(Closed) Too soon??!!

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
298 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012 - Prairie Production- Chicago (loft)

The ONLY bad thing I see about what you did is that since you have so much time- you might have been able to buy a more expensive dress (if that even matters) perhaps a dream dress a normal 1- year engagment bride couldnt afford. 

Other than that I see nothing wrong with what you did- I just would be worried about storing it and keeping it preserved in new condition until the wedding. It would suck for it to turn yellow/ get dusty etc. or retain a stench from being stored for 3 years. But as long as you get it sealed up- and keep it in a non-smoking home and out of the sunlight you should be fine.

Post # 4
3697 posts
Sugar bee

Your dress is not going to get yellowed or stinky in three years. Don’t even worry about that. As long as you handle it with common sense, it’s physical condition will be *fine.*

Your biggest danger is going to be the dreaded “dress regret” as you go through the next couple of years of planning, looking at other dresses, etc. The best antidote is to not look at other dresses, of course – but that’s pretty unrealistic, especially with your timeframe. You might want to read The Paradox of Choice by Barry Swartz to inoculate yourself, though. He doesn’t talk about weddings and dress regret per se, but he does go into how, when you have an overwhelming number of choices, it becomes very easy to second-guess yourself after you make a choice, and it often leads to lowered satisfaction (i.e. “dress regret”) because people start doubting whether they made the best choice, whether there’s something better out there, etc.

So read the book and keep reminding yourself that you love your gown and will be perfectly satisfied with it.

Post # 5
779 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Catal Restaurant

My wedding is May 2014 and I am buying my dress next month.  Best advice to you is to stop looking at photos of dresses and DO NOT let anyone talk you into going to a bridal store.  With that hopefully you dont end up with buyers remorse.

Post # 6
1318 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

None of us ever buy a dress with the expectation that you will get dress regret… it sneaks up on you. All the time you see “Never thought this would happen to me! Regret!!!” It is really far out and that’s when people tend to have the dress regret…

In order to help keep it away, have the dress at a family member’s house. Do not keep pictures of yourself in it on your own computer. Do not look at it. Do not show it to other people…. you have to do these things to keep it feeling new and exciting for so long…

PS: At least tell us which dress it is!!!

Post # 7
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Personally I would have waited until closer to your wedding and purchased the dress used from another bride. But hopefully you love the dress enough that you wont see something you like better in the next couple years.

Post # 8
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Just like other PP have mentioned, the only harm in buying your dress so early is potential dress regret.  The only thing I think you can do is to avoid looking at dresses as much as possible…unless you’re 100% sure it’s the One.  I bought my dress a couple months ago for my wedding next May.  The Fall collections just came out and I find that I love so many of these new dresses…but in the end, I still wouldn’t change my dress for any of them.  I think it just comes down to how certain you are that you’re not going to change your mind.  Best of luck!

Post # 9
7902 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

With that much time left, I wouldn’t let anyone touch (including yourself) the dress with bare skin unless you are going to have it laundered immediatley after. 2.5 years is a long time. Brides are told to preserve their dresses as soon as possible if they plan to keep them (or clean them for sale) so that the sugars and oils in the skin don’t damage the fabric. Just to be on the safe side, I’d keep that fabric clean, clean, clean until it’s time for alterations about 2 months before the wedding.

Post # 14
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think that it will be pretty difficult to get tired of! It is a really classic ballgown and if thats what you want, you got it! 

Congrats on finding your dress! I bought mine on a whim, a while before my wedding and I feel like I keep getting more sure of the choice I made!

Post # 15
24 posts
  • Wedding: July 2015

I am buying my dress in February. It is early but I know what I want and then can put my money to use paying for other wedding things.I have done alot of dress research and am sure of what I want….

Post # 16
29 posts
  • Wedding: June 2014

My wedding is in 2015 as well and I purchased my wedding gown yesterday! I had the same fears as you…I knew I absolutely loved the dress and I would have been horrified if it slipped away, had I waited to purchase.

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