(Closed) Too Early for Dress Shopping?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
  • poll: When did you start trying on wedding dresses?
    1-6 months before the wedding : (3 votes)
    5 %
    7-11 months before the wedding : (29 votes)
    48 %
    12-16 months before the wedding : (22 votes)
    36 %
    Over 16 months before the wedding : (7 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    472 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @felixfelicis:  As long as you’re engaged, it’s never too early. Enjoy this fun time in your life all you can!

    There is only six months between my engagement date and my wedding date, so I worked within those parameters to get my dress.

    Post # 4
    1426 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

    @felixfelicis:  I don’t think it’s too soon.  I also agree with your mom that it’s a good idea to go to a shop and try on a bunch of different styles to see what you like.  I *thought* I would want a ball gown style, but turns out I adore the mermaid style.  🙂

    Post # 5
    3736 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @felixfelicis:  Your mom makes a good point and I don’t think it’s too early. If you could narrow down the style you are looking for, you’d probably have more success at the expo. Have fun!

    Post # 6
    2687 posts
    Sugar bee

    It’s not too early.  My wedding date is a week before yours and I just booked my first dress appointment for late June.  Also I agree with your mom that going to a bridal shop will give you a better idea of the styles you like and dislike.

    Post # 7
    839 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I dont think it’s too early. I went dress shopping the very beginning of march this year and found my dress. I’m not getting married until June 28, 2014. It will give you more time to figure out what you really want in a dress.

    Post # 8
    998 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @felixfelicis:  I purchased my dress 17 months prior.  I’m very picky so I wanted to get a head start.  I knew it was *the dress* and zero dress regret.  Wedding is a litte over a month away … can’t wait!


    Post # 10
    1018 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I don’t think it’s too early! If you end up falling in love with a dress early on in the process, just be sure to consider if you are willing to wait before buying it (research how much longer it will be easily available, etc.), and if you do buy it, be committed to avoiding looking at other dresses for the next year and four months!

    Post # 11
    1902 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I think if you have a vision for your wedding already (a type of venue, colors, whatever) then there is no problem looking for a dress.  At first I wanted a sheath style dress with lots of lace (very breezy, beachy almost) but once I booked my venue I realized I needed something more formal and elegant (my venue was a huge southern plantation house).

    I got my dress within like 2 weeks of getting engaged, but I had a 10 month engagement.  As long as you are actually ENGAGED I see no problem at least looking early on!  Just not if its one of those engaged to be engaged situations.

    Post # 12
    922 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I went 8 months before my wedding date.  I also bought off the rack and went home with it that day.  But in case I didn’t find one there, I needed at least 6 months to plan for ordering one if it came down to that. 

    If you can nail down your style, what you like or don’t like, color, etc. it would make your trip easier and less stressful.  If you have a solid vision of your wedding style, go for it.  My only worry would be what if your theme or style changes or you change your mind?  I’ve seen a lot of posts on here about dress regrets.  Not trying to be negative or scare you, but make sure you LOVE the dress you pick!

    Post # 13
    11328 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @felixfelicis: I started 9 months before, but wanted to start sooner, but couldn’t as my MOH was getting married 10 months before me and didn’t want to overshadow. I would have like to allow at least a year to try on the variety of styles

    Post # 15
    199 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I voted 1-6 mo because my engagement will only be three months long.  I chose a short engagement because I wanted one, but I would never recommend that someone with a longer engagement wait until that time frame.  The dress has been the most stressful part!  I have my second fitting next week and it’s two weeks before the wedding ,heh.

    Post # 16
    565 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park


    @felixfelicis:  My first bridal appointment was about 11 months before the wedding, but didn’t actually buy my dress till about 6 or 7 months before. I don’t think it’s a good idea to go shopping too early because styles change and new dresses are constantly designed.

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