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When to Start Wedding Dress Shopping

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We get it, the search for the perfect wedding dress can be both exciting and stressful. With so many styles, silhouettes, fabrics, and designers to choose from, it can be difficult to know when to start shopping. To help you find the perfect wedding dress, we’re sharing a few tips on when to start wedding dress shopping.


Start Shopping Early!

The first rule of wedding dress shopping is to start early! Once you say yes to a gown in our Columbus, Ohio bridal boutique, it can take 6-8 months for your dress to be made and shipped from your designer. Then it’s time for alterations and finding the perfect accessories to style your wedding day look!

photography: Starling Studio

On the other hand, if you’re searching for an off-the-rack dress, or have a shorter timeline, our sister store, Luxe Redux Bridal, is the perfect spot for you! In this case, 4-6 months should give you plenty of time to shop around and try on different options. You don’t want to wait too long – it’s best to give yourself enough time in case there are any unexpected delays during alterations.

Whichever route you choose to shop, don’t overbook yourself! Scheduling too many appointments can be overwhelming and exhausting – getting in and out of wedding gowns is a lot of work. If you feel great in the gown, it has everything you asked for and you don’t want to take it off, chances are you’ve found THE one!

Consider Your Schedule and Who to Bring Wedding Dress Shopping

When planning when to go wedding dress shopping, make sure it is realistic given all of the other wedding preparations you have on your plate. Consider who you’ll want to bring with you, and what your schedules look like! You don’t need to bring an entourage of people with you to your appointment. In fact, too many opinions can quickly become overwhelming and distract from the opinion that matters most: yours. We recommend bringing along 1-3 people!

We know the wedding planning life is busy, and our boutique is open throughout the week and weekend to accommodate your schedule!

Trust Your Stylist

At La Jeune Mariee, our stylists are just that – stylists! They have been trained to find the gown that fits your vision and makes you feel beautiful. Don’t be afraid to try on a style you never saw yourself going with, you may surprise yourself + find the dress of your dreams! There are plenty of #ljmrealbrides who came into their appointment thinking they wanted one style, and left after saying YES to something completely different!

With all of this in mind, we recommend starting the wedding dress shopping process 8-12 months or more before your wedding date to ensure plenty of time! With some careful planning and assistance from the La Jeune Mariee team, you’ll have no problem finding the perfect one! Give yourself plenty of time ahead of the big day so that alterations can be done properly without feeling rushed. And most importantly, remember to have fun while trying on all the beautiful options available – after all, this is one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning!

Now that you know when to start wedding dress shopping, let’s get you booked! Tap the button below to view availability + secure your appointment. We can’t wait to see you there!

More tips:

How to Prepare for Wedding Dress Shopping

4 Wedding Dress Shopping Misconceptions

5 Things To Consider Before Your Bridal Appointment

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Wedding Dress Shopping

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