When Did You Start Seriously Shopping For Your Dress?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2018

My wedding is August of this year and I started dress shopping September of last year and more seriously in October. I bought my dress in October and it ended up arriving in January. I think once I started dress shopping, I got so excited about it and ended up finding the one pretty quickly. 

From what I’ve heard from other brides, timelines can really vary from salon and designer. Some dresses can take 6 months to order and then you want to leave 2 months for alterations so 8 months out should be a safe bet. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee

Most dresses take at least 6 months to order, some more, so I would say like PP 8 months at least.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

My wedding is in July; I started shopping for dresses July of last year, and purchased my first dress in August. Full disclosure, I purchased a second dress in May (!!) but they are rushing the dress for me to get it in in time. I would start looking earlier rather than later so that you can be completely happy with the way the dress looks *in your size*, once it arrives in the mail. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I started right after we locked down our venue in February, for our October wedding. This was just in time since it will take 6 months for the dress to come in and 2 months for alterations. I found my dress at the third salon I visited and ordered it the following week. The whole thing took 2 weeks from beginning of search to ordering.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I started seriously shopping one year out, and bought my dress 10 months out. I would go shopping as soon as you finalize your venue!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

The weekend after getting engaged/7 weeks before the wedding. Don’t do that lol. But on the upside I don’t have time to have any dress regret lol

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I was a little ahead of schedule. My wedding is in October, but I started last August because there was a big trunk show happening near where I live. I didn’t end up finding anything there and ultimately bought my dress last October, almost exactly a year to my wedding. Even though it was earlier than needed, it was nice to have one big thing accomplished and be able to focus on other details. Plus, I’ve had a lot of time to decide on shoes and accessories! My one concern was that if I went to early I might buy a dress and then change my mind, but that didn’t end up being an issue.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

We got engaged on Christmas, set a date/locked in our venue in early January, went on vacation, and I pretty much started dress shopping immediately after that! I felt like I wouldn’t be able to concentrate on anything else wedding-related until I found my dress. I ended up finding my dress in February 2018 for my April 2019 wedding. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

It depends if you are buying something that has to be ordered, or if you are shopping off the rack. I bought my dress 9 months before my wedding but it came from a bridal outlet and I was able to take it home with me. That gave me plenty of time for alterations (and to get in shape haha).

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

I got engaged Christmas Eve 2017, finalized venue April 2018, am going dress shopping in late July 2018, getting married early May 2019. We were going to go dress shopping in late September so I’d have more time to lose weight (34 lbs down, ~10-20 left to go!), but I thought that would be too late. I think ordering the dress 9-10 months before the wedding is ideal!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

I never got seriously shopping, as I found my dress on a whim, but I was intending to start 12 months out.

Post # 13
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Busy bee

I started shopping seriously the weekend after I got engaged, so 9 months before the wedding.

I think you should find your venue first. Certain dress styles work best in certain venues, and not others. A big ballgown for instance might look a little odd in a barn.

Allow at least 9 months. My dress was ordered the first week of March and won’t arrive to the store until August or September (it’s coming from Spain to the US). Then there are alterations appointments. I’d rather have the dress in too early than too late! 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

I got engaged in September of last year and will be married next February.  I started shopping last October, so, more than a year out.  I appreciated the time to explore different designers, colors, etc. and it gave me time to be able to take advantage of a trunk show discount.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I had intended on starting casually looking a year out, ramping up the efforts towards 10 months out with a goal of getting sorted by 9 months out. A trunk show for Sottero and Midgley came to a local salon just over the 12 months out, and that’s when I got my dress!

My first dress arrived just over 3 months after ordering. It got sent back due to sewing issues, and the second dress arrived 4 months after ordering (again, with issues, but ones I could fix locally!) – I’m glad I had the extra buffer time!

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