I think that is perfect timing to dress shop! If you wanted to, you could start looking now at different styles online to get an idea of what you initially like. That way, when you start dress shopping, you'll have a good starting point of what styles to try on first.
Perfect time. Here is how how my timeline went. I went shopping in October of 2021 and went to three shops in one weekend. Found "the one" at the last shop. My dress arrived in May and I just went for my first alteration on Saturday. I have my second appointment on August 20th. She said that could be the last one or we may need to tweak it some more. My wedding is September 10th.
Definitely not too soon. Typically within 1 year is the perfect time to start shopping. If there is a specific boutique you are interested in shopping, or a specific designer, you could always call and ask what the lead time is on ordering dresses. I know a lot of things have been delayed since the pandemic.
Totally fine to start looking now you could even schedule appointments just to look and see what you like when it's actually on you vs photoshopped on a model if you don't want to commit to a dress just yet. That was what I planned to do when I had an appointment a year and a half before our original wedding date, but I ended up finding my dress right then and there 🤷♀️😂 it'll be almost 3 years old by the time I finally wear it down the aisle now
Start looking more if you want, but no later than October of this year. Some dresses are still getting hit by supply chain issues and aren't coming in for 8-9 months after ordering. Other dresses are coming in 2 months after ordering. But I'd err on the safe side and look sooner rather than later! Especially because you need to leave 2-3 months room for alterations
I don't think any time is too early to start looking. My wedding is in November, I ordered my dress in January and it arrived in July. Obviously this isn't going to be the same for everyone but they say it could take 9 months for delivery so better to be early than late.
One boutique mentioned doing an appointment by Jan/Feb 2023 for an October wedding. I would go with the earlier date since she did not indicate whether that would be for early or late October date. It seems like it is one month longer than estimates would have been in 2019. so, maybe 7-10 months instead of 6-9. As always should be mentioned, there are faster options for getting a wedding dress.
My wedding is October 1st, 2023 and I said yes to my dress this past February. My MOH said it is never too early to start wedding dress shopping. Also with the amount of time it is now taking dresses to come in (thanks Covid and Russia) time has only extended. My shop said it would take 9-12 months for my dress to come on and that is without the alterations.