(Closed) Dress Location Logistics

posted 10 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
Member
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I am getting married in a different part of the country than I live.  I bought a dress in the city I live in so I could go to all three dress fittings.  The day I fly out, I am going to the dress shop with a roll on carry-on and they are packing the dress for me (I could never squish the beautiful dress into a roll on!).  Then I’m going straight to the airport.  When I get to the hotel at my destination, I will immediately take the dress out and hang it.  The day before the wedding, I am dropping the dress off at the bridal suite at the wedding venue and a woman is coming to press and steam the dress for me ($200 – budget for this), so when I arrive the next day, it is hanging there, beautifully pressed and waiting for me.  How many months until your wedding?  I purchased mine in December and it arrived in June for my August wedding if that helps your timeline.

Post # 4
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12 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I went through the same thing, lived in NYC, wedding in Philly, possible move to Denver in the midst – I and have a few ideas.  I would suggest if you have time to wait until you know if you’re moving or not and then buy the dress in your new city. 

If you don’t have time, I would say find your dress now in NYC.  If you end up staying then it’s much easier to coordinate fittings (and from my experience with my sister’s wedding, even if everything is local you’ll still deal with wrinkly-ness   If you do end up moving after you’ve ordered your dress, you can have the store ship you your gown, or take the unaltered dress with you and find a good seamstress in your new home town and do fittings there. 

At the very least you can wait – and if there isn’t time to get it in your new city there are always sample sales that can help you turn a dress around in a shorter time frame. I’ve found that many stores telling us that we’re running out of time are trying to push a sale.  Hope that gives you some ideas!  Good luck!

Post # 5
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2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

if you are driving from NYC to your wedding, then the dress gets the back seat of the car, and won’t get wrinkly at all if it is packed well.  That is what I did – bought my dress at Saks, married in the Hudson Valley.

you should start looking for dresses now, and then once you know where you will live, you can buy it there.  It would be a pain to buy your dress so far away because you need at least a few fittings….

Post # 6
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73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 1993

I live in South Carolina but am planning a wedding in my home state of Michigan. I actually purchased my dress in North Carolina (only an hour drive from where I live) but my bridal boutique is going to store the dress for me until our drive back home to Michigan in June 2009 (the month of the wedding). I would encourage you to purchase a dress wherever will be most convenient for you to do your fittings. For me, flying back to Michigan 3 times (in between flying home for bridal showers and regular visits) was just not in the budget and would not fit into my schedule! bgcrispin is right – your dress is bound to have some wrinkles no matter where it’s purchased. I also plan to do something similar to enmoore66 and have the dress steamed once it (and I) arrive in Michigan. If I were you, I would wait until you know where/if you’re moving to purchase the dress. I’m also a June 2009 bride and trust me, you have plenty of time to order your dress regardless of what the bridal boutiques are trying to tell you! Plus, if you buy "too early" (like I am thinking I might have…) you might change your mind and regret your purchase. I would wait it out for a few months and see where life is going to take you. Good luck! 

Post # 7
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14 posts
Newbee

I bought my dress in Boston where I live and am driving the 15 hours to Chicago with the dress in the backseat. 

Post # 9
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365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I’m from New Orleans but recently moved to Denver, and we’re getting married in Colorado.  While I was still in NOLA, I did what I expected to be preliminary dress shopping just to see what style of dress I liked, but ended up falling in love with a dress.  Before I moved, I put down my deposit and ordered the dress.  The boutique i bought for does alterations for free, so it would be stupid for me to pay someone in Denver to alter the dress when I’m already getting them free in NOLA.  So I’ll actually be flying back to New Orleans for my fittings.  Lucky for me, fiance works for an airline so I fly free.  My only concern is how I’m getting the dress from there to here. . . enmoore66, I’m loving your idea about getting the dress shop to pack your gown for you – I’ll be making a phone call to see if my shop will do the same for me.  

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