(Closed) When do you go wedding dress shopping?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

My wedding will be in May next year and I plan to go dress shopping in July/August. I need to lose a bit of weight first and I just don’t have the time to make a weekday appointment right now so it seemed like the best time to go. I’m also worried that I will change my mind on what I want between then and now, and I think I should have my venue sorted first. Having said that, friends and family are really pushing hard for me to go shopping now.

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

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faithschad :  I secured the venue and made my dress appointments for after I knew I’d be looking at places, although I already knew the overall vibes I wanted, which helps dictate what kind of dress you’ll pick. I will say, though, I thought 7 months was plenty, but I was met with “ooooh, ok, well, yes we should be able to figure something out” at nearly every boutique I went to. They weren’t in panic mode yet, but it seemed like earlier could have been better. I think if you overall know what type of venue and style you’re going for, you can go as soon as you like!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I went a year out, but it probably wasn’t necessary to go that early. I was just excited. It took 5 months for my dress to come in, and I’ll have alterations starting in a few weeks with a final fitting the week before the wedding. The wedding is in early July. 

I’d think 7-9 months is a good amount of time, but you may want to call some dress boutiques in your area and ask what they recommend. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

14 months out. The dress shops said it was really early. It turned out to be a good thing I got it early because we moved our wedding up by 6 months.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

9 months is good I think. I went around that time. It took my dress 5 months to get in but it really depends on the designer.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Lol,  I went as soon as I got engaged,  so 5 months out.  That doesn’t enough time to have anything made with time for alterations since most every company seems to have a standard 16 weeks for dress construction.  Plus 3-6 weeks for alterations on top of that.  If I were having a longer engagement,  I would have gone for 9 months out.  That’s enough time to make the dress,  have alterations,  and have a cushion,  but not too much time so you have a lot more time to find something else or gain and lose weight so as to make the alterations useless. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

My wedding is in September. I’ve book appointments for the end of this month.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

I went 9 months out and that was ideal. It took 4 months for my dress to come in once it was ordered. Alterations took a while too. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

My wedding is in May 2019 and I have my first appointment at the end of this month. I wasn’t planning to go until this summer but my out of town Maid/Matron of Honor will be here and I wanted to go with her. Otherwise I would’ve waited until about 9 months out.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I would go anywhere between 9 months and 14 months out.  I wouldn’t do less than 9 just in case it takes a while for you to decide on a dress and then add order, construction, shipping, and alteration time on top of that.  But I also wouldn’t shop really far ahead in case you change you mind on what you want or your venue or something.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

I started right away, and it ended up being about 11 months before my wedding date. I visited numerous bridal salons before I finally had some luck, so I’m glad that I started early.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I started looking a little over a year out, but didn’t make a decision or order the dress until about 9.5 months before. Some dresses can take up to 6 months to come in so it’s better to start looking earlier rather than later. I ordered end of Dec. 2016 and my dress was in in the beginning of May. Luckily I didn’t need any alterations other than a bustle so I can’t really speak to how long that takes, but that’s another area where extra time is better. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee

i would say, as early as you can. for us, we had to reschedule the wedding a couple times due to unexpected life events ( beverement, moving across the country etc) . but i had very particular tastes and wanted a vintage turn of the century bridal look, long opaque sleeves, high neckline and a bit like royal wedding style –  and an antique dress and veil. i did consider having it made, but i am terrible at design. so i had to find the dresses, buy them online and get them shipped to try them on.

so when we got the first date i had about 3 months to get a dress, and it was pretty bad but i thought it was cool at the time, and good for our small informal venue. you guys on here helped me out. in the end i dontated to charity. but i would say it took me around 4 years to find a dress that i loved, and i guess it will need 6 months for alterations. so thats why i say, get shopping asap and dont buy unless you LOVE love it. but when you do love it buy it, you can always sell it idf you see something better later.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

I think it depends what your priorities are for the dress and what kind of time line you’re working with.

If you’re going the standard route, then you’ll want to get your dress ordered 8-9 months out from your wedding date. Dress construction will average typically 4-6 months, then you need to allow 2-3 months for alterations. Plenty of brides make it work on a shorter time line, they either don’t need alterations or they buy off the rack, or pay for their dress to be rushed.

Going with a custom dressmaker can be completely different, it depends on what their workload is , what season you’re looking for and how many projects they take on a year. Which is the route I’ve gone, mine does a limited number of dresses each year, as she does all her design and manufacturing herself. I put my deposit down early, 20 months in advance because it was really important to me to work with her. I’ve already had my design appointment, and now she’s looking for fabrics and laces. Once she finds those I confirm the choices with her, then I have nothing until draping and measuring 3 months out. Then 2-3 fittings, and dress comes home with me 1-2 weeks prior. That process will be different for each designer as well.

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