(Closed) when to start looking for a dress?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
4014 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I would say too early would be if you are trying on dresses and you’re not engaged yet! Thats just me! Go try some on!!

Post # 4
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@bump:  I’ve always heard you shouldn’t start before a year in advance (you might change your mind, more time for dress regret ect). Though my wedding is August 2013 and I already have my dress in my possession so its not like I listen to my own advice. I started looking at dresses in magazines in Sept after I had been engaged a couple months, and I found the dress I wanted then. After I couldnt get it out of my head for 6 months I tried things on, and then when the perfect used listing showed up I just bought it. *If* I had will power, I would suggest trying to hold out until a year in advance. Plus, if you plan on or do change sizes, that can affect which styles look good on you and the size you order.

ETA: Unless you are trying them on just for fun or to vaguely get an idea of what you like. Definately too early to shop with intention of purchasing, but not too early to shop with intention to figure out what you like.

Post # 5
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@misschickpea:  Agree 100%!

You’re engaged! You’re excited! Go and try on any/all dresses NOW while there’s no pressure to make a snap decision on your first visit to a bridal boutique. AND When you find “the gown” you will know its the one for you, no matter what styles come out at a later date 😉

Happy shopping!

Post # 8
647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

My wedding date is about a week before yours and I’m not planning on shopping around until next November. I’m not sure why I’m waiting that long, I guess it’s probably because I don’t want to get my heart set on something now only to not be able to find it when I decide I’m ready to purchase a dress, plus I don’t want to face dress regret. I also don’t want to order too soon due to weight loss (yay) or weight gain (boo) It’s about a year and nine months away it will really stink if I were to buy a dress now only to go through alterations later and find out that it doesn’t really flatter my body anymore. If you can’t I’m a little bit of a worrier, that doesn’t stop me from looking at pictures and thinking of what I might want to try on.


Also, yay for another Nov. 2013 bride! I was feeling sort of alone on here, haha.

Post # 9
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Not too early to try on dresses!  I’m getting married August 2012 and bought mine in July 2011.  Fell in love with a dress right away.  Enjoy trying on dresses!!

Post # 10
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I started late (January for September wedding) and regretted it.  But I am super duper picky and need to exhaust all my options (or feel like I did) before making a decision. 

If you are spontaneous and you think you might buy a dress early, don’t do it.  But if you want to see what your options are, and get a feel for what you might like, what looks good on you, etc, then definitely start now!  It’s never too early to get a feel for what you’ll like and what the prices are like!

I am also sad that I missed a lot of trunk shows and sample sales, and I won’t be able to visit them because of my time crunch.  There are a lot of trunk shows going on now – maybe you should visit some of them because it’s a good way to meet designers and see their entire line.

Post # 11
432 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We still have a year and a half but i’ve tried dresses on. 

I don’t intend to buy yet. The lady at the bridal shop said I should come in again towards the end of the year 🙂

Post # 12
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I ordered mine 1 year and 3 months from my wedding- it will take 8 months for the order to come in, plus however much time it takes for alterations.  I love having the dress done so I can focus on other aspects of the planning.  The only thing I didn’t like about shopping early was the odd looks some vendors gave me when I told them my wedding date, so if you can ignore that, go for it.

Post # 13
8472 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I tried on my first dress 1 year before my wedding date.  But I knew going in that I was not even attempting to purchase.  I just wanted to have a little fun with it.

I ordered my dress in early November and it came in April.  Sometimes it depends on the designer. 

So I say have some fun with it in the fall… then do your actual purchasing in early winter.

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