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Natasha
Devoted June 2019 Ontario

Wedding dress shopping

Natasha, on April 9, 2018 at 17:48 Posted in Wedding fashion 0 24
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How early did you purchase your wedding dress? How many months before! How did you know it was the one? What are your thoughts on two wedding dresses? Feel free to answer all of some questions. Thanks ladies.

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Latest activity by Emily, on April 14, 2018 at 08:07
  • Emily
    Devoted November 2018 Ontario
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    Thanks for the tip! I'll look into it Smiley smile
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  • Natasha
    Devoted June 2019 Ontario
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    That’s exactly why I want two dresses. Go to David bridal they have very affordable dresses for the second dress if you can. I know I want my first dress to be princess ball gown and I loveeee t dance so that will not work for the reception.
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  • Emily
    Devoted November 2018 Ontario
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    I bought mine just under a year and a half before the date. It was a fluke. I was in the UK visiting family and wanted to have the shopping experience with my grandmother. We had no intention of buying while over there, but the first real wedding dress I ever tried on, and it fit me perfectly and was everything I wanted, plus we were all emotional. I tried on a few more just to be sure, but this one definitely took the cake!

    Although I LOVE my dress, I also LOVE to dance and the dress is really heavy, with a longish train, and kind of difficult to move in. For budget reasons I'll probably just keep the one dress, but I would honestly love to have a lighter dress as well for dancing in. Smiley smile
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  • Jenn
    Frequent user March 2019 Ontario
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    I ordered my dress for my March 2, 2019 wedding already!! I didn't really have the "say yes to the dress!" moment lol....I thought it looked nice and went for it. Honestly after trying quite a few dresses they all started looking the same to me LOL...hoping I still like it when it arrives!

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  • Cherry
    Devoted October 2019 Quebec
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    Our wedding is still 16 months away from today. I got my dress very early, which was in January. The first intention was only looking around for ideas and experiences. But one particular dress, which actually the first one I tried on, caught my heart. I knew the second I tried it on that I had found the one. I tried 8 more dresses in couple of stores but my heart set on the first one. I purchased it cause I was worried the designer would discontinue it if I waited until next year. I will get it next month and will slowly do the alterations and bustles myself. I still have plenty of time.

    I actually have 2 dresses. The other one is in red for traditional ceremony.

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  • Sara
    Devoted October 2018 Ontario
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    I started as soon as I got engaged, we're having a 6 month engagement so there was no other choice. I've been to one boutique and have others booked soon too.

    I'm only getting one dress, I'm spending all this money on a dress I'm going to wear once, so I'm wearing it for as long as I possibly can that day - it also feeds my princess for a day childhood fantasy.

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  • Erin
    Master September 2017 Ontario
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    I bought my dress 8 months and a few days before my wedding and it took a few months to come in. It was the first thing I did since our engagement was only 9 months and 5 days long. I knew it was the one because we all had the biggest reaction to it and I felt comfortable and happy wearing it.

    I only got the one dress because it is quite the expense and you only get to wear it once in theory.

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  • Marcia
    Super August 2018 Manitoba
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    I purchased my dress 8 months before the wedding, and it arrived in 1 month. I knew it was the one because of how I felt wearing the dress. I haven't decided yet on whether or not to wear two dresses, but I am leaning on only wearing one, just because I love my wedding dress so much and will most likely only get to wear it for one day so might as well enjoy it for the whole day Smiley smile.

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  • Geneviève
    VIP September 2020 Ontario
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    Well I basically jumped the queue. My fiancée and I decided to check out a pop-up discount bridal shop by the college I'm at on a whim. They only had time to try dresses for one of us so I decided to take it as a learning experience to figure out what I want. I had only tried on dresses once before and hated the experience so I was pretty set on the idea of a suit with my lady in the dress.

    Dress #1 was the one for me. I tried it on, felt a happy kind of queasy and didn't want to take it off. Begrudgingly, I tried on three others but everyone, including her, agreed that #1 was the best. Plus I couldn't stop thinking about it, so I put it back on and the rest is history.

    Now I totally wasn't expecting to buy with 2.5 years to go, but the dress was practically bang-on and at a really amazing price with no option to hold. As much as it was early, I knew I couldn't pass it up.

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  • Stephanie
    Master July 2018 Alberta
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    I bought mine about 9.5 months before. My engagement is only 10 months though, so it was the first thing I did!

    I knew it was the one because when I tried it on I didn't notice any of my insecurities that I normally see! It was actually the first dress I tried on and I found myself comparing every other dress to it.


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  • Renee
    Devoted October 2018 Ontario
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    I bought mine close to the suggested timeline (9 months for my boutiques) I am indecisive as is so shopping for a wedding dress was tough!

    I have two: ballgown to satisfy my need for a Cinderella type dress and trumpet to satisfy my fiancé's need to see me on something curve hugging.

    I went over budget for my first which also played a huge part in the delay as I then spent some extra time trying to find a cheaper alternative. But alas the heart wants what it wants and I went with it.
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  • Krista
    Frequent user July 2018 Alberta
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    My wedding is 109 days and I have yet to buy my dress - we engaged in Feb and are getting married at the end of July. In order to not "panic" I'm going to buy it on Still White's website! I will get the most beautiful dress (that since I've tried on at a boutique new for almost 2.5x the price) on budget or below and feeling glamorous. Plus I make a little connection with a bride who feels that she wants to share her dress (sisterhood of the traveling pants right?). She even had pockets made for it (dream dress much?) Smiley smile

    I firmly believe that just as "the wand picks the wizard".... "the dress picks the bride".

