(Closed) When to dress shop?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1438 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

It depends on how long it takes the dress to come in, some designers are different. I would say latest April, just to make sure you get it in time & have all of your fittings.

Post # 4
1217 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I would say do a little preliminary research to find out which designers you like, and then find out how long the designer’s dresses typically take to come in. I went dress shopping in February, and I ordered my Allure dress then. It didn’t come in until late June… i.e. over 4 months later! So don’t cut it too close, you will want to leave some time for alterations and you don’t want to be a nervous wreck!

Also, if you are concerned that you will continue to lose weight after you order your dress, you should focus on dresses that have lace-up corsets, which make the dresses really adjustable. Those are much more forgiving for your size and can help with weight loss OR weight gain. And remember that if you do lose weight after you order your dress, it can always be taken in 🙂

Post # 5
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@MsVoyageur:  Excellent advice.

To add to that, I definitely second the notion of doing some research and maybe even a few visits to bridal boutiques to get a solid idea of what you’re going to want and which designers you’ll be most interested in. Once you know where you’ll want to shop and/or the designer of your dress, you will be able to get a pretty accurate turnaround time for dress production and delivery. I didn’t start dress shopping until about six months prior to my wedding day. For some brides that would have been cutting it close because some designers take 4-6 months to produce a dress, while others take mere weeks.

Since your wedding is in August and peak wedding season (which means higher demand for wedding dresses and longer productions times), I wouldn’t suggest shopping/buying any later than February/March – just to be safe.

Post # 6
8394 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would wait as long as you possibly can without cutting it too close. I lost 45 lbs after buying my original dress, and taking the dress down 3-4 sizes was going to cost a fortune in alterations. And even then the seamstress was concerned that the cup area would still not look right. I ended up buying a new dress off the rack in a completely different style that I never could have pulled off at my previous weight, and I love it.

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