(Closed) When should I start dress shopping?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

I would suggest 12 months in advance… so ..now. But dont panic if you haven’t organised anything… they suggest a min of 9 months out to have enough time for alterations.. so.. by next feb?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

You still have lots of time! Lots of people don’t pick their dress until 6 months before their wedding. I picked mine about a year before my wedding, but it only took like 3 months to come in. Keep in mind that some designers do take up to 6 months for the dress to come in.

I felt the same about picking my dress with my mom there. I had to pick with her before she left for Florida for the winter. Would it be possible for your mom to come soon, so you can at least get an idea of the shape of dress you would like? If you don’t find something, she could always come again in a few months.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@angelinthesnowxo:  now 🙂 esp if you are picky like me!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@angelinthesnowxo:  Would it be possible to compromise? You can start the process on your own and make sure to keep her posted with lots of pictures. That way you can get the initial stuff out of the way like narrowing down your shape/cut preference. You can mentally bookmark the ones you really like, the ones you sort of like but aren’t sure about, the ones she tells you she loves, etc. When she gets to where you are, you can spend your time on real contenders, and she will be there with you when you say yes to the dress.

Alternatively, you can wait for her to do the first round of shopping and get her input in person as you narrow down your choices. If you don’t find the one during her trip, you can still keep her closely involved with pictures and discussions on phone/skype/facetime.

Just some thoughts. Is it most important to pick a dress with her or share a big chunk of the search with her but not necessarily make the choice with her in person?

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have about a year and a half till my wedding and I just bought my dress!

Shop whenever you feel like it!… I don’t think there is a right time, just be sure you give yourself enough time to alter.

I don’t think it’s every “too soon”

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

start now! I started in september for august, and wish I had started earlier

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@angelinthesnowxo:  It’s a common anxiety. Wedding dress shopping can be really scary and stressful. I mean even shows like SYTTD and I Found the Gown don’t hide that aspect. That being said, you’ll find something, and it will be gorgeous. Just be prepared for that fact that you may not have that highly emotional, omg this dress is the ONLY dress I can be happy with kind of moment. I didn’t, and many brides don’t. Instead, just focus on the stuff you would normally do on a regular dress shopping excursion. Does it fit the way I want it to? Am I comfortable? Does it accentuate the great stuff? Does it fit my vision? My venue?

Good luck! Remember you can always post your pictures on here if you have doubts on fit and stuff.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Honestly, if you are indecisive at all or think you will have trouble picking then you should start now by yourself/with friends just to try to narrow things down. And have your mom come out pretty soon because some dresses can take around 8-9 months to come in and I’d still want at least a month for alternations after that. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Artificial-Sweetener:  Agreed!

I’m a 7/2014 bride and I went looking over thanksgiving because my family came in to town. I thought I’d be shunned by the sales people for shopping so early and they all said- no, girl- it’s never too early. I probably won’t purchase until 1yr-9mo out but it’s good to know what looks good on me vs. what makes me look like a frosted cupcake.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’d say about 10 months before your date.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d start looking at the 10-12 month mark. Many of them take anywhere from 6-10 months to be ordered. 

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