    Know your beautiful, don't try and be a version of something, just be yourself and the dress will be everything you've ever dreamed of.

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  • Naomi
    Curious September 2018 British Columbia
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    I bought my dress 8 months in advance (we're only having a 9-month engagement). I fell in love with the very first dress that I tried on. I tried on at least a dozen more and finally narrowed it down to two. I really liked them both, and they both fit me very nicely, but I ended up buying the first one that I tried it. Since it fit me so perfectly I was able to buy it off the rack instead of ordering one in.


    I'm not buying a second dress. The first one was on the cheaper end and it was pricey enough! And since I'm only going to be wearing it once I might as well enjoy it the whole day.

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  • Courtney
    Super July 2018 Ontario
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    I bought my dress 10 months in advance.

    I tried on about 10 dresses at 3 different salons. When I put this dress on, it was light, and not fussy and I could see myself walking down the aisle in it.


    I don't really understand why people do two dresses.. 1 dress is expensive enough!

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  • Lyla
    Devoted July 2018 Alberta
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    I bought my dress 11 months before the wedding and luckily got it after 5 months ( I’ve been told it can take up to 8 months to get in). Superprisingly it was the first dress I tried on ( I showed my consultation pictures and gave her my budget) she brought out 5 dresses and told me to try them on in order of what I liked most.. I ended up trying on 10 more, but I couldn’t stop comparing every other dress to it and didn’t like when my party tried convincing me how beautiful the other dresses were lol. The only reason I couldn’t say yes was because I felt it needed something more to pop, so we added a beautiful sparkly bridal belt and ordered some sparkly fabric to go under the first layer.. needless to say it’s perfect for me and I have no doubts at all! As for two dresses.. hell I couldn’t afford it even if i wanted to, but you do whatever makes you happy! I think I’ll have a back up dress for later in the night if I decide to change though, just something simple Smiley smile to each their own, it’s your day!
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  • Mandy
    Devoted July 2019 Alberta
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    I just purchased my dress. I’m getting married next July but it will take 6-8 months to get it in. I new it was the dress when it came too how I felt in it. When I pictured my wedding that is how I pictured it.
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  • Holly
    VIP June 2019 Ontario
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    I thought that too but I'm so happy I went when I did! Because I have so much going on now that I'd barely have time to go this summer. Plus like I mentioned I have so much time to find the perfect seamstress and get my dress exactly how I want it! Never too early lol
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  • Natasha
    Devoted June 2019 Ontario
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    You are a head. My wedding is also next June and I thought it was toooo early to start shopping now but I can see I am not. Lol
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  • Maegan
    Super July 2018 British Columbia
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    I bought my dress almost a year before the wedding... Didnt even mean to try on dresses myself that day but had some time to kill so tried one on and i knew it was the one because i couldnt stop smiling and i didnt want to take it off! Only ended up trying 3 different dresses on in total.

    I am not a fan of 2 dresses... I dont understand why you would pay a ton of money for a dress that you wouldn't wear all day! I definitely picked my dress out with the whole day in mind Smiley smile
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  • Chloe
    Super May 2018 Ontario
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    I got my dress 9 or 10 months before the wedding and I’m going to my first fitting tomorrow! The wedding is a little over a month away now, so it’s getting very exciting. I knew it was the one because it had a lot of things I was looking for: the right amount of poof, lace on the skirt, a bit of an illusion neckline, straps, etc. When I realized that it had what I wanted and that I felt like a princess, I knew it was the one! Putting a veil with a dress really helps you visualize yourself as a bride as well (if that’s something you want).
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  • Karen
    Expert September 2018 Ontario
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    I've yet to buy my dress. My wedding is Sept 15 2018. I have an appt to buy my dress in may and buying of rack. But I'm also going to sale event in april 22nd. I'm buying late cuz I'm still losing weight. I'm not picky as well and i know what silhouette i want.
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  • Sarah
    Frequent user December 2018 Alberta
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    I purchased mine just a little under a year before my wedding I knew it was the one because it was only 299 instead of 1500 and exactly what I always wanted in my head I'm kind of thinking of getting a second dress for the reception as well I'm not too sure yet though I don't really want to go through the process of trying out a bunch of dresses again
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  • Jennifer
    Super August 2018 Alberta
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    Purchased my dress 11 months before and it just came in last week so 4 months before the wedding. I knew it was the one because I got this really overwhelming feeling. I had to like calm myself down lol I ended up crying like a baby though when I said yes. I honestly just felt like a bride in it and that made me emotional
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  • Holly
    VIP June 2019 Ontario
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    My wedding is next June and I got my dress in February. So I had LOTS of time! But this also gives me lots of time for the alterations that I need and want. I considered two dresses if I could find them for under 1000 all together. Because I didn't want a big long dress for the whole day but instead I got a beautiful tea length dress so I don't have to worry about two dresses now. Two dresses is good if you want a big princess dress for the ceremony or a mermaid/tighter dress then for the reception you can get a flowy or shorter dress for dancing!
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