(Closed) How far in advance should I buy my wedding dress?.. Is it too late, too early?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
8575 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I purchased my dress a year out, it arrived 9 months in advance and started alterations about 5 months before.

Post # 3
350 posts
Helper bee

Go now. Some take up to 10 months to come in PLUS alterations

Post # 4
1581 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

You need to start looking now! It can take a while to get a dress in. 

Post # 5
2121 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

My wedding is also in October! I ordered it a year out (mid October) and it’ll be in late February, so about 4 months, but I won’t start alterations until July/August. I would go sooner rather than later.

Post # 6
1671 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016

I ordered mine very close to exactly 12 months out and while it may have been a smidge early I don’t feel I made a bad decision in doing so. My particular dress is taking about a month to get here (though I know some designers can take much longer), and I’m glad that it gives me some time to save up for alterations and not feel rushed during that process.

Post # 7
8686 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would go now. I purchased in December for a September wedding. I had plenty of time though. It came in March and alterations didn’t start until the end of July.

Post # 8
130 posts
Blushing bee

Shoot, I bought mine three years ago, you’ll never be too early by comparison (crazy good thrift-store deal for which I got a $1200 dress for $30 though, so it was kind of a now-or-never deal).

I don’t think it’s ever too early to start looking…sometimes you need that time of try-ons to nail down what styles look great on you and what don’t. You might find yourself realizing that the style you loved initially has changed a month in with try-ons.

Post # 9
1194 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

LindAnd:  Go now! They told me mine won’t be in for like 6 months and that was in November when we bought it! My wedding isn’t until November 1st this year. I think if you look and you find “the one” you won’t continue looking. I haven’t looked at dresses since I ordered mine. I know it’s definitely the one for me!

Post # 10
1206 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

My wedding is in September and I ordered my dress a year out. It actually just came in so it took over 4 months to arrive. You should keep that in mind if you decide to wait. 

Post # 12
37 posts
  • Wedding: October 2015


LindAnd:  My wedding is also in October 2015.  I waited until this month because my sister/maid of honor was in Singapore for 4 months and just arrived home before Christmas(she wanted to shop with me).  BIG MISTAKE!  Every store I’ve gone to told me I need to make a decision before the end of the month, if not sooner.  It takes 6-9 months for a dress to arrive once ordered.  Then another 2-3 months for alterations.  The dress could arrive sooner but it depends on the designer.  I had no idea, but now I’m stressed because I feel pressured to find a gown.  

Post # 13
2331 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

LindAnd:  I got married October 5th of last year and ordered my dress February 17th. The dress came in mid August. It really didn’t leave that much time for alterations and stuff. You need to start looking right away. 

Also you don’t want to wait much longer because if you do, you may have to rush order your dress (like PPs said, sometimes they take 6-10 months to arrive) and that will be more expensive. 

Post # 14
905 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Go now!! I started looking in October for my June wedding and everyone said, “Yeah, you’ll have to order by the end of this month!”

Post # 15
5365 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2016

You definitely need to go like, now or yesterday. I wouldn’t wait any longer, and most boutiques don’t really have sales. 

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