Post # 1
Hi fellow July Brides!
If you don’t already have your dress, when are you starting to shop? If you do have it, when did you get it? How long did your search take?
I’ve been engaged for a year – and while I have just about everything else done (vendor wise)- I have yet to go try on dresses.
I just scheduled my first appointment for October 19- my goal is to find it before thanksgiving. That’s doable, right?
Post # 3
I think that would be doable…I don’t know much about this though! I am going on Sept 15th to two shops (we are going about 3 hours away). I am hoping to find one on that day!!
Post # 4
I was engaged in December and started looking in January. It took till May for me to find my dress, but I was picky and upped my budget. Hopefully in September my gown will come in and I will hold on to it till its time for alterations.
Post # 5
That should def be doable!! I am going Aug 31. I am finishing up my last 2 semesters of nursing school, so I can’t be bothered to go then, so I’m trying to get it out of the way haha. I was told most dresses take 4-6 mo to come in.
Post # 6
@LoveLikeCrazy: Totally get that! I just finished grad school in May – I didn’t do a whole lot of planning while in school, interning full time, and working because, well I had no time lol. Good luck these last two semesters!
@Dixiesgirl: Wow – you’re on top of it! Congrats on finding your dress! I’ve been doing TONS of online looking – so I sorta have an idea of what I want – and I don’t have a body where all dresses will look good on me lol so that will narrow it down.
@kl1987: let us know how your shopping experience goes! Good luck!!
Post # 7
@sunkissed19: I suggest for a first appointment choose a bunch of different styles and fabrics, all completely different. It will give you a great idea of what is good and what is not.
I found I couldn’t do satin, the dresses looked gigantic on me for some reason. Ballgowns were ok but I am not into the princess thing and it isn’t something I would ever wear so that was canceled really quickly. Then it came down to structure, tried a column style, no real structure and it just looked like a lacey nightgown so again that style was out. It made it pretty easy to decide what I wanted in a dress. When you book other appointments you will know what works and what doesn’t.
🙂 You shouldn’t have a problem finding something! There is definitely a lot out there!
Post # 8
I’ve been engaged for over 2 years no and only went dress shopping last month! haha. I tried on about 10 dresses, but there was only 1 that I loved enough to buy (but I didn’t) I am going back in 2 weeks to different stores to try on some more, but if nothing else screams “THIS IS THE DRESS” to me, I’ll be getting the first one.
However, I will mention that it could pay to order online! The dress I tried on in the store was $1150, which is a good price, but I can buy it through the website of the makers of the dress for $830, and I found it on other websites for $350 (not sure how legit that one is though haha)
Post # 9
@Brace2014: I would definitely be careful of the $350 website. I was looking around for dresses online and came across some. I think they are just replicas. You can definitely find good deals on the internet for some of the name brand dresses though.
Post # 10
@REchick: haha Oh I know the $350 website is probbaly one to stay away from, which is why I said I’m not sure how legit it is. However, even if it is a replica, if you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a dress you’re gonna wear once, who cares if its not authentic!
But, if you want to ensure you won’t get scammed, then definately use well known company websites. There dresses will always be cheaper than the ones they sell in stores (Unless you can talk the seller down (: )
Post # 11
@sunkissed19: I was engaged at christmas and went dress shopping in april. It took me a week to find my dress. I am putting deposit down in october.
Post # 12
when are you starting to shop? I tried on dresses at 2 stores in April. I knew trying then would give me the best chance of having enough time to look for the best deal if I liked an expensive dress and, if I couldn’t find the expensive one within my budget, time to order a less expensive one with plenty of time for alterations.
If you do have it, when did you get it? in June.
How long did your search take? I looked online for a few weeks to figure out my contenders, then I tried them on at one store and didn’t feel like they were “me.” Then I had one last dress I wanted to try and the saleslady said the famous words- if you can raise your price point, you should forget about that last dress because I have one MUCH BETTER. She was right. (I planned all along to try ones on that were about double my budget knowing I’d buy them if about half off.) I fell for that dress. I already had another appointment set up, so I tried on dresses at one other shop (found an inexpensive plan b there). Then I started reviewing all dresses online to make sure there were none I’d like better than saleslady’s suggestion. Then I started looking to see if I could get expensive one in my budget and I lucked out. Tried on in April, bought and in my apt in June.
I just scheduled my first appointment for October 19- my goal is to find it before thanksgiving. That’s doable, right? Just depends on how well you know what you’ll want and how much what you’ll like is common/rare. October is when I’d planned to decide on my plan b inexpensive dress if I couldn’t find my expensive first choice on sale by then.
Post # 13
- Wedding: July 2015 - Los Willows Wedding Estate
Just made my first appointment for Sep 20th..have my dress search down to two dresses allure 8970 and allure 8966..hopefully I can decide that day once I try each one on.