I just started planning for my spring 2012 wedding. I live a plane ride away from home and want to get married in my hometown so on my last trip home, I tried on dresses at a great little shop with my mom.
After trying on like fifteen gowns, I narrowed it down to two vintage inspired dresses from different decades, so they look very different. One is a 1920s glamorous, long silk silhouette, and the other is a 1950s cupcake puffy skirt with lots of volume.
Since my fiance and I haven't planned much yet, I thought I would have at least 6 months before I have buy the dress, meaning we could book a venue and set a time of day for the ceremony and reception before I buy a dress.
HOWEVER, I just got word that one of these two dresses will be discontinued at the end of this month, so if I want one of them I have to place the order before April.
So, my question is, how do most ladies pick their dress?? I've asked my friends and they have been various shades of helpful, but ultimately this is my decision.
I am not one of those girls who had my wedding planned or have a clear "vision" of what kind of bride I want to be. I like pretty dresses and I love vintage styles, but BOTH dresses are vintage styles and they look totally different.
The prices are similar, and I don't like the "choose the dress your fiance would like more" advice because he will love me even if I wear the cat veil.
Don't let the store scare you into making a decision. If you haven't set a date, booked a venue, etc, YOU ARE NOT READY to buy the dress.
1920's glam says evening cocktails to me, while the puffy 1950's silhouette* makes more sense for a ceremony/reception earlier in the day. Neither one will work if you change your mind out of the blue and run away to Mexico to get married on the beach.
There are a kajillion options out there, and even if both dresses get discontinued you'll have plenty of time to find another one before the wedding.
(Photo: Rodarte via .v via j.fro)
*You can't MAKE ME say cupcake.