(Closed) How early is too early to dress shop?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
5001 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
3968 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@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
2808 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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
9647 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

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
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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 # 9
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

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
3417 posts
Sugar bee
  • 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
311 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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
23602 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I agree with waiting until the one year mark, so you don’t change your mind!

Post # 13
214 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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. 

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