As soon as you’ve said, “Yes!” and set your wedding date, it’s time to start scouring the Internet for dress inspiration and creating your wedding Pinterest board. But when should you begin your in-store search? How do you know exactly when to buy a wedding dress? As it turns out, the right time to buy a dress is earlier than you might think, and waiting too late to start looking for a dress is a common mistake. We recommend that you begin shopping for your dress 8 to 12 months before your wedding day and purchasing your dress at least 8 months before your wedding day.
When to Buy a Wedding Dress
Reasons to Start Shopping Early
It allows time for alterations.
Bridal gowns usually take about four to six months to arrive once ordered, and they often require alterations. You’ll need to book your alteration appointment three months before your wedding day, but usually not any earlier since your weight can change. However, if you wait less than three months, you might have a hard time finding a seamstress, especially during the busy wedding season, which runs from May to October.
It can help you avoid stress and pressure.
No bride wants a chaotic end to her engagement, so don’t procrastinate. Since it’s easy to build up high expectations for your dress, you should allow yourself plenty of time to make a decision with confidence. Once you’ve ironed out all of the big details of your wedding, you will have more time to spend with your fiancé and prepare for a happy future together.
It could help you snag a deal.
Starting your search early has its perks. If you plan accordingly, you might be able to visit a bridal salon during their annual sale. For example, Norman’s Bridal hosts a Mega Bridal Sale each October with select designer gowns up to 75 percent off. Nearly every boutique occasionally has sample sales, which are great opportunities to get a beautiful dress at a fraction of the cost. The more money you save, the more you can put into your honeymoon fund (or wedding shoe fund).
When Should You Say Yes to the Dress?
You never want to feel rushed when making a big decision, which is part of why we recommend starting your search for a wedding dress early. It’s hard to say how long the search will take – some brides find “the one” immediately, while others try on dozens of dresses over the course of several appointments before deciding. To make the most of your appointment, we recommend doing a little research beforehand so that you can figure out which styles, fabrics, and colors you like.
Feeling swamped by the seemingly endless array of options? Making a pros and cons list can help guide your decision. If you are an indecisive person, allow yourself a day or two to think about all the dresses you’ve tried on. And if you often get overwhelmed making decisions, try to limit the number of gowns you try on to prevent confusion and ultimately stress. Look at pictures and rank the dresses. When you catch your mind wandering back to a certain dress, there’s a good chance you’ve found the one. Go with your gut!
Finally, ask the dress stylists at your bridal salon their recommendations if you’re wondering when to buy a wedding dress. Your favorite dress could take even longer than six months to arrive at the salon in your size.
Now that you know when to buy a wedding dress, are you ready to begin your search? If you live near Springfield, Missouri, stop by Normans Bridal, a full-service bridal salon. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can provide recommendations regarding style, fabric, and color, and we will assist you with zippers, laces, and buttons to ensure that the appointment runs smoothly. In addition, we would be happy to offer honest feedback to help you narrow down your choices. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 417-866-9800. With our wide selection of gowns, affordable prices, and helpful consultants, you’re sure to enjoy shopping for your wedding dress at Normans Bridal.