(Closed) Buy wedding dress in San Francisco, where I live, or in Boston, wedding location

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
649 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’d get it here (Boston).  Not just because I also live here πŸ™‚ but I wouldn’t want to travel with it.  Then you’ll have to get is steamed/pressed when you get it here as I am sure the travel will crush/wrinkle it!

Post # 4
11167 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

I am thinking in San Francisco. How on earth will you get it altered if you puchase it in Boston, fly there for every appointment?

Depending on how big/poofy your dress is it isn’t too difficult to travel with it. My Maid/Matron of Honor flew to Utah on Southwest and they were more than accomodating with space once she explained the situation.

Post # 5
23599 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I am also thinking San Francisco, but not because i live here. πŸ˜›  Do you have an idea of what kind of dress you want?  I think the more complex the dress, the more fittings you will need, and you certainly don’t want to be flying back and forth between here and Boston for those fittings!

Post # 6
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I say San Francisco, you may need multiple alterations appointments and that could be stressful if you don’t live near the alteration place.  I think the airline can make accomodations for you to fly with your dress so it won’t get squished.

Post # 7
1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)

Definitely San Francisco. Most brides need more than one alterations appointment, and alterations take time. Some places (like where I had my gown altered) consider less than one month for alterations a rush order and charge extra to finish the work in time for the wedding. Flying across the country with your gown is much less stressful than the alternatives. My friend did it for her Cailfornia wedding (she bought her dress in NYC), and her dress flew up front in the cockpit. She likes to imagine that the pilot wore her dress while flying the plane. πŸ™‚

Post # 8
1290 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think it would be very hard to transport it from Boston, I would be a wreck! I vote SF too.

Post # 9
228 posts
Helper bee

My husband and I lived in Boston and had our wedding in San Francisco.  I bought my dress in Boston (easier to make trips to try on dresses and do alterations).  We brought the dress as a carry-on on the plane to San Francisco and it was fine — to my surprise, it didn’t even need to be pressed before the wedding day!  (The sterwardesses on the plane were incredibly nice and let us have a whole baggage compartment for the dress!)

The other advantage of Boston (and the only reason I think you should actually consider buying your dress there, in your circumstances) is that the taxes are lower there, and I was lucky and even managed to buy it on the one tax-free weekend we have every year. πŸ™‚

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