Post # 1
Hi Bees! I THINK I may have found "THE ONE"! It’s a dress I tried on early on in my dress search, but I kept thinking about it (and even had a DREAM about it, lol), so I went back to try it on again. I liked it even more the second time around. I’ve been dress shopping for a couple months now and I would estimate that I’ve tried on about 30 different dresses. My question is for the bees who have already ordered/purchased their dresses… how long before your wedding date did you do it? I’m a little less than 1 year away (wedding is on June 5, 2010)… am I jumping the gun here? Should I shop around more?? I fear falling in love with something else after and having dress envy. Any advice or insight would be much appreciated! 🙂
Post # 3
I ordered in January for a September wedding – it ended up being the first wedding purchase we made. Looking back, it was a bit early, but it was the right dress at a great price. There were some second thoughts closer to the wedding, but from what I’ve read on the boards, that’s not unusual. For me, buying early was perfect – it felt great to have such a major thing crossed of the list.
If you’re dreaming about the dress, it may be a good sign you’re ready to commit. 🙂
Post # 4
Also menat to add that you may want to consider the style – is it a relatively new style or an older style that may not be as easily found in a few months (or perhaps easier to find used or on sale, if you’re looking for a bargain).
Post # 5
I am getting married on May 15, 2010 and I just bought my dress last week. I have had some slight doubts as to if I did the right thing or not, but it feels so good to have "the dress." I knew that it was the one as soon as I tried it on and when I went back to try it on again, I bought it. I think that when it’s the one, it’s the one
Post # 6
I shopped for my dress in April/May for my wedding next February. Some of the stores I went to told me that it was good that I was shopping with lots of time in advance because some dresses take a long time to come in. In my opinion, if you found a dress that you absolutely positively know is THE one, you should buy it just in case it gets discontinued or something and then you can’t find it anywhere. If you feel it’s just too early to buy it, you can always continue shopping around and postpone buying the dress for a few more weeks or maybe a month, to really make sure that that’s the dress you want 🙂
Post # 7
Thanks for the advice Bees! I think I will just wait a bit longer and keep trying on different dresses. I really think I will suffer from dress envy/regret (knowing my personality). If I have another dream about the dress, then I’ll know FOR SURE it’s THE ONE!
Post # 8
i ordered in april for an august wedding. it was like, the last month that i could have ordered it for it to arrive in time to be altered – but it REALLY cuts down on the "doubt factor". i cant have doubts because i cant get another dress anyways!
Post # 9
I would make sure that you try on all of the dresses you have ever considered before making a purchase. I bought my first dress too early and kept trying on dresses, finally finding the one that was "the one." Now I have 2 dresses !
Post # 10
I ordered 8 months before the wedding. I figured that was ahead enough to have a time cushion but not so far ahead that I’d have dress regrets.
Post # 11
I ordered my dress in March, but only because we were originally planning to have a December wedding. About a week after I ordered the dress, we decided to push back the wedding a couple of months (mostly for financial reasons – I’m still looking for a job), but my dress was already on order.
Unlike many brides here that experience dress regret, I’m actually the opposite. I still look at pics of other bridal gowns but the more I look, the more I like the dress I bought! I always seem to find something on the other dresses which I don’t like. I’m taking it as a sign that I got the dress I was meant to have!
If you’re thinking and dreaming that much about the dress, that may be a sign that it’s the one, especially since you’ve tried on other dresses after the one you like. That being said, if it’s a newer design, it’s likely not going anywhere soon and you still have time to make sure it’s the one. Ultimately, you know in your gut which is the right one for you; if you think that it’s THE ONE, maybe you should go for it. Dresses can take a really long time to come in, especially if it’s being made for you like mine is. You want to make sure you order it early enough so that you have a good chunk of time to allow for any alterations that may be necessary.