Post # 1
I am getting married 10/16/10 and I am going dress shopping this weekend with my mom and Maid/Matron of Honor. Do you think it is too soon to buy a dress?? I kind of feel like I can’t start planning until I know which dress I will wear. I feel like that will set the tone for everything else.
I am still a fulltime student and part-time waitress so I want to start planning/DIY-ing ASAP so I can be sure to get everything done.
Anyway….is it too soon?? What does everyone think?
Post # 3
I would think it depends on how much you think your weight will change. If you are like me and I stay the same. You should be okay. But I will warn you that you should sleep on it. Walk away from your dream dress and just sleep on it for a day or two. But after that if you know then I say go for it!
Post # 4
i bought my dress in january 2009 and my wedding is in march 2010. i was just so excited to buy a dress. i looked at dozens and dozens, though, before making my decision so i feel very comfortable with my decision. i have had a lot of time since then to see other dresses and ooh and ahh and have a little bit a dress regret, but all i have to do is remember that i looked at tons of dresses and knew the one i chose was right for me. so i don’t think it’s too early, but it is a long time and you will be seeing lots of dresses after that, so just remember you have plenty of time so don’t feel pressured to make too quick of a decision.
Post # 5
I’m an October 2010 bride as well, and I’m going to look in about 2-3 weeks! I don’t think it’s too early. The bridal store should give you a better idea of how long they think it will take for your dress to come in, and if you plan on losing a lot of weight, you will also need time for alterations. I am going to one bridal store where the owner told me when she ordered her own wedding gown, it ended up taking a year and three months to come in! YIKES! I agree with an earlier poster, though… make sure you look at a lot before you make a final decision!
Post # 6
I guess I should also mention that I am dress shopping about 4 hours away and my very generous mother is going to be buying my dress for me. She is a teacher and is VERY busy during the school year so the next time she would be able to go shopping with me would probably be next summer…which would be way too late.
I could go shopping without her but I feel like since she is buying it for me, she should be there to approve….even though I know it is ultimately my decision.
Also…since the weight issue has been brought up in both responses…I guess I should also mention that I do not wish to lose or gain any weight before the wedding.
Thanks for all the input!
Post # 7
Then, I definitely think now would be a good time! My friend is a May 2010 bride, and her mother is currently making the centerpieces (they’re pretty ornate) because she’s also a teacher and won’t have time once school starts back up. Good luck!
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2010 - Carlouel Yacht Club
I don’t think it is too early necessarily! Especially if you are doing some DIY things, you definitely need to know the tone of your wedding, and the dress is such a huge part in that. I am getting married in late May next year, and I bought my dress back in May of this year because I felt like my planning was at a complete standstill until I picked out the dress. If you are sure that you 1 – wont change size much, and 2 – are a decisive person who won’t regret the dress a few months later and want to change it, I’d say go for it! My dress in particular takes about 4 months for the store to get it back in, and then alterations will take a while as well; so working ahead is necessary sometimes!
Post # 9
Most companies require 12-14 weeks to manufacturer your gown so you should plan ahead. You have lot’s to choose from and the earlier you shop the less stress you will have down the road. I recommend setting up an itemized list of all things you will need to help organize your wedding plans.
Post # 10
I say take the stress off where you can control~
You got to have a dress, most need altering, most take 3-6 months to come in~ you can start looking, find style, enjoy the ride and if along the way you find THE DRESS, you’ll know it. Don’t buy the first thing you see or from the first place~ take notes, take a good friend or your mom who will be honest and go to quality shops and be open to their suggestions~ they have seen hundreds of dresses on different style bodies and often they KNOW what will look best on you~ so go in very open minded and don’t buy what you have in mind as much as what will make YOU LOOK SPECTACULAR!
Post # 11
I bought my dress last April and my wedding is in 2010. I really like having a dress this early, because it has helped shape the vision of the wedding. I think though, you need an idea and not an actual dress – so go shopping, but don’t feel any pressure to buy until next spring. (I got a really good deal on mine so I bought it.)
Post # 12
I bought my dress in March of this year and my wedding is not until May of 2011…but, I loved the dress, it was on sale, and had the money to afford it. My fi and I are also full-time students, part time workers so we’re buying things here and there and I decided that I wanted to purchase my dress. I have already made my STD and started my invitations, but I’m a worry-wart and I know once school starts up again and I start working my job afterwards and dealing with everything I have ZERO time during the semesters to do anything so that means I only have two summers to complete things before the wedding and I’m trying to knock out the big DIY projects before college takes over my life again! lol
Post # 13
I bought mine 4 months before the wedding and gotit thefirst day of shopping at kleinfeld on sample sale for 599
the only problem buying so early is you may not like it later; just a thought
when I watch say yes to the dress some brides dont like their first choice anymore
if you are decisive then go for it!
I knew what I wanted for 20 years!
Post # 14
*** UPDATE ***
I went dress shopping ALL day today and after trying on tons of dresses I went with the third dress I tried…I could not get it out of my head the whole day!! I went ahead and bought it because it is a Maggie Sottero gown since there was a Maggie Sottero trunk show at the store I purchased it, they gave me about $400 off the original price, so I got a great deal AND i love my dress!! It is the Maggie Sottero- Summer in Light Gold!!! YAY! 🙂
Post # 15
I’m getting married June 2010 and I just went to look last weekend. I found one I loved but my mom pointed out that I need to not rush into anything. With so much time until your wedding, you might have some buyer’s remorse if you buy too soon. Especially when you will see at least 2 or 3 new seasons of dresses come out. I have also heard to not buy until the beginning of the year. A lot of places are trying to sale all the dresses from the previous year and are willing to make pretty good deals.
Post # 16
I would do what you feel comfortable with but do keep in mind that the styles will change in that time. I have worked in a bridal shop for many years and we always want to keep switching out the last season dresses with the new ones. You may want to consider if you find a dress that you like now, you may get at a better price later if is not the newest thing on the market.