Post # 1
I live in DC but the wedding will be in NC, where I’m from. Where should I buy my dress? Should I get the dress in DC so I can make it to fittings, etc, easily? Or should I get it in NC, closer to home and the wedding? What’s the standard for long distance brides?
Post # 3
I suppose it depends on how easy it is for you to travel back and forth. You will need a minimum of two fittings – and maybe more if you need significant alterations. You should probably plan on at least three. My dress was fairly simple in design, but it still took me four total trips to the bridal salon – one to take measurements and order the dress, one for initially fitting when the dress arrived, one more when I changed my mind about what kind of bra I was going to wear with the dress, and one final (two weeks before the wedding, just to make sure that everything had been done correctly). With everything else that was going on, I was really glad that the store was about 15 minutes from my house.
Of course, I assume that you’re going to have to make a couple of trips to NC anyway to arrange various other wedding things? If so, maybe you can juggle things such that you do your fittings when you are down there to take care of other arrangements.
If you buy your dress and have it fitted locally, you will just need to get it to NC. Probably your bridal salon can pack and ship it, and then it will just need steamed or pressed. The idea situation would be to find a salon that has locations in both areas, in which case they could ship it to their NC store, and should take care of pressing it for you.
My Fiance bought his suit at Nordstrom (about 2-1/2 hours from where we live) and by the time we made four trips total to pick it out, have it fitted, and pick it up (they had to ship in a suit in the color he wanted, which added a trip) we 20 hours of driving – and probably $250 worth of gas – added to the 5 hours we probably spent in the store. It’s a gorgeous suit, but honestly for the extra investment in time and money we could have just had one custom made locally.
Post # 4
I’m a long distance bride and I bought mine and got it altered in in Philly (where the wedding will be). I had 3 fittings (well, the 3rd/final is this weekend), all of which took place in Philly. It meant more to me to have my mom and sister able to buy the dress with me in Philly than to have the convenience of doing it where I live, and everything worked out fine.
Post # 5
While not really a long-distance bride, I purchased my dress in the same town I’m getting married in (about 1.5 hours from where I live). It takes a bit of coordination to get the fittings scheduled out, but it will be worth it not to have to worry about shipping the dress. 🙂
Post # 6
I live in DC and I’m getting married in Atlanta. I bought my dress in DC so that I would be local for fittings, because it’s not coming in until fairly close to my wedding, so I want to be able to update my fitting plans as need arises without worrying about last-minute plane tickets. I plan to drive to Atlanta for the wedding and will bring the dress with me then.
Post # 7
I live in Houston and I’m getting married in my hometown in central Pennsylvania. I bought my dress in Houston for a couple of reasons: more selection and easier schedule of fittings. While there’s no ideal situation for me, the salon I purchased the gown from was very helpful and will package it so I can carry it on the plane. I’m getting married at the end of December and my current plan is to have the fittings completed by Thanksgiving, so I can take the gown to PA then. One less thing I have to worry about closer to our day.
My suggestion to you is do what you feel the most comfortable with and provides the least amount of stress. Most salons have seen it all, so if you wanted to get your dress in DC, I’m sure they would be willing to work with you and give you suggestions as to the best possible travel options.