Post # 1
This is me, being my crazy self.
My wedding date is set for July 14…2012. I am DYING to go dress shopping. I do have the venue and the date set, and my calm-cool-collected self wants to sit back and relax a few months, but my crazy-excited self is dying to get into those salons!
My good friend suggested that I wait until at least summer to begin to actually try stuff on, which I think makes perfect sense as I have a July wedding and would do well to know what each dress feels like in this sort of weather, but part of me wants to get going!
I am wondering, have any of you had moderately long engagements who bought their dress early? Should I cool my jets and sit back until summer? What do you gals think?
Post # 3
@micahg: I think you should wait at least a month or so before trying on, but you don’t need to wait too much longer than that. Some salons want you to allow 6-9 months for a dress to come in and be altered. So looking about 1 year in advance isn’t so bad.
I started looking in October for my September wedding and I felt a bit rushed by some salons even though I was allowing 11 months.
Post # 4
i dont think it is too early! remember, dresses can take 6-9 months to come in, so while i may not buy anything just yet, you can definitely try some on and figure out what styles you like.
Post # 5
I got engaged August 2010, and bought my dress in October. My wedding isn’t until March 2012. I went pretty early, but I fell in love and yet to have any dress regret 🙂
Post # 6
@micahg: I’m waiting til the summer, but I know there are a TON of 2012 brides here that have gone shopping already and/or have purchased their dresses.
For me, I will be one of those girls who will buy my dress and then 2 months later find something “better”. I’d like to wait til the summer so I’ve been putting my efforts into other parts of wedding planning in order to keep my mind off of the dress!!
Post # 7
Your friend is right. Wait till about 12 months out. You’ll be too tempted to buy if you go before then, and your risk of changing your mind/your body changing/your budget changing/your wedding plans changing/etc goes way up. Don’t risk being a 2 or 3 dress bride – wait! Your bank account will thank you.
Post # 8
I think the key to this is, if you find one you like a lot and buy it, STOP LOOKING. That is how people spend 2 or 3 times their dress budget.
Post # 9
Thanks ladies! Great advice
Post # 10
I’m going to wait until June. That seems like a good time to start the ball rolling. You can still collect ideas though. ^_^
Post # 11
@micahg: Also, don’t expect to find your dress on the first time out. Also, don’t expect to instantly KNOW when you’ve found your dress. Some people just ‘know’ others don’t.
I tried on over 60 dresses and then went back and forth between 4 dresses before finally deciding on “my” dress.
There really wasn’t an epiphany moment, or an “OMG this is my dress” and tears. I just realized it was my dress after putting it on a few times and loving it every single time.