Post # 1
Hi ladies. I need some advice. I went wedding dress shopping at David’s Bridal as a fun “let’s find a style” shopping trip. I had no plans to buy a dress or even find something I was truly interested in. I had picked a whole bunch dresses, but nothing really stuck out to me as “the one” until I tried on the 7th dress.
This dress caused my mom and best friend to tear up and it caused me to cry too. I didn’t even want to take it off. The dress is in my budget, but due to the holidays and my wedding being so far away it doesn’t feel like the right time to buy. I can afford the dress, but my wedding isn’t till August of 2017. Plus, I have only gone dress shopping once.
What would your suggestions or advice be? Should I buy the dress, or do you think David’s Bridal will still have the dress in stock in 6 months (May-ish) when I was actually looking to buy a dress. Any thoughts would be extremely helpful! Thank you! 🙂
This topic was modified 4 years, 8 months ago by lexi07.
Post # 2
At my local dress shop, gowns take nearly 6 months to come in once you place your order. I don’t think having a gown 9 months in advance is weird at all! In fact, it may give you some peace of mind, give you plenty of time for any alterations, and now that you have it it’s easier to start planning for other things to match, like flowers, bridesmaids, shoes etc. If you love it, I say go for it!
Post # 3
I would speak to the David’s consultant about whether the dress is likely to be available closer to your day and go back at the latest possible time to order it. I bought my dress around the same timeframe you are considering and it was one of the worst mistakes I have made in the planning process.
Post # 4
Why don’t you ask – The sales people should know when the ‘season’ for that dress will be up. If you know the size that you need, you can always order it online in a few months. My sister got married in June 2014, so bought her dress August 2013 … and during my last trip to David’s Bridal about 3 weeks ago, the dress was still there…. so we’re going on over 2 years now that they have stocked it. I don’t think their styles turnover all that frequently, but I could be wrong.
Post # 5
Id wait. You dont want dress regret.
Post # 7
I got one a year and a half in advance. BUT I regretted it and went to more bridal salons and bought another that I am in LOVE with! So I would wait and use the extra time to shop around so you feel confident in your dress decision!
Post # 8
I asked the consultant when I tried it on and explained my situation about the wedding being so far away, but she would not tell me any information. She said they never knew when a dress would be discontinued. However, from looking at reviews this dress has been available for a year & a half.
Post # 9
Wait. I loved the first few dresses I tried on and wanted to buy them so badly. I’m glad I didn’t because I totally changed my mind about what I wanted!
Post # 10
I suspect consultants know more than they let on about how long dresses will be available. Or don’t want to assure you it will be there on the chance it won’t be and you’re disappointed. Unless a dress is a one off I am fairly sure it, or something very like it, will be around down the track. Don’t let FOMO rush you into buying a dress. When I went shopping again a year after putting a deposit on my dress regret dress the same dresses were in boutiques AND beautiful new lines as well.
Post # 10
You are almost 2 years out. I would definitely wait.
Post # 12
It depends on you as a person…lots of ladies on these boards buy early and get dress regret.
I went shopping early as well just to get a feel for what I would like. I fell in love with a dress and found it at 2/3 retail, brand new online from a bridal store selling extra stock, so I bought it 3 months ago, when I was about 19 months away from my wedding. I knew it was the dress, my mom knew it was the dress, nothing compared. We still went to a few other shops to try on other dresses, but I was comparing every other dress to that one.
Three months in (which to be fair isn’t very long), I have no dress regret, and often look at pictures of it 🙂
If I were you, I’d definitely still shop around a bit. But if you KNOW its the one and then it gets discontinued, and you can’t find another to compare…that wouldn’t be fun. But if you are the type to second guess yourself often I’d def wait.
Edited to say that it would also depend if you are a person that fluctuates a lot in weight…if you’ve fluctuated by more than 20-30 lbs over a year or so, you could potentially save money by waiting closer to the day to get the most accurate size and save on alterations.
Post # 13
- Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull
I would get it! My mum went and paid the money on Saturday to order my dress for April 2017. I don’t know what it’s like at David’s Bridal, but the Wedding Dress shop we went to isn’t massive so I knew they wouldn’t have a dress from the Fall 15 collection next year so we went for it.
It’ll take a good 6 months to come in and then you have it with no stressing out nearer the day 🙂
You need to REALLY love it though.
Post # 14
I first tried on my dress Jan 2014. I didn’t buy it till Aug 2014 and the wedding was Sept 2015
Post # 15
Thank you ladies for all your help! 🙂
I have decided to wait until the new year to purchase the gown. I want to do some shopping, so I don’t experience dress regret. All of your comments really helped me make my decision! Thanks again!