(Closed) When did you find the right wedding dress?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My wedding is in June and I went shopping in August. I only went to one store and found the one after trying on 7 dresses! I don’t think it’s a bad thing to shop around. . . it’ll give you a good idea of what you’re looking for and what looks good on your body type. You definitely want to give yourself enough time for them to order the dress (mine was estimated 4-6 months for arrival, but came in in 3 weeks!) and at least 2 months for alterations. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I started to look almost as soon as I got engaged, I have tried on alot of dresses and I found one that I really loved about 2 weeks ago.  I would say shop sooner rather than later just in case it takes a little longer to find that perfect dress.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

I browsed as soon as I got engaged, but didn’t want to go shopping until 9-10 months out so I looked online and in magazines for 3 months after our engagement, bought my dress at the first shop I went to 🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I bought my dress exactly 1 year before my wedding. I didn’t expect to find a dress that day, but I fell in love with a dress at the second store. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I went to 4 or 5 shops up to a year before our wedding.  Didn’t find anything I loved, so June of this year, I contracted with a designer to have one custom made.  We’ve been engaged since August 2011, so I spent a lot of time looking before I was ready to buy.  I even went to David’s Bridal before I was engaged!  (though I don’t recommend it, and he proposed the next day!)

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

My wedding is April 2013 and I started shopping March 2012 (at the time I thought the wedding would be in Feb or March of 2013). I hadn’t planned on buying right away, but I actually found my dress at the first shop I went to.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I bought mine 17 months before the wedding. I have a 27 month engagement though and I couldn’t wait anymore to start looking. I went dress shopping 18 months before the wedding and decided which dress I wanted. Then I waited for it to show up as aused listing. It just happened to be listed 17 months before the wedding. I thought it would take a lot longer to find such a specific used dress, but it happened to work out well for me. Now its just sitting in my closet waiting to be altered. You should probably start going to stores about 10 months before your wedding and looking through magazines for ideas anytime before then.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

We got engaged 2 years ago.  I started looking immediately and I ended up purchasing a dress Feb 2011.  It came in about this time last year and I love my dress but we’ve pushed our wedding date back for several reasons.  We were supposed to be married Sept 1 of this year but now we are looking at Sept 27, 2014.  And our wedding style has changed since we originally started planning.  The “theme” was going to be fun, blingy with fall themes thrown in (like pumpkins with colorful ribbons and crystals glued to them).  Now our theme is more fall, rustic, romantic and I don’t feel my dress is what I’m going for.

I try on a dress I found on a website and fell in love with (all lace, fit and flare, sweetheart neck) next Sunday so I will decide if I want to purchase another dress and sell my first dress (first dress was $600, this second dress is $2000) or if my first dress will work just fine.  See pictures below:

My dress: Maggie Sottero Monroe

Dress I’m drooling over: Maggie Sottero Alana

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

First appointment, first dress. It was just like OMG! 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We were engaged for a month before I started looking.  I went to about 4 boutiques and tried on what felt like a million dresses.  Took a 2 week break and on a random night my mother and I went to a local bridal boutique and I found *the dress*.  Ordered my dress 17 months before my wedding date … crazy I know BUT I absolutely loved it and had to have it. It look approx. 7 1/2 months for the dress to come in.  It’s perfect noooo dress regret here!  It’s currently in their climate controlled warehouse and will be there for approx. 8 months til alterations time.   

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I went shopping 2 months before the wedding, and bought one the same day.  It took about 3 hours, if you include my friends and I stopping for lunch.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I started looking online for what I liked before we were ever engaged (and fell totally in love with a dress from the picture). About a month after we were engaged, I went to one store with just my mom with the sole purpose of trying on a variety of shapes to see what looked good on me – I was very honest with the sales person and they totally understood and helped immensely. I only went to one other store, tried on about 13-15 dresses today (over both stores) and bought the one I feel in love with online. I bought it about 11 months before the wedding. Since they told me it will take 6-8 months to come in, I guess I needed to go so early!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Manhattan Church Rec Center

@NurseMandie:  I love that lace dress. don’t you wish you could exchange at value if the dress is the same designer. But I understand that each dress is measured, cut an made for each individual bride….darn…

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