(Closed) Too early to buy the dress?

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Worker bee

Girl, unless you are at risk of that gown being discontinued i would wait.  I am getting married in august of this year… got engaged early dec 07 and I have bought four dress.  Two of which I will wear (ceremony and reception) and the other two were a huge waste of money.  I just changed my mind of the style of our wedding.  ๐Ÿ™‚ Good Luck!  And I am not the only one who has… thus the classifieds ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Well, I don’t know.  There are countless bees on the boards who are on their second dress, mostly because of buying early.  I think I could have bought my dress anytime, but that’s just me.  I spent about 6 months going through magazines and looking online, and came up with a dozen pictures of what was essentially the same dress by ten different designers.  I was clearly only ever going to be interested in one thing.  I tried to be open-minded in trying on dresses, and while some other styles were certainly nice, I ended up with a choice between two of the dresses on the top of my pile of photos, and bought the one I had marked as my top choice months before.

If you think that you are the kind of person whose tastes don’t change much – that even if you keep buying bridal magazines and surfing the net, any other dress you love is going to look a whole lot like this dress, you may be pretty safe.  If you already know your venue (church, park, country club) and the formality of your events, or if you don’t see changes in such things causing you to rethink the dress, you might be pretty safe.  If you are sure that you can walk in it and dance in it and generally spend 5 – 6 hours in it without falling over from exhaustion, you might be pretty safe. 

Of course, as the dresses are generally made to order or at least made in batches, you could be just as safe waiting 6 months.  Surely your very accomodating bridal salon can also call the manufacturer and project the end of the season on this dress – or the last date it would be available on order.  That way, if you’re not absolutely sure, you can continue to shop and think, knowing that you can still order the dress in September.

In other words, it sort of depends. 

Post # 6
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94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I have already bought my dress for my October 2009 wedding.  I was unsure about buying it so early but it was a great price (marked down from $4800 to $500) and like no other dress that I had seen in all of my dress browsing.  If you really love it, I think you should get it and deal with any potential fallout later.

Post # 7
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2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Well, if you are getting a fabulous deal, you have that going for you.  You can always wait for alterations, and save that cost.  If there is any chance you change your mind, do you think you could sell the dress for what you paid?  If so, all you lose is your time (and maybe shipping and handling).  Not that $350 is peanuts, but is it a significant discount on the dress?  I mean, if the dress is normally $700, that’s huge.  If the dress is normally $2500, how much does it matter?

Post # 8
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275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’m also getting married in May of 09 and I bought my dress just after the 1st of the year!  I’m still dreaming about that dress and look at it online everyday!  I recently was feeling that it might have been too early, but my mom reassured me of how beautiful I looked, so I’m good!  I guess what I’m doing and my advice to you, is to not keep looking at dresses!  I won’t go dress shopping again and haven’t been looking at them in magazines.  We got a great deal on my dress too, so that always helps!  The other reason we bought early is that my wedding is in my hometown in MN and I currently live in CA, so we bought it while I was home for Xmas! 

 Go with your gut instinct and you’ll be fine! ๐Ÿ™‚

 Good Luck!
Heidi

Post # 9
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310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

I’d probably wait. You will likely still be able to get the dress if you wait a bit longer (you may want to check with the bridal store about this). Considering your wedding is so far away there is a chance you may change your mind and it would be awful if you bought the dress and couldn’t re-sell it, or ended up sticking with the dress you bought because you felt bad about buying it when there was something else out there that you wanted.

I found one dress and thought it was "the one" until I tried on others and found one which is absolutly perfect. I was glad that I waited!

I think perhaps 6-12 months in advance should be enough time to find your dress and order it, and not have the risk of liking something else more ๐Ÿ™‚

Good luck with whatever you decide to do!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2009

FuturemrsB…

 I totally know what you’re going through… I am getting married in May of 09 and just bought my dress over Easter weekend.  I was hesitant to buy so early, but when I saw the look on my mom and sister’s face, I just knew it was the one.  It just felt so perfect on!  The sales lady also said that it will take 4-6 months to just come in to the store, and then another 2 months for alterations!! That could be almost 8 months!  So I’m glad I found a dress I’m in love with and it’s also something I can check off my list.  There are SO many more things to worry about!  Veil, shoes, bridesmaid dresses…the list goes on and on.  May will be here before you know it!  Good luck! 

Post # 11
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191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I bought my dress a week after I got engaged and have been in love with it every since. I’m getting married this July. I guess I’m just a one-dress kind of girl =p

Post # 12
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13 posts
Newbee

i got engaged this january, found my dress at Filene’s "Running of the Brides" in February, and my wedding isn’t until next March (367 days to go…!) Since i only spent $250 on it, i’m not too worried about changing my mind if need be, but i highly doubt that will happen b/c i LOVE it!  if anything , i will spend the money i saved on a second dress for the reception. =)

go with your heart/gut!  

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I am getting married in June 2009 and I bought my dress in September 2007. No regrets! I still love it, and the $500 I saved at the trunk sale covered me having it custom made (which costs $500); I got the dress I wanted (I occasionally "visit" it at Priscilla of Boston) and I got the dress and custom fitting for the price of just the dress. I know that someone else said that $350 wasn’t much money….but it would be enough to pay for some nice programs, favors, out of town bags, dance lessons, etc. If you’re the type that doesn’t change her mind, I say go for it girl!

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