(Closed) When should I start shopping?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
586 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

With 9 months until the wedding, I would start right away. It can take 4-6 months for a dress to come in (unless you are buying a sample, etc). After that you are likely to need some alterations which generally will take a couple of months unless you pay a rush fee. I would personally want to make sure I was as un-rushed as possible and also leave time for error if there are any issues with the dress as ordered. I think you have time, I would just want to order as soon as possible.

Post # 3
740 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Probably soon honestly, like the PP said – dress can take up to 6 months to come in, then alterations and you’ll also usually go back in the month of the wedding to make sure everything is all set too. There’s no huge rush but I would definitely start to narrow it down because it’s really a process when you’re trying to find *the* dress.

I would start looking once you decide on a venue OR decide on a venue when you have a look in mind already. Remember that what looks good on paper/others isn’t always going to look the same on you and trying it on is by far the best choice first. Have you watched Say Yes to the Dress any? That can give you a little bit of a peek at other brides’ problems and also show off a couple dress styles on different body types 😊

Post # 4
462 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Miami

msmistis:  As soon as you can, and definitely no later than February. Some dresses can take 6 or more months to come in. And while I’ve heard they usually get here faster, mine actually came a month later than I was told (luckily I still have two months before the wedding, whew!).

You also probably won’t get something the first time you try stuff on. My experience (and for several of my friends) was that what I had in mind wasn’t exactly what I ended up liking when I tried them on. Not saying you think you want a simple sheath and end up with a big blingy ballgown. But like I thought I wanted some kind of lace back but ended up hating everything with straps and sleeves and realized that the most flattering look for me was strapless with a sweatheard neckline. So you’ll probably have to go home after your first appoinment, look up more dresses similar to what you liked, shop around. 

It also doesn’t have to be a total mission (I found mine on the second shopping trip), but you want to give yourself time to go to several shops. Get started asap! 🙂

Post # 6
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Start now! I thought I would pick a dress right away, but it took over a month and 10 dress shops later to finally decide! Most designers say like 6-8 months or something to come in, and then you need alterations. Start now, and have fun!!

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