I don't think its ever to early to start looking or trying stuff on! It also gives you time to visit a few different boutiques/stores. I think the earlier the better, because then you can also plan for alterations appointments if you need more than one. My dress took 6 months after I ordered it, and then alterations take another 1-2 months. And usually the boutique or seamstress can hold onto it until you pick it up before the wedding.
It's never too early! But, also, the earlier you shop... the more likely you are to find a deal. Our engagement will only be five months at the end of it...which was shorter than dress ordering time. I had a shopping day planned with my mom, FMIL, and best friends and as I was researching which stores I wanted to go to...one of them that I had been to before for my best friends dress (and wanted to go to) was an off the rack and they were having a sample sale two days before my scheduled dress day. Their normally $1000-$4500 dresses would all be on sale for $200-$1000 dollars. So, we went to just that store that day and I found my dress (Essence of Australia and so so so beautiful with only a hemline alteration needed) normally $2500; I got it for $1000.
My wedding is August 2020 and I ordered my dress in May. Should arrive in the new year. It's time to star looking.
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You’re welcome! That will give you plenty of time. I’m getting married this October. I began looking in December of 2018 and purchased my dress in January of 2019. I have 1 alterations appointment left, so my timing as worked out perfectly.
I'm August 2020 and I'm getting my dress custom made. I'm hoping to get production started by October and it'll take about 3-5 months time. Once I get it, I'll still have plenty of time for any alterations I may need so I guess it would depend. Some people genuinely just want to buy them as early as possible especially in the case that some of the dresses are discontinued if they waited too long. It's ultimately a personal decision.