend shopping with my mom and sisters- it’ll be a fun bonding experience. Even if I don’t find it then, I’ll definitely find it once I return to Orlando. I have an idea of the "style" of wedding I want- outdoors, afternoon in March, pretty casual. So no superformal dresses or 54 foot long trains for me. 🙂
Post # 8
I got engaged in May 2008 and our wedding is June 2009. I started trying on dresses and ordered mine in November. I really wanted to earlier, but I know I would have changed my mind if I bought it any earlier!