Wedding Gown: When Should I Start Wedding Dress Shopping?
Q: In order to get all the details we want on the date we want, my fiance and I are planning a pretty long engagement -- almost two years. Unfortunately, I'm already itching to start looking at bridal gowns. Is it too soon to start my wedding dress search?
A: When to begin looking for your wedding gown is entirely up to you. Most brides don't begin the search until a year to nine months before the wedding, but if you've got more time, there's no reason you can't use it. If you wind up ordering a custom-made wedding dress from a bridal salon, it can take a while for the dress to arrive and for the store to make alterations, so it pays to give yourself time to shop at a comfortable pace and leave plenty of leeway for preparations. The downside? If you buy a wedding gown now, you will need to store it (which could be a pain if you've got a full skirt and a studio apartment!). You may be able to have it stored at your seamstress' or at the salon though, so be sure to ask about this possibility. Also, know that if you choose a wedding dress now, a whole new wave of gowns will come out next year (what if you find something you like better?). If you do decide to delay, you can plan to save money during the first year of your engagement so that when the time comes, you can shop for your dream wedding dress without financial stress.