(Closed) How early is too early to buy a dress?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1017 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Hmm… that’s a tough situation.


I think there are certain things you can do to try and minimize having dress regret… one of them being to STOP LOOKING at other dresses once you’ve chosen yours (don’t look online, in other bridal shops, on Pinterest, don’t click on dress threads on the Bee, etc.) On the other hand, 2 years and 10 months is a long way out… bridal trends will have changed by then, and your taste/vision of how you want to look on your wedding day might, too. Especially if you haven’t chosen a venue yet- could you see yourself in this dress regardless of the venue and style of decor around you?


If I were in your shoes? I would wait as long as possible to get the dress, continue to try on others to be sure that it’s the one– until stock is dwindling, and then if you’re still sure, I would buy it. I would rather be in the position of trying to sell it later on (if you were to find another dress) or even making extreme alterations to it than to be in the position of shopping later and never finding a dress that measures up to the first one.


I don’t have any experience when it comes to shopping for a dress that’s no longer being made- I’m not sure how easy or difficult it is, and it probably depends on who the designer is and the popularity of the style as well. Those factors considered, is it a risk you’re willing to take?


Another option to consider if you choose not to buy it now is to have a replica/imitation made if you don’t find something you like more (I know there are some vendors in China many Bees have had luck with and also some Etsy sellers who do this).


Post # 4
2457 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would say it is definitely too early. Your tastes for things will probably change a lot between now and the wedding. It doesn’t hurt to look, but I definitely wouldn’t buy anything yet. 

Post # 5
845 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@OzGirl:  I think it’s CERTAINLY too early. I’d wait. Seriously!

Post # 6
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would definitely wait. 

Post # 7
2685 posts
Sugar bee

Normally I’d say almost 3 years is too early, but in your case I don’t think it’s too early considering you have limited opportunities to go dress shopping with friends and family.  If you’re confident this is the dress for you, I’d go for it.  Personally, I would wait a little bit to see if the price of the dress drops or if the store decides to sell their sample.  If you do get the dress soon, you should hold off on doing alterations until you’re closer to the wedding.  

Post # 8
33 posts

@OzGirl:  Hey fellow aussie girl!

Look go with your gut instint. I’m not even engaged but plan to be in the next few weeks. My engagement ring should be completed this week and i plan to get married in 2015 but have not set an official date (I just put in 16th March 2015 because its my birthday!) however i have already bought my dress.

At first i thought maybe i was jumping ahead but i saw the dress i knew i wanted and took a gamble and purchased if off ebay. The price was ridiculously cheap and i knew that in 2 yrs time that dress would probably no be available and it would cost a fortune to have it made here.

I’m so glad i did it, i’ve ended up with the dress of my dreams and i know i won’t change my mind. When you know, you know.

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