(Closed) When Can I Start Dress Shopping?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

asobos:  Ha! Not by a long shot. I also chose my venue 2 weeks after I got engaged and that was after visiting about 12-15 places. I am not getting married in a church either but my uncle is officiating so I’ll definitely be toning down the sexy. lol

Post # 18
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Helper bee

asobos:  I blew all the “rules” haha. I know my general theme and feel, but haven’t set a date yet (we still might elope). I found a dress I loved right after I got engaged and bought it. It was only $240 and nontraditional but exactly what I wanted. Unless you plan on losing/gaining weight and you know what you like I say why not?! Plus you can go dress shopping and not actually buy anything. 

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

You can look whenever you want! Some dresses can take up to 8 months to be ready. I would say to start looking next summer. No one will stop you from trying some on in the meantime though πŸ™‚

Post # 20
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I bought mine 14 months out because I found THE ONE online and it almost sold out in my size, so I went for it. No regrets. If you do buy early like I did, my alterations people suggested that they could do the hem and bustle alterations immediately and hold off on fitting the body portion until we’re closer to the big day, in case I lose/ gain anything in the next year.Β 

Post # 21
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Newbee

My wedding is in August 2017 and I also wondered if it was too early to start looking but my best friend booked an appointment for me when I visited her in October πŸ™‚ I actually fell in love with the first dress I tried on but couldn’t commit and have now been to 5 bridal stores! I’ve tried on a few contenders but they didn’t give me the same feels and didn’t photograph as well when I looked back at pics on my phone. I still look at the pictures of the first dress and think it’s the one but will still look around for the next 3-4 months just to be sure! 

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee

asobos:  I think the sweet spot is 1.5 -1 years before. It can take a while to find the right dress, so you want to allow lots of time (weeks-months) but you also want to wait so that you don’t regret what you pick (especially when new lines come out right after you pick). I went shopping about a year before the wedding… it worked out well, but my dress took a LONG TIME to come in about 8 months (was quoted 7), so I didn’t feel I too much time with it being in the shop. Personally I felt great relief when I “found it” picked it out and that part of wedding stress was over, so I would encourage you to do it sooner rather than later, but at the same time if you do it too soon you will open youreself up to major “dress regret” potential or maybe get bored with the one you choose. But it sure is great to have already picked it out which is an important factor for so many other choices youll make. 

Post # 23
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017 - Northern Territory, Australia

Congratulations on your engagement!!

I am July 2017. I went dress shopping interstate with my Mum and sisters in November this year. I wasn’t expecting to find my dress but I did. I didn’t order it though as I wanted to see if the shop at home stocked it. They didn’t but they can order it in.. and if I order when the trunk show is on in January 2016 it will arrive in August – September 2016! I will NEED alternations done as my bottom half is a size bigger than my top half and it’s a fitted dress so having these 11-10 months as an alteration buffer zone is okay for me.

Maybe this is something you need to think about too??  

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I just got engaged a week ago and I’m going in February! My wedding will likely be early 2017.

Oh and CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Post # 25
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Busy bee

Congratulations! You can always start to look now, but honestly I would wait about 9 months before the date. For 2 main reasons; your taste might change, and there will be new styles that you migt fall inlove with and regret you rushed. 

Im also a 2017 bride and theres no way Ill start now because I know my taste in wedding dresses has been slightly changing each year. 

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Ever After Banquet Hall

My advice? You can start looking when you are ready to buy it, but probably no later than 9 months before the wedding. There is nothing worse than going shopping, just for fun, just to “get an idea,” and accidentally stumbling on the gown of your dreams and you aren’t prepared to get it. There is nothing wrong with going to get an idea, but you need to be mentally prepared for what you would do if you just happened to find it.

While details like venue, decorations, etc… are nice to have ironed out when you shop, your gown, first and foremost, needs to be a reflection of who you are and your personality, not your venue. Choosing a gown based on anything else could tend to make you feel more like you are wearing a costume that day than rocking it out in all your bridal glory πŸ˜‰ When you find the gown, it won’t matter where your wedding is, what time of day it is, what your friend’s sister’s neighbor’s aunt’s cousin’s favorite gown is, it will be perfect, because it will be you

I guess, if you want, you can take my advice with a grain of salt. I started selling wedding gowns when I was 18, and I am now 40 (eek!). So a lot of what I just said can sound like the “salesperson who just wants you to buy the dress today.” It’s not, I promise. In 22 years, I have seen it all. LOL I have seen brides come in, love a gown, come back months later, and it’s no longer available. I have seen brides order way in advance, change wedding plans, think they need to change gown, and end up sticking with the original because it was perfect for them regardless of the setting. Moral of my tale? There is no such thing as getting your gown too early….but you can be too late πŸ˜‰

Oh, and for what it’s worth, I am getting married in May, 2016, and ordered my gown in January, 2015. And no, I did not have my venue booked yet at that point πŸ˜‰

 

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017 - The Tall Ship Elissa, Galveston, TX

xstitchgal75:Β  This is the best post I have seen on the Bee in a while. Excellent advice!! I’m always surprised when so many posters say your dress choice depends on your venue and such… I’m getting married on an 1877 tall ship — should I wear a pirate costume or something?? You have to choose what makes you feel like the most beautiful version of YOU… that’s all that really matters.

And timeline-wise, I started looking early because our budget is tight and I figured it would take me a while to narrow down what looked best and made me the happiest, and then I would need to stalk sales for a good long time. After several different dress-trying-on excursions, I found The One — and then immediately found it as an online sample for a ridiculously awesome price. It’s in my happy hands now, and our wedding isn’t until March 2017. πŸ™‚

I’m just excited I get to put it on again today to meet with a local seamstress and talk about alterations! πŸ˜€

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Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Ever After Banquet Hall

Thanks  and you’re welcome. 

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I went early but only because I was with my sister cross-country for Thanksgiving and we wanted to take advantage of being on the same coast.  But even though I have a pretty good sense of what feel I want, I felt like not having a venue was a hindrance.  I’m trying to wait until I have that locked down, but also not too long because I want to get married next year (possibly June) and dresses take a while.  I’m hoping it will all be settled by January!

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