Post # 1
Im getting married April 18th, 2021 in New Jersey. I currently live in Tucson, Arizona. We are having our wedding on the east coast since thats where we are from and is where majority of our family and friends live that will be coming to our wedding.
I know its a bit early but I’ve been going back and forth on whether I should go wedding dress shopping here in Tucson or on the east coast where my family is. One of my bridesmaids lives in Tucson, the other four are on the east coast. My dream dress is becoming available this fall at a local bridal salon. I know it would be easier for me with all the alterations and dress fitting appointments to do it here. However I would feel guilty not having my family be a part of this special day. Would it be difficult to wedding dress shop in New Jersey? Or should I just go dress shopping where is easier for me?
Post # 2
I’d do it where you live. Sooo much easier. Especially for fittings and everything. It might actually be nicer just having your one bridesmaid there with you instead of a bunch of people with a bunch of opinions.
Post # 3
In your case I’d be torn. If you are getting married on the east coast, buying it in Arizona means you’ll need to figure out transportation and likely having your dress steamed when you arrive for the wedding. That seems like an unnecessary hassle. If you can afford to fly back to NJ for at least a few fittings or can incorporate fittings into other trips, I’d consider doing it there. In my case, I flew home and went wedding dress shopping with my family but then actually purchased the dress I found near me. But, I was driving to my wedding so I didn’t have to deal with taking my dress on a plane.
Post # 4
Buy it where you live. Fly your mom in to go dress shopping.
I got married across the country. I had 4 fittings. It would have been a nightmare (and so costly) if I had bought my dress in the city where I got married.
Pack the dress in a hard cover carry one to transport it, and have it steamed in NJ. Do not put it in a garment bag. It can get stained or ripped, even in the closet or overhead. And God forbid they make you gate check it, which can happen.
Post # 5
I live in the Bay Area but I’m getting married in Southern California and originally from Ohio. I bought my dress in Ohio so my mom could go with me and have to go back to Ohio to get it fitted. In hindsight, I wish I would have just gone with my mom while she was here in a California on a visit, buying where I live. It’s easy for me to travel home, but still.
Post # 6
Find if any places in NJ have the dress you want to try on and go try it on with your family and friends. Get their input. Then go to the local shop with your Tuscon bridemaid (if she wants to go) to try it on again and buy the dress.
Post # 7
I did both, in a sense. I went to where my family was to try on gows initially, so they could be included, but now I’m going shopping where I live to actually purchase. But, I’ll be getting married where I currently live, if that makes a difference. No matter where you try them on, I would purchase where you live because of all the alterations.
Post # 8
I don’t know why your fittings would have to be at the store? I used a seamstress recommended by the shop but she worked out of her house (same for my mom who bought her MOB dress from a different, more prominent salon)