(Closed) How long before the wedding should you really buy your wedding gown?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Should I wait until late January - early February or should I go try on now?
    Try on now! : (29 votes)
    67 %
    You have time to wait. : (0 votes)
    Your options will be limited if you wait. : (14 votes)
    33 %
    Try on now, order in a smaller size. : (0 votes)
  • Post # 16
    194 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    My dress took 7-8 months to order and arrive at the bridal store – Ordered in Jan 2015, arrived late July 2015 (wedding in October 2015) I ended up losing some weight prior to my wedding (25lbs), but alterations was able to help me out with that. I went back 3-4 times to keep taking it in for the last 2 months, but it was well worth it. 

    On the other hand my sister and other friends have ended up getting the stock/sample dress at a bridal store and had NO wait time. In my experience, it really depends on the brand and store that you choose.

    Post # 17
    941 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I was going to wait too…finally went and decided within a month. My dress went from coming in February to coming in April…I’m getting married in May. I’ll prob be down ablut 10 lbs.

    Go now! I mean there are dresses that are 3 months turn around ir they have in stock but if you want more of a selection go now (unless you’re buying sample or secondhand). You want it in in time for alterations and fittings

    Post # 18
    316 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    OMG go now! Seriously there was one dress I was looking at and the boutinque said it can be 6-9 months. I have loads of time not getting married till 2017 but those who are getting married in 7 months or less makes me worried for them. the dresses you get to pick may be limited, get a more on, please! 

    Post # 19
    3464 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I was lucky I could buy a sample dress, but I lost 20lbs before my wedding and it was super easy to get my dress altered. I would start looking now and plan to alter!

    Post # 20
    134 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    I am losing weight too….My dress store that I just ordered my dress at said 15-20 pounds are about a dress size. I ordered my dress on Nov 11. It is due to be shipped on March 6. The store expects it to be in the store in about a week. The store is going to steam it and I will have my first fitting/alterations. By having the extra time, if something is wrong with the dress at this fitting..the store has time to fix it with the designer.

    The seamstress will make the first alteration…if I lost weight, they can take it in. I did order my dress a size smaller…I was just about between sizes…due to my hips..If I lose more weight after the first alteration then I can have time for more alterations….

    Post # 21
    183 posts
    Blushing bee

    Mrs_Davis2016:  We are in the same boat! Wedding is 7 months away and let me tell you- i have gone to 20 stores and tried on over 100 dresses and havent found anything. The pressure of needing to buy something NOW for an event that is next year really stresses me out.

    Here is what i can tell you: It does NOT take 6 months for a dress to be ordered in- thats a scam that people say to get you to buy a dress right then and there. I had a wellknown couture dress lady tell me that secret. It takes 16 weeks for a dress to come in from China to Canada…so it cant take longer!

    Your options will be ordering in a dress in your size and then doing alterations OR purchasing a gown off the rack and doing alterations.

    My aunt bought her dress one month before the wedding!! So no stress! 

    Post # 22
    57 posts
    Worker bee

    If I’m reading what you said right, you are planning on losing 30-40 pounds before February? I don’t know if you mean end of Feb or beginning or if you’re counting your already lost weight in that (congrats on the 10!) – but it’s gonna be tough if you think you’re going to lose 30 pounds over 2.5-3.5 months… when you get smaller and closer to goal you lose slower just because you burn less as you get thinner. 8 pounds is the safe amount to lose in a month (often first month you lose more, because of water weight), so I’d look at losing more like 20 pounds if beginning of Feb, or 30-40 would be doable if you have 3.5 months (but that takes you shopping in March rather than Feb)… so anyways, I wouldn’t anticipate losing that much per month for a solida mount of time. I twould make me way more stressed out to have that. 

    For perspective, I’ve lost 42 pounds so far and have another 36 pounds or so I want to lose (maybe 26-36, not sure), but now that I’m like 2 pounds away from healthy  BMI, the rest of the weight is coming off a lot slower. It took me from July/Aug/Sept/Oct/.5 Nov to lose that, and I don’t think I’ll be at goal when I go shopping in March for my December wedding… 


    I’ve heard within 20-30 pounds you can alter easily though, so there’s that! I’m just hoping to be within 20 pounds of my goal by then. 

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