How early should you buy your dress?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

It really depends on the designer. Some will take 6+ months to come in, others come in much quicker. I bought my Essence of Australia dress 7 months out. It came in, in 4 months (3 months before my wedding). I only needed a bustle added for alterations so that was plenty of time.

If BHLDN comes in quickly, then the only thing I would worry about with waiting too long is them no longer stocking the dress and running out of your size. Personally, I’d feel stressed not having my dress so I’d just go ahead and buy it.

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I’m always told at least 9 months. 6 months for the dress to come in, and the rest for alterations.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

The store I went to told me 6 months for my Watters dress, plus allow 2-3 months for alterations depending on what needs to be done (they told me extra time because I have a small bust so the top requires a lot of alterations). If I were you, I would just buy it if you know it’s the one! While there’s a chance it could go on sale, there’s also a chance they could run out of your size and who knows when it would come back into stock. Ps- gorgeous gown!!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I originally thought the same that I had plenty of time as wedding over a year away but I have been told to start looking. I would just get your dress and that way you have plenty of time if any issues come up. Also you don’t want it not to be sold anymore.

 

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I bought my dress last October… I still don’t have it!  I was told at the time that I would get it in July (hellooooo July.)  Most places told me 6 months to be safe and the longer the better – a big thing for me was that actually, I don’t want my dress at home for months (nowhere to hide it from FI) so getting it finished a week or two before the wedding and then paying the salon to hold it for me would be idea.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

 

pepper2018 :  I chose my dress just under a year out but I was still losing weight so they measured me and sent off for it in February and my wedding is in October 2017 😊 first fitting is in August.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

pepper2018 :  don’t listen to that timeline bc your dress can be bought off the rack. I didn’t listen to that either bc I fit into a sample size and tried on zillions of samples that I liked. All are same day sale and you take the dress home. 2.5 months for alterations is what the seamstress told me.

did you try on the gown? I tried it on and it didn’t look that good on me. I was hoping it would tho! It’s really nice. Just make sure you try it on bc dresses look very different on than in a photo. 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I played the waiting game for a sale at BHLDN, had my eye on a rehearsal dinner dress. It did go on sale but it also sold out in my size. It was fine in the end but I was disappointed – just a word of caution!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

BHLDN is different. You can order the dress and have it right away, but it’s also RTW and goes on sale and sells out! One of my friends is getting married in November of 2018 and bought her dress from bhldn in August 2016 (whereas I’m getting married a year earlier and bought my dress in February and it JUST came in). 

 

I was concerned for her it was too early, a) because I thought her dress would go on sale (it did. And it immediately sold out in her size). B) I had a friend who got her dress super early, like almost 2 years in advance and then she decided 6 months later she wanted to go shopping again and found THE dress. She also found herself in quite the pickle!

 

i say that if you KNOW this is your dress, you should get it once you know. If you don’t know, you should continue shopping until you do. Happy planning!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

Another quick thought: you’re not the only person waiting for that gorgeous dress to go on sale. If you wear a common size, it will sell out – my dress was not low stock but I wear a 6 and when it went on sale, it sold out in that size in a matter of hours. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

pepper2018 :  I think if you’re sure this is the gown you want, you should order it sooner than later. As others have mentioned, it can sell out in your size, or the manufacturer could discontinue the style. Definitely try it on first, unless you can afford to absorb the cost of replacing it. Things often look very different on you than they do in photos. Or it might be scratchy. Etc.

I wouldn’t count on a sale; it’s fairly unusual for individuals to get those savings. Often, the manufacturer will give first dibs to consignment shops or even donate unsold dresses before they’ll allow them to go on sale. They don’t want to give the impression that waiting for a sale is a good idea and will artifically control the market to discourage that. 

Depending on the extent of your alterations, I’d allow a MINIMUM of 2 months. April is early in the season, but not that early. Seamstresses tend to get pretty busy right around March for summer weddings. 

TL;DR If that’s your dress, buy it now, just to be safe.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

pepper2018 :  I ordered mine in February and it came in last week. I think different designers have different timings. You need to check 😁

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

pepper2018 :  oh just read your last post 🙈 congrats bee!

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