(Closed) When to try on dresses?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Should I try on dresses before or after the semester?
    Before- Being a little early wont hurt! : (24 votes)
    55 %
    After- You'll have plenty of time! : (20 votes)
    45 %
  • Post # 3
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    1252 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Oops I voted wrong!  I got married in November and my sister is getting married in October, and you really have until around March/April to order your dress (I ordered mine in May and it came in August – Watters).  So you can definitely wait until after the semester, no need to rush it and regret it later!

    Post # 5
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    5670 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I got married in August 2010 and I bought my dress in May 2009. I have no regrets about it and I wasn’t stressed at all. It also depends on the designer for delivery time. The designer I chose estimate 8 months, it came in much earlier, but if it didn’t and I order my dress later then I may have panicked a little.

    Post # 6
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    1252 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    @thepainter:  I am fresh off of shopping with my sister for her dress for her October wedding and not a single shop said there would be any issues with getting any of the dresses we looked at in on time (we were shopping in March/April).  I think in April we were getting tight, and if she had waited until May it would have definitely required a rush order, but don’t stress out!  You can always start looking now, but know that you have plenty of time.  Bridal salons are a lot like car dealerships – they do not want you to walk out that door without buying a dress and will tell you that it takes much longer than it actually does to get in, ugh, I hate high-pressure sales!

    Post # 7
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    1042 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Do your bridal stores have the new fall 2012 collection already? I am getting married summer 2013 so I want to wait for the new collection in my area!

    Althought I already bought my dress in May… I now regret buying so soon. Make sure if you do go early to try and try and try on dresses!!! I only tried on a few and was caught up in the moment and bought one. Thankfully I can return it. 

    Post # 8
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    10 posts
    Newbee

    You can certainly wait until after the semester. I’d recommend shopping about 8 months in advance just to allow enough time to narrow down your choices and really figure out what style works best for your body type. You always want to allow almost 4 months for alterations as well. Even when you order a bridal gown, you most likely will need some minimal alterations including a hem and bustle. 

    Ordering time for most gowns are about 6 months but some do arrive within 3-4 months, depends on the designer. 

     

    Goodluck and Happy Shopping!

    Allison

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    Post # 9
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    Newbee

    @raisedonrobbery:  The end of July beginning of August the Fall 2012 styles should be hitting the stores. That’s great that the store will let you return the gown you already bought. Remember this time when you go shopping, just to enjoy the moment and maybe try a few different styles, some you may not like on the hanger you could love once you see it on! I see brides all the time come into the store and look for something very simple and walk out with a completely beaded gown! You never know!

    Goodluck and Happy Shopping!

     

    Allison

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    Post # 10
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    5921 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    As long as you are confident in your taste, early is fine! I bought mine in July 2009 for a December 2010 wedding, and never had any dress regret.  If you’re afraid something else will strike your eye, I would advise waiting!

    Post # 11
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    8329 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I wish I would have waited as long as possible to try on dresses. I really didn’t know what I wanted at first, so the dress I originally bought didn’t really end up fitting my “vision” once things were more planned out. And then I lost like 40 lbs…needless to say I ended up with a second dress lol.

    Post # 13
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I only had a 4 month engagement so I’m not one to really share expertise on this lol. But I did just want to say from someone who did experience a lot of dress regret and didn’t have any time to do something about it, here’s what I think some of the pros and cons are.

    If you go early it does give you plenty of time in case mistakes are made, to make alterations to the dress if you want to change bigger things, or if you end up realizing that you hate your dress, you’ll probably have sell/buy new time.

    If you go later then it gives you a little more research time. Like go on and try a ton of dresses, really narrow down what you want and then you can really be prepared to buy the best of the best when you are ready to buy. This would also help minimize dress regret.

    I’m coming from a heavy dress regret place because of what I went through and I hate to see other brides also have to deal with that. I hope this helped in any way. 

    Post # 14
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    424 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I vote after.  It will be nice to have a little extra time to research dresses and which boutiques you want to go to and I think you’ll have less time to change your mind.  Plus if they come out with new styles you’ll be able to try them on too.  Most of the dresses when I went to try on dresses were much more simple than they have become in the last couple months and lace wasn’t as much in style…at the very least I wish I’d had a chance to try on a few of them (like the pink Lazaro, Gemma).

    Post # 15
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    23609 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    It’s okay for you to start now, IMO.  Mostly it’s when girls start to try dresses on 2 years in advance that it becomes a problem (dress regret, and the like).  Happy shopping! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Post # 16
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    2965 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    My wedding was originally a year away when I purchased my first dress. Then I had dress regret, bought a 2nd dress, then started having regrets about EVERYTHING and changed the wedding date to 6 months away and didn’t like my 2nd dress when it came in. So now I’m 5 months and counting down to my wedding and I don’t have a dress!!! I would say wait… your taste will completely change. Focus on the venue, photographer, colors and decor first. Then find a dress fitting for the vision you are going for. I thought I was completely confident in my decisions, I usually am, but because a wedding is a whole new ballpark I know nothing about, it has left me completely baffled and 2nd guessing EVERYTHING. Just saying from experience. 

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