(Closed) Help! No time for a dress??

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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418 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I ordered my dress the end of July and it just came in a week ago. We started looking in July for my early January wedding. So you should be ok. Just make sure they know and understand your time frame. I found the dress I loved and then asked if I could get it in time. I was going to be SO sad if I wouldn’t have been able to receive it in time. Just be up front with them and make sure they show you dresses you’ll be able to order and receive.

Actually. Now that I think about it. If I would have waited longer they would have had to put a rush on it. So it may still be possible but cost you a bit more too.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

First off, what places are making you wait two months for an appointment!? Half the places I’ve been to are walk in, so you can try on dresses that day, and the other half I could get an appointment within days. I see you’re in Atlanta, maybe it’s a big city thing? Could you drive outside the city and find another place to go? I’ve driven 3 hours to try on dresses.

Secondly, most dresses will give the option to put a rush order in for a dress, and you’ll get it much quicker than normal. I think the average fee is $150, which is a lot, but if it’s in your budget that’s another option. Some designers ship pretty quickly anyway though, so you’d have to ask the store how long specific designers take to ship. Maggie Sottero is notorious for long shipping times.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Where are you trying on dresses that you can’t get in until January? I have tried on far too many dresses by now (11 salons) and have made appointments within a week or just shown up. This includes little boutiques all the way up to mega-salons like Bridals by Lori (Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta Store).

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Miss Sarah Belle:Call again later. Appointments should not be that hard to come by! Be flexible and possibly willing to take a day off work?

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Miss Sarah Belle: I will say this, the more people you have giving opinions, the harder this will be. Many brides feel pressured into getting a dress that everyone else likes, even if they aren’t sure themselves, causing dress regret. It happens to A LOT of brides on the Bee. Can you go dress shopping alone or with one person now, and if you find the one you want, order it and then when your family is available, go back and just show it to them? I don’t care who is paying for my dress (my mom did), I would never give up the dress I want because someone else didn’t like it, it’s personal taste anyway.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Keep calling and get on the stores’ waiting lists – there are often cancellations a couple days beforehand.  That’s what happened to me – I live in NYC and people plan way ahead and book these things months in advance, so when I called, I couldn’t get any appointments for a month.  But I got on the waiting list at all of the places, and 2 days before I wanted to go, I got a call from all but one of the bridal shops.  I completely had my pick of where I wanted to go.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Miss Sarah Belle: Hmm…pretty cool that you’re able to make appointments for *that* salon.  Have you thought about going into some smaller salons in the meantime, to start trying stuff on and figuring out what’s going to work for you? That could help with the process.

Post # 12
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609 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I showed up at opening on a Sunday at said famous salon-without an appointment. They squeeze you in.

Post # 13
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5296 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

What happens if you go to *that* salon, and you don’t find what you like? Now you’d be back at square one. Can you at least go to other salons and try on similar dresses? Get a feel for if you really like that style of dress on you?

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I would agree, that if you can, go some other places between now and then so it isn’t a total shot in the dark when you get there. There may be something you adore in the pictures but when you try it on you just don’t like it on you so it might be a good plan to have SOME idea of what different styles of dresses look like on you. You may be in love with a ball gown but in it feel like a cupcake, or be convinced you will wear a mermaid dress and feel like a stuffed sauasage when you actually get one on. Because truth is, if you go try stuff on in January it will only be 5 months, and depending on designer, it may take that long to get. And if you don’t find something you like the very first time that puts it even later. 

Post # 15
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627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Don’t wait until then to try on dresses, you will feel pressured to buy a dress on the day because of the tight time frame and it might be a recipe for dress regret.

Post # 16
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4676 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would defenatly go to a couple other stores between then and now.  I went to 6 different stores before choosing on a dress.  The dress I bought on was at the second store I went to.  Also the dresses you see online and in mags that you like you wouldn’t nessesarily like on YOU.  (I was looking for something very untraditional, tee-length and I came from my shopping experience with a lace a-line full length dress….) 

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