(Closed) When to shop for a dress?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I’m also a July 2010 Bride! I think it really depends on how you are with decisions.  I went for the first time 2 weeks ago – I figured I’d have time to look around and see what was out there.  I fell in love with a dress ๐Ÿ™‚  HOWEVER – I didn’t buy it yet since I still have time to think about it, and make sure it really is “the one”.   Shopping early alleviates alot of the pressure. You can take your time and really make the best decision. 

Good Luck! 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

 I am trying to lose weight too. I just saw a post about Mrs. Bee’s timeline and she bought her dress in mid september and it wasn’t recieved till December so I was a little freaked out by that. Amped up my work out session yesterday! :S I guess I don’t fully understand the need for multiple fittings (I get 1 and then to make sure the alterations worked just not sure how many are normal) Also not sure how long alterations take. I guess you have to keep in mind also if you will want to buy then and there off the rack or if it will need special ordered and take time to make/ship/etc. There may be way more that I don’t even know about yet. Let me know how things are going!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Some dresses can take 3-4 months to be shipped if you have it ordered.  And then you also need to allow time for alterations.  I would say, though, if you’re trying to lose weight not to purchase a dress until you’re closer to the size you want to be.  If you purchase a dress and then lose lots of weight, having it altered down too much can cause the dress to lose its shape.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

my wedding is next may and they want me to order by the end of august, so that is about 9 months away. i think since you’re wedding is in july they will want you to order in october. i doesn’t hurt to shop in advance to get an idea of what styles look best on you, and if you’re lucky you might find it and wait a bit to order. it really depends i think on how picky you are (i am very!) and how much weight you plan to lose. your shop will advise you on when the latest they reccomend you order would be, and it’s much easier to take the dress down a size or two, than to let it out, so you should be good:)

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

It all depends on what type of dress and how difficult it is to make. I just went dress shopping on the weekend and I’m getting married on June 26,2010 and the derss I believe is MY dress will take 6-8 months to arrive then I have to allow for time for alterations, so now is a good time for me to order so I’m not in a rush at the end. good luck!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

It really depends on how long your dress will take to come in, or how long to make…I am getting married Aug.1.2010, and put my dress on “lay away” last week…It just felt like the right dress and had everything I would and could want.  The style is from 2007, so I run the risk of it being discontinued, however; since it is on lay away, the shop will notify me asap if this happens so I can get it ordered.  But, I am losing some weight right now and don’t plan on actually having the dress ordered until January when I can go in and get sized etc.  It only takes 5 months to come in.

I was excited to dress shop, I wanted to see what was out there for me…and after a couple of months of looking around I found the right one ๐Ÿ™‚  Don’t put pressure on yourself to buy one when you know you have until November to make a purchase, just have fun and explore your options! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 1010

@Miss Blondie, I’m getting married June 26, 2010 too!! Smile

 

I just started dress shopping two weeks ago, and the experience has been great. Shopping this early has definity given me a much better idea of what I want and what looks good on me. It also helped me to get a realistic idea of how much money I will need to spend on the dress and alterations. I think that I’ve found THE DRESS but I feel like I have the luxery of waiting a little while before I buy it so that I can make sure it’s the right one. I want to be able to take my time thinking about wether or not I’m making the right choice before I buy anything. I hate feeling pressured so shopping early was the thing for me, this way I’ll feel confident in my decision and I won’t have the stress of wondering if the dress will be ready (i.e. with all the necesarry alterations) in time for the big day. 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i’m going on sunday for my may 2011 wedding, is that too early? lol. i am just very excited and i love so many different style i think i need to narrow it down a bit!!

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@ Bunny83 – exciting!!! That’s funny you are in Chicago, I’m heading there this weekend as my cousins live just outside of Chicago. I can’t wait for June 26th. Now seeing the dress I want is just making the wait for the wedding day much harder, somethign I wasn’t prepared for.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Honestly, I would definitely start at least looking now. I’m usually a pretty good decision maker, but when it came to wedding dresses, I was completely overwhelmed, and ended up liking styles I never would have even tried on unless my bridesmaid convinced me to.

Just start making appointments at different stores and try on anything and everything. Figure out what you like, and what you don’t like, and what will flatter you the most. After  you’ve lost some weight, go back and try on the styles you liked the best, and take it from there.

Just remember that if you plan on ordering from a bridal salon, most will need 4-6 months just to order the dress. Then you’ll want at least a month for alterations. So you can most definitely wait until October, but I would start looking now so that come autumn, you at least have an idea of what you’re looking for and won’t feel so pressured.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@miss blonde & bunny i am also 6/26/2010! :0)

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Im getting married Dec 28,2009 and bought my dress at the beginning of July.  Usually it takes up to 3 months to get the dress and then alterations etc.  I suggest that you look around and if you see a dress that you LOVE then you buy it no matter how much in advance it is.  What I did was I bought a dress that was too big for me, and the alterations lady is going to take it in enough to fit my body perfectly.  Im waiting to get it altered in the middle of October so that ill be some what at the weight i want to be at for the wedding.

My mom bought her dress at the beginning of july and only gets in in November! 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Our wedding is June 4th of next year- I alreadu purchased a dress but, now I’ve seen one I like a little more so I’m selling this one. I was told at the store that has the one I like more that it takes six to eight months for the dress to come in but, the girl did say that it has been taking more like eight months recently then I have to allow a couple of months for alterations so this would take me up to our wedding date.

I’m not at the weight I want to eb at either but, I’m not worried about that, thats what alterations are for. ๐Ÿ™‚ You could always order it in a size smaller and use that for motivation to loose weight but, I really advise against this if you are unsure if you will loose the weight.

 

Best wishes.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - The Pierre Hotel

I’m getting married end of May 2010 and just picked out my dress this past Saturday (woohoo!).  The store where I bought the dress will receive it 2 months before the wedding date, at which point I will go in for alterations.  I’ve heard recommendations of anywhere between 6-9 months before your wedding date to purchase your dress, and I figured I was 10 months – why not?  I do plan to lose weight before the wedding, but I don’t think it will be super drastic.

I *did* do a lot of pre-dress dress shopping – I went to 4 different stores to try on dresses to get an idea of what I liked – since I had no idea what would look good on me! I’d definitely suggest this – plus it’s super fun!

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