Post # 1
I guess I’m just trying to figure out a timeline for myself and to read what other brides have done.
We’ve looked at 5 venues so far with another few scheduled for this coming weekend. We have really high hopes for one next weekend, so it got me thinking about the next steps, namely, beginning dress shopping.
I’ve read a few timelines that say the venue is booked roughly 12 months in advance and a dress is purchased about 9 months in advance. For brides who booked their venue first and then went shopping, did you follow this timeline? If so, did you find that you felt like you had enough time to find a style you liked? For brides that deviated from the recommendation, what did you do?
Post # 2
We booked our venue 18 months before our wedding date. I started dress shopping 10 months before the date and bought my dress after 1 month of looking (so 9 months before wedding). I was happy with that timeline.
I wanted to leave dress shopping until 10 months before so that: 1) I could save up for it. Putting down deposits for the venue, the photographer, videographer etc were expensive. 2) Be sure that I had time to find a dress I loved. 3) Not change my mind. I didn’t want to go shopping too early and be tempted by the next season’s styles.
Post # 3
I bought my dress before I booked my venue.
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2017 - Country Cottage and Gardens
We booked the venue the last week of January for our June 2017 wedding, so 17 months I think we were a tad early but there was a bridal expo coming up and I was afraid that they would receive a lot of interest there. It does seem like many wedding are following more of an 18 month timeline now so I’m not sure why all the suggested timelines still follow the 12 month one. My dress is two pieces and I ordered the skirt in July and then the bodice in September. The skirt will be here in December so still plenty early.
Post # 5
I think I started looking at dresses around the same time as venues (I think I booked the venue first and immediately went to look at dresses). I was living in a different state than my wedding was in (I got married near where I grew up). I wanted to get my dress there too so I could pick it out with my mom and not have to transport it across the country. I tried on my dress on that very first group of dress shopping trips, but ended up buying it on my next visit back home, which was 10 months before my wedding.
Post # 6
Thanks for all of your timelines. I feel more of a push to get the venue booked. Cross your fingers for next weekend!
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2017 - Mississauga Convention Centre
I bought my dress before we booked our venue
Post # 8
futurebrideesq : we booked our venue 16 months in advance – and glad we did! It booked up FAST (missed our first date choice by about 4 hours). Went to first dress appointment 12 months out, and purchased my dress just a little over 9 months out.
Post # 9
- Wedding: The Retreat at Bradley\'s Pond
We picked our venue in Jan 2015 for our April 16 wedding. I probably starting shopping in Jan/Feb 2015 but regardless of which specific venue we already knew the vibe we were looking for- southern elegant understated and no hotels. So we were already limiting our pool of potential venues. I could have gone shopping sooner (and to be honest I went in December just to have fun with my mom and & grandma) but the reality was that I knew we were going to have a southern non formal afternoon ceremony outside wedding.
If you can already answer these questions then you can start dress shopping I think. Keep in mind it probably took me 3 full months of dress shopping to find the perfect dress. So give yourself time in case that is the case with you.
How formal/casual/business attire is your event?
What time might your ceremony be at?
Do you know your overall look you’re going for? (accessories/veils, etc).
Are there any religous or personal concerns you need to be mindful of? (ie shoulders/back)
We knew from the start we didn’t want a formal black-tie wedding and that we would be having a late afternoon ceremony (we had that control from the venue we selected). So I felt like I could have shopped without knowing the specific venue as looking back- my dress would have looked great any any of the top 3 options.
Side note- found my dress in March 2015 I think and it was on clearance as it was a discontinued style- and it was the sample option. So I brought it home that week and went in months later to select the accessories (belt/veil). I actually had to back up the alterations process several weeks as I had to allow time to alter it- then get it cleaned to remove the topical stains it had from the salon. So there are always options.
Post # 10
We booked our venue 12 months out and I bought my dress 7 months out.
Post # 11
- Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course
Our venue was booked 15 months out. I was already dress browsing prior to this then started visiting bridal stores. Bought a Sottero destinations dress – sold it, bought a Pronovias Orce (gorgeous dress) – sold it. Bought a cheap custom dress that I actually really like as a back up if all else fails. What I’m saying is you might want to take your time dress shopping. 🙂 Its a lot easier if you figure out what you don’t want then keep an open mind and see what makes you feel most beautiful while casual browsing. Take as much time as you need.
Post # 12
- Wedding: April 2017 - City, State
Booked our venue in 10 months out, got dress 8 months out.
Post # 13
Same day 🙂 We booked our Venue in March, and then I went and looked at dresses right after for our October wedding.
Post # 14
Booked the venue 15 months out, started dress shoping 12m out.
Post # 15
- Wedding: April 2016 - Athol Hall, Mosman
I was trying on dresses seriously and looking at venues about 15 months in advance. Bought dress almost 12 months (to the day) out and got venue that very same weekend.