(Closed) Too soon to shop?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Too soon to drop for dress?

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  • Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

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    BridetoBee2017:  HAHAHAHAHA I know this all too well! Our wedding is also Oct 2017, and I was casually browsing pre-owned gowns and found THE ONE. I’m buying it tonight, and then it gets to sit for a year and a half, being all beautiful in my closet.

    Post # 17
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    My wedding is June 2016 and I bought my dress June 2014. I think it depends on your personality. If you are decisive, then you’ll be fine going shopping now. I went just to ‘look’ but my dress was a sample and selling for cheap and I can’t wait to wear it!

    Post # 18
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I had dress regret, but NOT because of how far out I bought my dress. I bought my first dress in April 2014. I had regret because I bought a dress based on other peoples wants, not my own. I bought my second dress in January 2015 and it came in about a month ago, so almost 8 months. If you go, doesn’t matter what time frame, make sure you’re buying the one YOU love, not what you think everyone else wants. 

    Post # 19
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I think it’s totally fine to go looking, but I do think that you want to be wary about buying a dress too early. Styles change in the fashion industry, and a dress you love today may be one you regret later. The good news is, you have a ton of time to go out and try on all kinds of dresses – which gives you time, once you find a style you like, to narrow it down to ‘the dress’ and be certain. Just like meeting The One, when you know, you know. I cried when I tried my dress on and that was it for me. We were only engaged for 14 months so it’s easy for me to say to wait to buy, but I bought my dress (coincidentally) exactly, to the day, a year before our wedding.

    Post # 20
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    My bff got engaged a couple months ago and their wedding is going to be Fall/Winter 2017. She’s been in love with an Inbal Dror gown for foreverrrrr and there’s a trunk show near us this month so she’s going to try it on and hopefully buy, possibly get replicated. I don’t think it’s too early at all.

    I had a very specific dress in mind and at the time, backless wasn’t as popular as it is now. So when I found it, I pounced. Sometimes you just know. And in your case, it doesn’t hurt to try on different styles, especially if you’re not sure what you want.

    Post # 21
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    It never hurts to start looking early. It took me a long time and I had to take a month off of hiatus from it because I just wasn’t making any progress or liking anything I tried. I think if I started earlier I wouldn’t have felt so overwhelmed with all the different choices and perusing.

    Post # 22
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I would look, because it can be a super fun experience, but I definitely wouldn’t commit to a dress that far in advance. My friend did that because she had a really long engagement due to school and other circumstances, and she picked one of the first dresses she tried. Now her wedding is finally coming up and she hates her dress but is stuck with it. Plus, so many new dresses will come out between now and your wedding and someting might come out that you just LOVE that’s a little closer to your wedding. Also worth noting is that if you find something awesome now and wait, you might get it on sale in the futre!! 

    Post # 23
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

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    jfallon:  I think as long as you know your venue and have a vision for what you want in mind, then you are fine to go. I have 3 dresses, bwa use of dress regret since I went shopping before knowing the venue. Once that was settled, it was simple to choose the dress. 

    Post # 24
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    Blushing bee

    I think I asked this same question about a month ago. So I know how you feel

    Many of the folks said to wait until I have my venue and date set. I don’t have this set in stone but my Fiance and I are both wanting Disney Feb 2017. So I knew what I was looking for. Since you have a set date I say it doesn’t hurt to see what type of shapes and dresses you favor. And if you find the dress get it!!

    Post # 25
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I vote yes from personal experience. Got engaged Nov 2011 and was getting married in Aug 2013. I went shopping probably March/April of 2012 and changed my mind maybe 4 months later. I had to cry and cry and plead with the store manager to let me exchange (thankfully it hadn’t been altered) and I was allowed to swap it for a more expensive dress, worked for me (this was at DB btw so when you buy a dress it goes home with you right away and you bring it back to alter it). Sure you can browse but it’s tempting once you have it on not to buy it if you love it. Buy some magazines and watch some TLC bridal shows to tied you over. 

    Post # 26
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    Bumble bee

    I’m getting married April 2017 too ๐Ÿ™‚

    Went shopping with my mom while I was with her (I only see her 2-3 times a year) just to browse, and we fell in love with the dress. I found it on tradesy for $500 off, brand new in my exact size, so now it hangs in a closet for almost 2 years ๐Ÿ™‚ lol

    Post # 27
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    Helper bee

    Yay another April 2017 bee! I personally think its too early to shop, I can’t wait but am having to until next July ๐Ÿ™‚ I want to lose quite a bit of weight so want to be close to my goal before trying on dresses, as just in case a dress I like when I am bigger looks odd on (hopefully) skinny me!

    But if you want to do it, life is about personal choice ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 28
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    Honestly, I would hold off. Only because dresses discontinue all the time, you dont want to find the one you love and it not be there by the time. I would give it a year out, I did a bit over a year only because I knew my dress designer takes a long time to come in. I just got my dress (10 months after ordering it). It will sit patiently at the bridal salon till Feb to start alterations. 

    Post # 29
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: November 2016

    I was engaged November 2014, am getting married November 2016 and am going dress shopping next month! Nearly a year of research has me pretty convinced I know what I’m looking for, but it really just depends on how I feel when I get in there, you know? I’d probably recommend waiting til a year out, but if you’re ready to shop and don’t think you’ll have any regrets, just go now! It’s supposed to be one of the most fun times in your life, might as well live it up ๐Ÿ™‚

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