(Closed) Any tips on the fastest way to get a wedding dress?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Try bridalexpressions.com. They are selling their sample dresses, many different sizes, half off and will arrive in a week. You could also try etsy or davids bridal

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

8 months seems like it might be a bit of an overstatement to get you to buy sooner…I’d try asking at another store. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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jolie2:  they are just trying to make you panic so they make a quick sale.  You can get one to order and alter in 6 months.  I did it in 5 months with a designer who the store initially said needs 8 months lead time… It’s BS. find a gown you love and if you have 6+ months, I bet they can find a way to order it.

What size are you? If you’re between a 2-10, you could find a store with samples and buy off the rack and alter.  I considered doing that but alterations would be easy because I’m pretty close to bridal sample sizes.  You could try pre-owned sites but those make me nervous.  

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Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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jolie2:  If you’re okay with buying a preowned dress, I’d suggest finding one that you like in the store and searching for it online.  I did this and bought my dress within a couple weeks of trying it on.  And saved lots of money 🙂

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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jolie2:  I went through Tradesy.  The seller actually changed her mind about the Mori Lee dress before her wedding so the dress was in PERFECT condition.  I can’t say enough great things about the transaction.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

If you’re thinking of buying off the rack, designer fashion websites like net-a-porter or shopbop have bridal dresses available. Last time I checked, shopbop has Marchesa, Reem Acra, Badgley Mischka and other contemporary designer bridal dresses. Meanwhile, net-a-porter carries Lanvin, Temperley London, Valentino and other high fashion designers. I’ve been checking out some of their dresses because of the after Christmas sales 🙂 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I bought mine at David’s off the rack and on sale.  The only alteration needed was a simple hem and I did that at a tailor.

You could also search for a bridal expo that sells dresses.  A friend of mine got her dress at a charity event like that. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

Tradesy and Ebay are great places to get a designer dress! You can even find new, unworn ones that people changed their minds on, or samples in perfect condition – I almost bought one that was never even tried on, just displayed on a mannequin. You’ll get it much faster and pay much less than ordering through a bridal shop. If you aren’t sure how a given designer’s sizing runs, you can try some similar styles – sometimes even the exact style – by the same designer in a local shop before buying that dress online.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Just sayin- Have you been measured? Bridal dress sizes run different than street sizes. I am a size 4 as well but my dress was an 8. If you can’t try the dress on before purchase atleast get measureed so you know you are purchasing the right size dress

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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letsdothis2016:  I second this!  I went to a bridal store, tried on dresses and found my PERFECT dress.  It was $785 tho, which is NOT in my budget!  So I wrote down the style and designer and got a preowned one for $410 (shipping included)!  Super happy!  And it only took like 4 days for me to get the dress.  Of course, it’ll need a few alterations but that’s a LOT faster than ordering from a shop.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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jolie2:  Did you try any dresses on today?

I agree with PP, street size 4 is a bridal 6-10 depending on the designer/dress. Not hard to find at all.

Unless you were going to a couture/top name designer, 8+ months is excessive. Is your budget $10k or higher? If NO, you have plenty of time.

I tried on, purchased, and walk out with my dress in hand.

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