(Closed) when is a good time to start dress shopping?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
838 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@casey219:  I think you should definitely start looking now. Some dresses can take up to 6 months or more to come in. Just because you start shopping now doesnt mean you’ll find a dress right away either and you have to get alterations done 4-6 weeks before the wedding so I suggest looking on line to get some ideas. When you do find some you like bring photos with you to show your consultant for your appointment. 

I had my first and only appointment this past March. I ordered my dress that day and it came in beginning of June so mine took 3 months, but they said it could take up to 6 months if they got backed up. Good Luck!

Post # 18
293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Definitely agree you should wait till yu have a venue.


I actually think you shouldnt look too much online (fabrics, colors, etc). The problem with looking too much is that you get an idea in your head that may not necessarily be what fits well or even what you actually like. Dresses are so different when you try them on. My suggestion is to look every once in a while, but don’t look too much.

I looked just a little bit and knew I really liked lace. But I didn’t look enough to know much about what style I wanted. When I went, I tried on a few different styles, and the one I thought I didn’t like, was the one I loved!

Post # 19
293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

By the way, I got my dress in July and my wedding is next August.

Post # 20
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

My wedding is next December.  I went just to look and happened to find THE dress.  Turns out that my designer is currently running about 7 months to get the dress here & then with some customization that I’m doing will need about 3 months for alterations.  My salon gave me the option to put the deposit on the dress (during a trunk show) and come in to get measured in February.  

If you find one you’re head over heels for, see if your local shop will do a similar thing for you.  I love knowing that I have some time to continue to slowly lose weight before getting measured.  

Post # 21
718 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Not to freak you out but I got engaged in October 2012.  Bought my dress in November 2012.  I STILL DON’T HAVE IT.  They swear it’s shipping at the end of this month, but I’m not holding my breath.  If you can afford to, and have an idea what you want….don’t wait.  Anything could happen!

Post # 22
44 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

Honestly, I don’t see any reason to wait. I bought my dress 14 months before my wedding, and  I still love it as much as the day I chose it. As someone who is really in the middle of crunch time (3 weeks from Saturday, eek!) I am grateful that the dress is all purchased, altered, and ready to wear. It’s just one less thing to worry about!

Post # 23
8469 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I say start at 10 months. 

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