LaToya
Beginner September 2020

When Should i start Dress Shopping?!

LaToya, on October 20, 2019 at 5:06 AM Posted in Wedding Attire 0 31
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I am getting married on 9.24.2020. I already know the type of style I want, but not necessarily the specific dress. I will be going to a boutique salon as well. I am very busy with work and I just don't know when I should take the time to start looking, especially since the holidays are coming up and I feel like boutiques will be closed during the holidays. Should I look now before Thanksgiving and Christmas? If I do find one it has 6-8 months to come or should I wait until January, but I feel like I will be cutting it so close!! I just don't know what my timing should be.

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  • Ashley
    Savvy September 2020
    Ashley ·
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    I am getting married 9.12.20 and I want dress shopping last week, just to look and see what I like. I bought a dress! I was worried to go to earlier. But if you're not sure what you want you should make an appointment before the holidays because you will most likely be even busier. That way you have time to try different styles and cuts and not worry about feeling rushed or pressured. I would suggest making the first appointment at a salon, that way you can get in at your desired time, and also not have to worry about the consultant being burned out from the day.

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  • Eri
    Expert October 2020
    Eri ·
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    I'm getting married 10/10/2020 and bought my dress in August, though that was a little early.

    I had planned on just having fun and seeing what was out there, but unexpectedly found the one! I ended up getting a sample sale, so it'll be in storage until June/July when I start getting alterations done.

    Agree with the PP -- it can't hurt to start casually looking now. More time gives you more options and less pressure. Smiley smile Good luck!

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  • Traci
    Dedicated October 2021
    Traci ·
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    My wedding is 10-31-2021 and this Feb 2020 I am casually looking for a dress. Its never to early to look.
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  • April
    Savvy November 2020
    April ·
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    I think it’s probably better to go early because you never know how long it will take for the dress to come in, then alterations, etc.. I am getting married 11/21/2020 and bought my dress this past August.
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  • Megan
    Super November 2020
    Megan ·
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    We are getting married on 11.21.2020 and I’ve already purchased my dress. This was mostly because I stumbled across it haha but I knew I wanted something different (not white) so I looked early so I could have extra time.
    I’d start looking now, at least just casually.
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  • Jodie
    Devoted August 2020
    Jodie ·
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    I got engaged in May. Wedding is end of August 2020. Went dress shopping on August 11. Bought my dress that day. Picked it up on September 7th and now it sits in my mom's closet (so FH can't get nosey) where i go over there and pet it as often as possible! Lol. So my experience was very quick. A friend of mine who just got married waited until 7 months out from her wedding to get her dress and she ended up paying huge amountsof money to rush her dress because the normal timeline for the place she got her dress would've had her dress coming in 3 days before her date leaving no time for alterations.

    I think it would be best to shop for a dress sooner rather than later because if it's custom or special ordered than can take several months. Then add in time for alterations...it can be a lengthy process.
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  • Z
    Dedicated November 2019
    Zoe ·
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    I get married in November and i bought my dress last October. I ended up getting a sample dress so it didn’t matter at all but I would give yourself at least 11 months til your wedding to be safe.
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  • Vanessa
    Beginner October 2020
    Vanessa ·
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    Hi! I’m also getting married next October (10/9!), and I have my first dress appointment in 2 weeks. From what I’ve been told from many people , that’s right on time. I had a friend that got her dress about 6-7 months before her wedding , and she strongly advised against that lol. You do not want to wait too long , and getting it earlier eliminates the stress of cutting it close with alterations and what-not.
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  • Dierdra
    Dedicated November 2020
    Dierdra ·
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    I'm getting married 11.14.2020 and bought my dress two weeks ago. It takes 8 months to come in! Glad I got it when I did lol
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  • Stefanie
    Devoted December 2019
    Stefanie ·
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    I’m getting married in December and bought my dress in January. It was the 2nd thing I did, the first one was picking the venue
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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Champion March 2017
    Pirate & 60s Bride ·
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    Start shopping now. A dress (unless from David’s Bridal) typically takes 6-8 months to arrive and then you want to start alterations about 2 months before your big day.

    You’re perfect on timing. Generally it’s not a good idea to buy a dress two years out in case you change your mind. You’re fine! Start booking appointments because fall is a busy time for shops.
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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Champion March 2017
    Pirate & 60s Bride ·
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    Mine too! The shop guessed perhaps 7 months but it arrived in 8... only a month before my wedding so I started freaking out.
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  • ashley
    Savvy October 2020
    ashley ·
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    Go shopping whenever you want. I’m getting married 10-17-2020 and just got my dress home.. just no alterations until a couple of months before the wedding.
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  • Caley
    Savvy September 2020
    Caley ·
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    I’m getting married on 9/5/2020 and I purchased my dress earlier this month. I figure the earlier, the better, just in case the production time takes longer than anticipated or something else comes up.
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  • Caitlin
    Dedicated August 2020
    Caitlin ·
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    I bought my dress 13 months before the wedding!
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  • Alejandra
    Expert November 2020
    Alejandra ·
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    We’re getting married early November 2020 and I bought my dress a month ago. It’s a little early, but some designers take 8-10 months to get a dress in. I’d say the earlier the better. If you’re not sure what you want, definitely go try some on! That way you can see how certain styles and fabrics look on you.
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  • P
    Just Said Yes August 2020
    Paige ·
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    Mine is 8.15.2020.
    Bought mine two months ago a size bigger and will get it altered in January. I bought mine early cause I was afraid my dress would sellout plus I was excited. Its currently under my bed in a box.
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  • Jacqueline
    Savvy August 2020
    Jacqueline ·
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    I made an appt on my day off and went to a bridal boutique just to “look” around. When I walked in and gave my name the young girl asked if I was “mother of the bride” I proudly gave her my biggest smile and stated I AM the Bride!!! Hehehee (yes 2 nd marriage so I’m no spring chicken) I just thought it was cute. Anyhow, I told my stylist how much I was looking to spend and we went to the clearance racks Smiley smile and picked out 4 to try on. The first one was the one I brought home that day and we marry on Aug 21, 2020
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  • Kim
    Beginner June 2020
    Kim ·
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    I bought my dress a year out just because I fell in love. The seamstress wants to start the alterations in January which is 6 months out from the wedding. I'd say just go look around to see what you like because I ended up with a completely different style then what I envisioned. The dress style I thought I wanted ended up looking terrible on.
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  • Amber
    Super September 2020
    Amber ·
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    I get married 9.19.2020 still not bought my dress I'm definitely going to try and have my dress bought n ordered before Thanksgiving ☺
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