When do you go wedding dress shopping?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I got my dress in september and it will be ready for september. 

Post # 18
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

faithschad :  No, they were acting like 7 months was barely enough time! So I would say go sooner rather than later 🙂

Post # 19
731 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

I got my dress before we even had a date haha. He proposed in August, I got my dress in October and in November we decided we’d get married March 2019. I’m a very decisive person, though. I think a year is the ideal amount of time to keep your options open and allow time for orders and alterations. 

Post # 20
1181 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

faithschad :  I went dress shopping about 1 month after getting engaged (we’ll only be engaged for 13 months before getting married this August!). The dress took just over 6 months to come in as it was made by a designer. I am planning on getting some pretty major alterations done (customizing basically the entire dress to make my dream, perfect fit dress!). I would give yourself at least 8-9 months but it does depend on the timing of your wedding (ie: if you’re getting married in peak wedding season, June/July/August/September, alterations will take longer. Good luck Bee!

Post # 21
86 posts
Worker bee

I think 9 months is safe.

My dress was estimated to be 4-5 months out, and then alterations can take a month or two depending if you want to pay to expedite it.

Post # 22
1938 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

I went dress shopping as soon as we had our church booked and our reception venue booked. 13 months before we got married

Post # 23
464 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

faithschad :  i went once i knew my date and venue because some designers take as long as 9 months.  I said yes to my dress at kleinfeld in july and my dress came into the store in january.  Once its in you can schedule your alterations. 

Post # 24
3712 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I think it depends on whether or not you have a good idea of what you want. I had a very clear vision of what I wanted my dress to look like. I showed the consultant pictures and she was able to pull dresses that matched my vision. I only tried on 5 dresses and found my dress the first day I went shopping. I ordered 7 months before the wedding. That was cutting it a little close, but my dress came in within 3 months. I know other designers could take a good bit longer. I think 9 months is a safe bet. I wouldn’t want to order much earlier than that because you might run into dress regret. 

Post # 25
2780 posts
Sugar bee

I went 5 months before the wedding which was cutting it really close according to the shop owners! I’d probably recommend doing it 7-8 months before. You want to give yourself some time to find something, but if you do it too soon then your body (or tastes) may have changed by the time the wedding rolls around.

I scoffed a bit when the shop owners told me to buy a size down because I wasn’t planning on doing any crazy dieting just for the wedding. but by the time the wedding rolled around I’d lost 10lbs of stress weight and had to have it taken in. 

Post # 26
732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I did some browsing about 18 months beforehand to get an idea of silhouettes. I was going to start properly looking about a year beforehand as I’m usually indecisive, but the designer I liked most had a trunk show locally 13 months before so I got my dress then. It turned up 4 months later, but had to be sent back as they’d sewn it wonky. The replacement turned up the other week (6 months before the date), they had forgotten to sew the attachings for the detachable sleeves! The local seamstress is going to fix it as I couldn’t face sending it back again to turn up with potentially anogher, bigger issue. A year to 9 months beforehand I’d say is the sweet spot, earlier if you know you’re indecisive, later if you have a solid idea of what you want. 

Post # 27
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

My wedding is May 2019 and I bought my dress in early March. I loved it and didnt see the point in waiting.

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