(Closed) Buying wedding dress too soon? NEED ADVICE!

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
13290 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I personally think it’s way too soon for you to buy a dress.  If you do, I recommend not looking at any others to try to prevent any sort of dress regret!

Post # 4
2903 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I don’t think it is to soon IF you DON’T look at ANY OTHER dresses and that you wait to get it altered

Post # 5
3368 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Since you’re over a year and a half out, I definitely think it’s way too soon., Your venue may change,not to mention your tastes. 

I did the same thing last November and couldn’t stop STARING at a Lazaro gown. I even had put down some money on it since it was a sample. Fast forward to this past July and I wound up getting a mermaid style Paloma Blanca. Simple, elegant, gorgeous, and the polar opposite of the Lazaro. It fit our venue better (the beach) AND, it fit me better.

There’s nothing wrong with looking around, but I’d probably wait and start trying on dresses sometime next Summer or Spring.  


Have you tried that dress on yet? I had a few that I thought I would be head over heels for and was positive they were “the one”, but they looked terrible on me and just didn’t give me that feeling. 

Post # 6
456 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I dont believe in second guessing!! When I feel something strong like that, that I feel like I have to do, I just go with it! I think us women have instincts like that for a reason and I think you should listen to your heart. If you LOVE that dresss, then get it and dont look for other dresses once you pick it. Just make sure to try on lots of other types of options before you buy to make sure there is not something else out there. And when you ever feel dress regret, remember you made the best decision for yourself at that moment and thats what counts. and try on that dress whenever you need to so that you can remind yourself how fabulous it is  πŸ˜€

Post # 7
609 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

My wedding was supposed to be the end of this year but got postponed till November next year, so I actually already have my dress. That being said, I haven’t had dress regret probably because I took the advice of some bees on here and never browsed through any more dresses. I still love looking at brides in dresses but the actual shopping – both on the Internet and at stores stopped the moment I ordered my dress. Also, before I visited bridal salons, I had my eyes set on this Sottero and Midgely gown. For months, I was obsessed with it and thought I knew it was “the one”. When I finally tried it on, I hated it. I ended up with a completely different dress. So Pacificgirl is right – you can’t assume a dress is “the one” until you have actually tried it on.

Post # 8
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think it’s too soon.  Your taste could change in a year and a half.  If you still love it in 6 months, you could order it then.

Post # 9
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@MrsTVLover:  this.  Plus, let the shop know that you want to know when the style is being discontinued.

Post # 11
3471 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

Well, my sister bought her dress 9 years and 3 fiances before her wedding– so honestly, I don’t think 18 months is really THAT early. πŸ™‚ 

Another option though– if you do decide to wait, even if the dress is discontinued, I would reccommend talking to a good seamstress, and consider having it custom madefor you– ifI had realized this was as affordable as it is, I definitely would have gone this route. 

Post # 12
2586 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’d say too soon – especially if you don’t have a venue.  There will be SO many dresses coming out this year, if you buy now and then see something else (especially if you frequent these boards), you may end up kicking yourself.  Like a PP said, after you try it on, if you still LOVE it, let the salon know and make sure you get notified if its going to be discontinued.


Post # 13
3368 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@PrincessBride2014:  She’s right! YOu need to try it on, but try a bunch of other styles too hon! πŸ™‚ 

In regards to the question about how long dresses are kept in stock, it depends on how well it sells. My dress is from the 2010 collection, but they had dresses from 2008 collection. As long as it’s popular, they’ll keep it. I wouldn’t worry about it though. πŸ™‚

Post # 14
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@PrincessBride2014:  I say definitely try it on! 

But in my experience, I tried on a dress that I loooooooved over a year ago. After it I couldn’t bear to try on anything else because THAT was the dress. I couldn’t afford it at the time and didn’t want any other dress. 

This year we finally started planning for real. I went back to look at THE DRESS and discovered that it just didn’t look the same to me. It was the same dress, but it had lost its oomph, even though it was gorgeous. I ended finding something that just blew it away, and for half the price. 

So just remember that you may change your mind without realizing it. πŸ˜‰

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