(Closed) Still looking for my gown and STRESSED!

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
24 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

8 to 9 months? That seems extreme. I’m getting married Memorial Day weekend and I have yet to be wedding dress shopping, so you’re way ahead of me, haha. Don’t strss out — I think 6 months should be plenty of time to order a dress. I’ve had friends who were only engaged for 8 months and ordered their dress 5 months out and it was no problem at all ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 4
2107 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

It usually takes about six months for a dress to come in, so even if you order at the end of October, you’ll still have time.  Stop stressing!  You’ll know the right dress when you see it on yourself – don’t let any shop pressure you into buying until you’re 100% certain. 

P.S.  It’s nice to see another Ottawa bride on the boards!

Post # 5
339 posts
Helper bee

What all do you like? And how much would you like to spend?  I’m going to guess that most of the people on here have looked at A LOT of dresses and maybe we could help make suggestions!!!

Post # 6
1679 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If you’re ordering a dress that’s going to made in China, they definitely seem to need 8+ months lead time these days.  A bridal shop owner in the area said that there have been some slow downs with certain brands lately.  I’ve read about the same thing on the board.


Here was my strategy:

1.  I made four appointments.  The first store a little shop that carries Sottero, Casablana, Justin Alexander.  I didn’t think it was my style walking in and I was right, but it was good to get that out of the way.  The next three appointments were at nicer salons.  I found 2 dresses at each that I liked.  Never had the “a ha” moment, but I came to realize what designers were my favorites.

2.  Once I figured out the designers I liked (Amsale, Rivini), I ignored everything else.  I kept an eye on the preowned sites and stores that sold samples to see if any dresses were speaking to me. 

3.  When I found a pristene Amsale sample, I bought it on the spot.  It’s on a shelf right now and I’ll have it altered in April or May for my June 1 wedding.


There is so much “noise” in bridal that I think you need to plow through and separate the wheat from the chaf.  What designers or brands do you keep coming back to?  What trends do you notice in the dresses you like?  Plenty of brides find multiple dresses they like.  Plenty never have the “OMG!  This is THE dress!” moment.  Are you beating yourself up because  you haven’t had that moment?

Post # 8
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I didnt have the “a ha” moment, but the dress I got by far topped all of the other dresses I tried, it had everything I wanted, and was in my price range. No tears for me, (I’m not much of a cryer anyway) but just by the gasp my mom and aunt and grandmother made, I knew it had to be the one I purchased! It literally took their breath away.

Post # 9
304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

you are getting married one day before i doooooooooooooo ๐Ÿ™‚


order your dress soon as possible..i just ordered mine yesterday…bridal salon said it will arrive around beginning of MAY,..


good luck.

Post # 10
18 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012


I went through about the same thing.  I had tried on approximately 100 dresses.  I finally went to the largest bridal salon I have ever seen.  They had over 1,000 dresses and had $20,000 dresses in the lobby.  I walked in there resigned to not finding a dress.  I claimed that I would probably never cry and never find the dress and have to settle.  Five dresses into the appointment, I was proven wrong.  I cried like a baby when I put the dress on.  There is a perfect dress out there for everyone.  My advice: go somewhere that has a large selection that is a salon not a megastore.  The place I went was huge but had the feel that they were solely focusing on you.  You will find your dress.  Good luck!

Post # 11
850 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m in Canada (Toronto) and I also haven’t ordered my dress yet.  I have my eye on one but still haven’t decided and am not stressed at all.  I will if January comes and i *still* haven’t ordered! 

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