(Closed) When is the ideal time to buy your gown?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Amber- Yep you still have time.  The dress depends on the designer.  I bought a Maggie Sottero and it took 6 months to come in.  My friend bought her’s at David’s Bridal not sure the designer and it took a few months.  You might start the search process after the holidays because it can take you a few trips to find the one you like.

Have fun shopping! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 4
1816 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I think at least 6 months prior is the general rule.  It also depends on which designer you go with (production times), whether you buy a sample, and how long you need for any alterations.  I think you have plenty of time, and could definitely wait until the holidays are over since you said you are busy.  If you do buy a dress far in advance, STOP LOOKING once you have made your selection! I had a friend who did not, and she second guessed her purchase all the way to the wedding date. ๐Ÿ™

Post # 5
806 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would say start your search by January if you think it may take you a few trips to find/pick the one.  That should leave you plenty of time for any designer, and for the alterations process without having to pay for rush service.

Post # 6
271 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’d say 6 months in advance is good…most gowns should arrive by then and give you ample time for alterations…I’m getting married August 1, and picked mine in August and put it on a layaway plan, but will actually be ordering it in January…that might even be a tad early…

I also second to stop looking once you have decided.  I didn’t, and had so many second thoughts and mini freak outs that my Fiance couldn’t hep me with…Instead of waiting and wondering, I went back to the bridal shop on TWO different occassions to re-try my dress on…both times I fell more in love and felt reassured ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
16191 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Anywhere from a year to six months. Just don’t wait so long that you have trouble getting all of the alterations, etc in. Also, having your gown helps you choose hairstyle, accessories, bridesmaids dresses, etc… ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck!

Post # 8
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’ve heard that tons of brides (who got engaged on Christmas) flood the stores in January.  You might want to start shopping in December.

Post # 9
3709 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

If you have a mental picture of your dream dress, I say the sooner you start trying on the better, in case you need to get something custom made. I personally waited until the last minute and LUCKED up by finding the perfect dress for me….but I definitely wouldn’t recommend it ( I will say if I had known about my wedding sooner, I would have looked sooner…the Fiance surprised me)

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