(Closed) When to shop?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I know when I talked to some dress shops, it could take 9 months to get your dress.  Many come from over seas and if it gets lost or there is a slow down, you could be out of luck.  If you are willing to pick one off the rack, then there isn’t a problem with time.  However, I would do it as soon as possible.  Just about all dresses need to be altered so if you lose more weight, no big deal to get it taken in.

Post # 4
3371 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I always thought a year out would be a good time to start looking, assuming you then make a decision around 10 months before the wedding. Dresses can take as long as nine months to come in, depending on the designer. I would make a reasonable guess at your post weight-loss size, and go from there. Remember it’s always easier to alter down than up, there are also horror stories of bees who haven’t been able to shed quite the amount of weight they assumed they would, and then having to work out how to fit into their dresses!

Post # 6
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@luluvohn:  I personally waited until January to actually start going to bridal shops (11 months out). I purchased my dress at the beginning of February and it should be there in July (They told me 4-6 months). I think it all depends on where you get it, and how detailed the dress is.

Post # 7
571 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I purchased my dress in August and my wedding is in May. It came in last week (8 months) so I was slightly panicking for a bit. I’m starting my alterations today. You could always go out and try on all the different styles ahead of time to narrow it down so that when you go you can focus on what you like? 

Post # 8
8694 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@luluvohn:  i got engaged at the end of february and my wedding is in october. (8 months total).  i started dress shopping in march.

i went to a few different places, 1 place told me 8 months but they could make it work without rushing if i ordered that day, another place was 3 months.  the place where i got my dress was 5 months.

it all depends on the dress shop. 

at some of the places i went to, girls were dress shopping a year and a haf in advance.  (styles and tastes change in that time.) most were shocked when i told them my wedding was in 7 1/2 months.


Post # 9
11238 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@luluvohn: Mine only took 4 months to come in, it does depend on the designer which I’m sure PP’s have mentioned (I’m on a mission this evening to get stuff done so haven’t looked at previous posts) I’d allow at least a year before as it can take a while firstly to find the ideal shape of dress let alone THE one 

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