Post # 1
I know the general suggestion for when to try on dresses is a year or less before your wedding. But since we are getting married in October 2013, and this fall is going to be my last semester of school (and very, very busy) I was wondering if I should try to go shopping before or after the semester ends. Before would be the end of July or beginning of August, so maybe 14 months before the wedding. After the semester ends I would probably have time in January so around 9 months before the wedding. I’ve heard it can take up to 6-7 months to get a dress in, and I’m the kind of person who wants extra time in case of complications.
I’m worried I’ll either do it to early (though I really want to try on dresses 😛 ), or wait to long and then have a difficult time finding a dress I want in budget. What do you suggest? When did you get your dress? Thanks!
Post # 3
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 # 4
@reebee: Thanks for your input! I’m probably just a worrier, and am so excited to try on dresses but am trying not to rush into things. But I really didn’t realize that you had to wait so long to order. I would have been super worried if I was shopping in March/April until your comment 🙂
Post # 5
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
@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
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
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!
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Post # 9
@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!
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Post # 10
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
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 # 12
Thanks for the advice everyone! I think I will try and wait to make my final decision, even if I sneak in a visit to a bridal salon before the semester (I just found out a coworker doubles as a consultant closeby!).
@Westwood: Fortunetly, my body weight hasn’t fluctuated more than 5 pounds in the last 5 years so its unlikely I’d need a second dress for that reason. But at least you got a second chance and weren’t stuck with a dress you didn’t love! 🙂
Post # 13
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
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
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! 😀
Post # 16
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.