Post # 1
My wedding day is just under 2 years away… 22 months and 20 days to be exact lol! I have been planning on not going dress shopping until summer or autumn of next year – about 1 year before our wedding. But there’s a couple dresses I’m in love with NOW and while I am resolved that I am not going to buy anything until next year, is it silly of me to go in and try them on?
There’s two bridal stores in my town that carry the designer and they have the dresses in stock. I really want to try them on! I’ve been engaged for 6 months now and have yet to try on a dress and let’s be honest, the dress IS the most exciting part of wedding planning! I think if I can at least see if the style looks good on my figure, then I’ll know if I’m on the right track or if they are awful on me then I can stop obsessing.
My concern is that there’s so many people that say they want to be there when I try on dresses… so just trying on two dresses for fun means that my mom, sister, and 2 of my bridesmaids want to be there… I feel weird about that. I kind of just wanted to go on my own for fun.. if they all come then it feels like a big shopping day, which it isn’t!
Any other brides out there with lengthy engagements, did you try on dresses very early??
Post # 3
I would wait until you’re 1 year out. Just do a search for “dress regret,” and all those posts might make you think twice about looking 2 years early!!
Post # 4
@MrsPhilly: My engagement is just about 22 months as well, and I’m not planning to go try on until a year out, and not buy (at the latest) until 9 months out, just to make sure I’ve seen all my options (new styles) and have the venue and other things booked that might change my vision! If you do go shopping and buy, just don’t keep looking!
Post # 5
i have my dress. like, in my apartment. well, it’s in my bridesmaid’s apartment currently, since i don’t trust Fiance not to look at it. but i picked it up almost a week ago. my wedding is AFTER yours, OP.
it’s never too early to start to look. however, if my dress hadn’t been a discontinued style, i would not have purchased it this early.
Post # 6
It’s never too early, I got engaged in January, won’t be getting married until July 2015, and tried on a dress in June/July. I just wanted to try it on as I loved it online, I knew it probably wasn’t the one but I wanted to try it on before it wasn’t in store anymore!
ETA: That’s the only dress I have tried on though, and don’t plan on trying any more on for ages yet.
Post # 7
I went and tried on dresses at 2 years out. I couldnt wait any longer and I wanted to see what looked good on me. Then I went back and tried on dress about a year and a half out with my mom and sister and I found the one. It currently is sitting in my hallway closet that so walks past everyday :] (He thinks its being stored at my aunts house)
Post # 8
thanks ladies!!! I definitely do NOT plan on buying yet.. I know that what I love right now might not be what I love next year and I know dress regret is a possibility this early out – for me anyways! I’m just pretty self conscious of my shape – I’m slim, but sometimes fitted things don’t look great on me still. The two dresses I love are fit and flare style, so I want to see if the style even suits my type so I have something to guide me in my online searches!
The BIG shopping day won’t be til next year because my Mother-In-Law wants to come as well as the bridesmaids that live out of town. This would just be for fun because I am DYING to try one on!
Post # 9
I say go ahead and start. It took me months to figure out what I wanted. You don’t want to wait until a year out and then have that problem!
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
My wedding is 2 years away and I already bought mine. Whatever you feel is right for you do it. But if there are dresses you really want to try on than do it. I really wanted to try on the dress I purchased. Had been dreaming about this dress for months and called every store within a 60 mile radius even making plans to travel out of state if necessary before I found a sample of this dress. I tried it on and knew it was the one. I get giddy everytime I think about wearing it in 2 years and until then I just relax knowing I have several months to plan the rest of my attire before moving onto cakes and caterers and foods etc.
Post # 11
In my personal experience I’d say wait…I went window shopping with my bridesmaids, and within 45 minutes the shop assistant had very cleverly sold me a dress off the rack, the experience is so exciting and I just forgot myself and parted with almost £700 only to regret it almost immediately! It is the complete opposite of what I want and now I have to buy a new One, I have massive dress regret and iv still got 17months to go…so am holding off till summer next year! My mind haa changed so many times about what style I want. But afree wasting a big chunk of money my advice would be to wait, there will be loads of dresses in the styles you love next year plus loads of new designs. I so so wish I’d waited 🙁 have learned the expensive way!
Post # 12
I agree with waiting until the one year mark, so you don’t change your mind!
Post # 13
I am in a similar situation. I actually bought a dress 2 weeks ago. I first went shopping with my parents a couple of months ago because I hardly ever see them. At that shopping trip I was able to narrow it down to 2 dresses I liked. I thought about it for awhile and was able to get my girls out to look at dresses too, they are also all over and it is almost impossible to get them all in one place. I decided on the dress I loved and was able to make an appointment during a trunk show to buy it. It is a little designer and since they would be making a pattern for me personally they dont want to take my measurements till summer, which works out becuase it lets me lose the weight I am planning on. So, in the end it all worked out for me very well. There is no harm in looking early, and if you find something you love it gives you time to work it out.
Post # 14
You all make so many valid points… but I know that I can handle shopping without giving in to the urge to buy. I had a lot of second thoughts about our photographer and ended up switching… I don’t want that to happen with the dress too!
I went and tried a couple on today by myself… just so I could see for the the first time without anyone telling me their opinions! The store was tiny though and only had one of my 3 dream dresses! It was like 5 sizes too big and she didn’t have clips to cinch it in tighter so it was hard to see what it looked like. I also want to wear a purple belt with a big flower on it, regardless of what dress I get and she didn’t have any purple belts, or belts with flowers…
I’m going to a different place on Sunday with my mom, sister, and best friend because they have a lot more dresses. It’s just for fun since it’s my birthday this weekend 😀
Its nice to hear other brides with long engagements did the same thing 😀 Makes me feel better!
Here’s the dress I tried on today! It looks so much better in person than on this model. There’s other brides on here wearing it – sophia tolli MarieLena – beautiful!