(Closed) is it too soon to dress shop?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
1350 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

My wedding is next september and I’ve already had a dress appoitnment. I think it depends on you and what you want to get out of it. 

For me I like to make purchases after I’ve tried out every possible what if, so trying on many dresses is worthwhile. 

Post # 3
2098 posts
Buzzing bee

May 2017? It’s never soon I don’t think to start trying on dresses because it can take a while. I started in October and didn’t order a dress until December. Plus my dress took 8 months to come in! When it finally came in I barely had time for all my alterations. (I did have time, but it felt tight and busy with everything else going on.) Also, I liked the lack of pressure when I was shopping becuase I knew I had plenty of time. Ever those posts were bees are like HELP I MUST DECIDE TODAY WHICH DRESS??!??! lol, you can avoid that. 

Post # 4
324 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

lrk1203:  I think you should start dress shopping whenever you want! I don’t think anyone will bat an eye and ultimately, it gives you more time to find the perfect dress 🙂

Post # 5
925 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island

nah go for it!

I’m July 2017 and have been to 4 dress shops so far and am hitting another 4 this weekend 🙂 granted, i’m planning mine out of state and can only go home to dress shop like twice a year, but I actually love having the time to try on a zillion different styles and knowing that whichever I choose this summer, I’ll have plenty of time for alterations, etc.


Post # 6
628 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

asobos: “For me I like to make purchases after I’ve tried out every possible what if, so trying on many dresses is worthwhile”

+1! Our wedding isn’t until August 2017 but I’ve got my first dress appointment this Saturday! My theory is that if I find a 2016 I absolutely love, it could be a bit cheaper once the 2017’s come out. Likewise, if I’m not falling for anything this year, we’ll still have enough time to check out the 2017’s at the beginning of next year!

Post # 7
956 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

No – I think it’s good. If you find something you like, you will still have time to think about it. My wedding is in October 2016. My first dress appointment was in early August, 2015 – I was nervous about finding a dress and just wanted to try some on, my mom was not with me and I had no intention of buying. Fourth dress I tried on was it. I knew it before she zippered it up. I waited to order until December 2015 when my parents were in town.  I still looked around on the knot lookbook, but nothing compared to my dress. I never went to any other shops – I tried on a total of 5 dresses. The time in between was good – it helps to avoid the dress regret. Go and have fun!

Post # 8
365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I don’t think it’s ever too early – it just gives you more time to find the perfect one!

Post # 9
1119 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Mine is in July 2017 I’m waiting right now but will start in May-June of this year just to leave enough time to shop just in case it takes a while to find the right one. 

Post # 10
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

My wedding is June 2017 and I already bought my dress! Went on a whim with some friends and fell in love with one 🙂

Post # 11
603 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Athol Hall, Mosman

No, it’s not too early. By this time last yr, I was already researching and casually trying on different silhouettes to get an idea of what looked good on my figure. IMO, the latest you should start seriously looking at gowns is 12 months out. Most bridal salons will tell you that your dress will come somewhere in between 6 – 8 months. My dress was slated to come to me at 11 months from ordering. I don’t know why but I guess it was somewhere between extending my train and the fact that I might’ve been B2B #1298473 in line when I ordered it. I would’ve only had 4 weeks of rush altering it and the thought of that was stressful. However, I did have a little luck and my dress came in a month “early” so I ended up having the 8 weeks to alter.

Another thing to add was that you don’t know which dress will be yours yet so I’d say don’t wait much longer. I originally liked a fit n flare from EoA and thought it was the one but when I came back to order it a few weeks later, I found out that style was *just* discontinued. Had I ordered it right when I saw it, that would’ve been the dress to wear on the day. I pretty much had to start my search all over again and thankfully, I bumped into a shop owner that has a great sense of style when I was just about to reach the end of my rope.

Post # 12
1579 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

lrk1203:  I say start now! Dresses take a while to order, get alterations done, etc. 

I started dress shopping about 14 months ahead of our wedding, but we moved the date up a year a few weeks later so I had less than 8 weeks to find, buy, order, and get my dress altered.  It was super helpful that I had already gone dress shopping the weekend before and the shop let me just buy the dress off the rack even though they weren’t supposed to!


Post # 13
535 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

lrk1203:  It’s never too early to start!! 

Do it! And share photos with us!! :p

Post # 14
429 posts
Helper bee

Its never too soon! I started trying on dresses in May last year and ended up finding the one in June.  My wedding is in May. Have fun !

Post # 15
380 posts
Helper bee

lrk1203:  Start trying on …. you could be like me, I have 4 months till the wedding and still cant find a dress I like!

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