Post # 1
I’m getting married in 2010, but I’ve noticed a lot of 2010 brides (who have dates later than mine) are already picking out their dresses!! My wedding feels so far away and we’re just starting nailing down ideas as to what our wedding is going to be like… I feel its too soon to commit to a dress.
I went with my cousin a few weeks ago & I just couldn’t have been bothered. I started out completely excited, but I was in no mood to deal with the saleswoman… it had been a long week. I am in love with Maggie Sottero "Lorraine", but only one retailer in my province carries some of those dresses. It actually left a really bad taste in my mouth. The thought of going dress shopping again makes me want to cry… and not in a good way.
Okay, so now I’m freaking out a little bit. How long do I have before I need to pick a dress? If I wait another 6 months- is that too late?
Post # 3
Depends on what kind of dress you want.
Do you think you are going to want something custom made for you? If you think this is an option you may want then starting earlier is a good plan since it takes time to develop and make a dress from scratch.
If you are certain you want something new remember to factor in 4-6 months productions time + time for alterations.
If you are willing to go with a sample dress you can put it off a bit longer since you don’t need to worry about production time but don’t forget the alteration time and the time it will take you to find something that is you.
Post # 4
First, I don’t think you’re behind at all. I’m May 2010 and I ordered my dress back in March, but I had a clear idea of what I wanted. That being said, let’s work backwards. Your wedding is July 2010. You’ll want to start your alterations 3 months before your wedding (that is what my bridal consultant told me, so let’s just work with that number.) That means you’ll need your dress to arrive no later than the end of March 2010. If it takes approx 5 months (give or take) for a dress to come in, you should order your dress no later than the end of October. You definitely have time 🙂 Like I said, I ordered my dress at the end of March and it came in on June 5. That’s just over 2 months, which gives me a good amount of time to do alterations.
My advice would be to research as much as you can. Get a good idea of what you like and what you think will look good on your body. It’s good that you’ve gone shopping already. Hopefully you got an idea of what type of dress works for you. Good luck!!
Post # 5
You shouldn’t even BEGIN to worry if you want something new until 9 months before your wedding. If you’re buying new, select something at 6 months out and you will have PLENTY of time for it to come in and for alterations to be done.
If you want something custom made, I imagine you should probably try things on at 12 months, get a concrete idea of what you want, and start having it made at 9 months. That way just in case anything goes wrong, you have time to do something else.
if you want a specific dress used, then make sure it’s what you want now so that you can pounce on it if you see someone selling it. Wedding season is now so a lot of used dresses should be available soon.
If you want a sample, then just drop by any sample sales you see or hear about. You don’t have to worry about actually being successful at one and taking a dress home until you’re 6-9 months out. You’ve got a while.
I’m getting married two months after you and I got my dress two weeks ago, but it’s because I was looking for a specific gown used. I wanted to know what I wanted so that I could pounce if someone was selling it. I wound up finding it at a sample sale that I walked into instead. Otherwise I was content waiting to find the dress until 6 months out.
Post # 6
You have plenty of time to look for your wedding dress. Don’t start stressing out yet. I started looking for my dress about 8 months before my wedding, and then made sure to order it 6 months before because most custom made dresses take 4-6 months. Plus you want to leave enough time for alternations. Speaking for myself, I felt that I gave myself just the right amount of time to find my dress. From reading other boards I’ve noticed when brides look for dresses so far ahead of their wedding day they have lots of doubts and look at dozens of dresses. You will know when it is "the one."
Post # 7
Like the others have said, don’t stress, I think you’ve got plenty of time to look for a dress. I ordered my dress is September for my May wedding and I had plenty of time. I think somewhere in the 4-6 months range for when you order usually works out.
Post # 8
Oh phewf! Thanks for all your input!
I’m definitely not getting something custom made…. IMO it doesn’t seem worth it to spend that kind of money for 6 hours (we’re having a daytime wedding /early afternoon recepction). My Fiance is getting a custom suit made: he’ll get more use out of it than I would out of my dress. lol my mom’s opinion is "Oh that’s so sad… don’t think of it that way". I didn’t pick "Recessionista" because I’m super spendy- I have a degree in Finance lol.
Anyway I’m so relieved… I was so scared that I’d have to make fast decisions & I’d end up having "dress regret".
Post # 9
Yeah, you definately don’t want to have dress regret. Sounds like a lot of brides go through that. You have so many other things to worry about!! Stress on the important stuff.
Post # 10
You do have some time but I wanted to warn you that Maggie Sottero dresses take a long time to come in. I ordered mine in March and it won’t get in until November (8 months!).
Post # 11
Wow, Carbon Girl, that seems like such a long time! I just ordered a Sottero and Midgley dress and my wedding is next May! Should I be worried. Why is yours so long? They quoted me 12-14wks but I think that is just a standard. I haven’t gotten an ETA just yet. Yikes! My wedding is 10 months away….