Post # 1
I have been engaged since June and all the while we knew we would have a long engagement.
My Fiance works as a Premises Manager at a school and gets a house with his job. I intend selling mine and moving in with him but can’t do it yet as I have two daughters still at school & college, right in the middle of their exam syllabus. So that is how we came to choose August 2015. (The eldest will be away at university by then and the youngest will start college in our new town.)
It is going to be difficult and stressful co-ordinating a move, selling my house at the right time and moving down to my FI’s in time to start my daughter at her new college.
So that is why I am keen to get as much of the wedding sorted as possible as early as possible.
Went dress shopping last week and loved one of the dresses I tried on – but is it too soon – should I buy it now or should I keep looking and possibly lose the one I love?
Is it too soon to be thinking about the dress? What do you think??
Post # 3
Personally my style preference changes so much I was hesitant to buy my dress 1 year in advance so I couldn’t imagine over 2 years. That’s just me though. If you think you’ll like the same styles now and then, then there’s no hurt in at least starting to look. Good luck!
Post # 4
My only concern would be if you’ll get ‘dress regret.’ I’ve read that a lot of brides get those feelings when they purchase their dresses way in advance and then they change their minds and want a different dress. If you think that you’ll still love that one dress by your wedding date then I think that you should get it. 🙂
Post # 5
My style and taste hasn’t changed much over the last 4-5 years; I’ve been building up a classic wardrobe, and wear the same things from year to year. Because of that, I had few qualms about buying my dress so early (nearly 3 years early to be precise!).
In my case, I went to a sample sale in November 2011 to see what was on offer, with no plans to buy. I tried 5 dresses on, 2 were awful, 2 were OK, the other I loved; and this 5 had been selected after looking through literally hundreds of designer gowns.
I didn’t cry or anything, but it was a beautiful dress at a good price, and looked gorgeous on. I’ve now had it for 1.5 years, and have no regrets at all; I recently went to get it altered, and love it even more.
So I really think it depends on you as a person. If it’s a good price, and you feel confident you won’t have regrets, I say go for it!
Post # 6
From what I have heard, the closer you get to the wedding the crazier things become with brides running around confirming details with vendors, calling their bridal shop because they haven’t got their dress in yet, frantically finishing off DIY projects etc. I’m getting married next December (602 days to go- YAY!) and I have ordered my dress, booked my photographer and venue. I’m worried that I will change my mind regarding themes and colours so I have held off getting everything else. I spend a lot if time on Pinterest and the Bee of course getting my ideas together. I don’t plan on booking anything else until perhaps July/August to give my ideas time to cement themselves. As for my dress, I was one of those brides who had dress regret. But I think it was more to do with the wrong dress than how early I ordered it. I am in love with my second dress, and am actually using it as a starting place for my theme (I’m going with a vintage lace theme). I’m also choosing my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses based on what colours look best next to my dress and make it ‘pop’. I definitely think it’s ok to buy your dress now but wait until you are 100% sure on colours, themes etc before getting everything else
Post # 7
I think you may change your mind. I do, however, think it is great that you are going to look so you can get a good idea of what looks good on you. Also, if you have found a dress you love, just keep your eye on it for a while. See if you still love it 12 months down the line. If you do, great. Plus, it will probably be cheaper by then 🙂
Post # 8
Have you considered a vison board/book? Personally, I feel it’s never to early to start looking and figuring out the feasibility of what you think your wedding would like to be/look like. Visit the possible wedding sites, take pictures of the dresses, and keep it all in a binder of of what you think you may want to do. This is also a good time to run the numbers and figure out how much things vary by year. I am also having a long engagement. We originally spoke of getting married in 2011, got formally engaged in 2012, but will say “I do” in 2014. I can’t tell you how many wedding plan verisons I’ve gone through, but I assure you its been plenty especially when thinking about my dream wedding in light of finances. My biggest fear has been going into debt for a wedding, and so my biggest goal has been saving enough that I will walk down the aisle wedding debt free. After all, why walk into a marriage in debt up to your eyeballs for one night – when most marriages are torn apart by money issues? We booked our June 2014 wedding around January-February 2013. I wouldn’t book much earlier than that because you never know if businesses will go bankrupt, renovations, and all those other incidentals. Hope that helps.
Post # 9
My wedding isn’t for another year and I practically have everything together. Me and my Fiance are moving in a couple months and I’ll be graduating around the time of our wedding so I figured the more I get done now, I’ll have less of a chance running around like a chicken with my head cut off lmao …I ordered my dress about a month or two after we got engaged (which was in november) and I’m still absolutely in love with my dress! I already have venue booked, transportation scheduled, photographer booked, hair and makeup appointment set, cake and caterer are all set to go and my centerpieces, invitations and bouquet are DIY. Only thing left to do is groom’s tux and reception entertainment. By planning everything out so early it takes the weight off my shoulders and hopefully will let me enjoy the moments leading up closer to the wedding instead of stressing out 😉
I say if it’s the dress you love then go for it! One less thing on your list of things to get done 🙂