Why It Pays To Shop Early For A Prom Dress


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Prom night might seem a mile away at this stage of the year, making it seem like procrastination is an option. Why not wait until later, a little closer to the time, before you start rooting around for the perfect prom dress. Well there are a few good reasons why. Limited stock, price changes, and of course, the sheer stress of faffing around at the last minute to find the outfit that is right for you. These things take time, so honestly, it is best not to leave it until later on.

The ordering process

One thing that tends to slip the mind of prom dress shoppers, is how long the process of ordering can take. While a lot of dresses are kept in storage and can be delivered in just about no time, it often happens that special orders can take anywhere between four and twelve weeks to come through, which means that if you leave it too late, you might only end up getting your dress after prom night, which doesn’t help anyone. Doing it this way means that any orders on lovely prom dresses , will come in 2016.

If you need to make alterations

Alright, so if you can bet on getting your dress in time, does it mean that you can wait a little longer before making the order? Well, no. You may find that certain alterations need to be made to the dress to accommodate your body type. Everyone is different, and dresses come in standard sizes which means that there is a chance you will need to get it altered. You really don’t want to rush this process, so it is a good idea to give whoever is completing the changes a bit of time to do it. Getting your dress early means that you will be able to deal with any changes that need to be made in good time, so that the job doesn’t end up looking rushed.


Get the first pick

The early bird gets the worm, trite but true in every sense. So you want to avoid a situation where you can’t get hold of a dress that you’ve fallen in love with because the shop doesn’t want to double-sell it. Most dress sellers keep a record of who (and from which school) has bought a dress for the year, and they will make an effort not to sell it to others from that same school. This is to prevent the catastrophe of having two ladies in the same dress at the same party. So go get yours early and you’ll have the pick of the batch.


You can relax a little

Imagine this, it’s just two weeks away from prom night and you still can’t find a gown. You flick through endless catalogues of stylish girl’s party dresses but find nothing and ask yourself ‘why’. Well the answer is probably that you left it too late and now all the good dresses are gone. Now that is stress.

Prom night is supposed to be holistically enjoyable, and you can do without the worry of finding a suitable dress at the last minute, so start looking early on.Prom night may feel like its ages away, but believe me, it will come in a flash. Time will fly by while you deal with daily life, school, friends and relationships. So get started early and you won’t be caught out later on.

Disclaimer: This article is contributed by Maria Sasa



  1. February 28, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    Oh, man. My 17yo has been talking about her prom dress since August. It’s not until June! Ten months of continuous “what about this one?”. Never had proms when I was a lad, and even if you did, I don’t think I would have thought about what I was wearing til a week beforehand! Life was simpler back then……… Great tips though 😀

    • February 28, 2016 / 10:13 pm

      Hahahaha life of a girl indeed. We had proms when I went to school but never bothered with them though

  2. February 28, 2016 / 10:13 am

    I love shopping for Eliza’s Prom dress. We have a prom again this year but its a boys suit we will need

    • February 28, 2016 / 11:59 am

      Awww I hope you get a nice suit

  3. February 26, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    I am gutted we never had a prom when I was at school, we just had an end of year disco x

    • February 26, 2016 / 2:36 pm

      I love discos more than proms big time

  4. February 26, 2016 / 12:29 am

    I agree, when I had my year 13 ball I had got my prom dress in December and my ball wasn’t until June lol. Now that is what you call preparation!

    • February 26, 2016 / 8:37 am

      Indeed that is dedication and preparation Ana

  5. February 25, 2016 / 5:43 pm

    I never went to a prom as they didn’t really happen here in the UK when I was at school and I feel cheated reading this! I would’ve loved shopping for a prom dress and all that goes with it!

    • February 25, 2016 / 5:46 pm

      Hahaha even though they were happening when I was at school I still chose not to go lol

  6. February 25, 2016 / 5:11 pm

    We never had proms in the UK when I was a kid and I think that’s a shame. They are beginning to become popular now but they have gone too far the other way with kids expecting parents to fork out in excess of £1000 for the dress alone! Is there no middle ground?

    • February 25, 2016 / 5:46 pm

      I know right it’s crazy expensive these days

  7. February 25, 2016 / 5:05 pm

    Proms were a rarity in the UK when I was at school, so I never went to one. My kids are all gearing up for theirs in a few years, so these tips will come in handy then!

    • February 25, 2016 / 5:43 pm

      I didn’t go to mine either

  8. February 25, 2016 / 10:32 am

    Great tips I never went to my prom and regaret it. I’d have loved to wear a lovely prom dress.

    • February 25, 2016 / 10:59 am

      I never went to mine and don’t regret it though I do love looking st prom dresses

  9. February 25, 2016 / 7:58 am

    We never had anything like this when I was at school, so I can’t wait to shop for a prom dress with my daughter, great tips x

    • February 25, 2016 / 8:52 am

      We did but I decided to miss mine but loved helping my friends shop

  10. February 25, 2016 / 7:34 am

    My daughter is in Y5 and her school has a prom at the end of Y6. She wants me to me make her a dress so no one else turns up in the same outfit!

    • February 25, 2016 / 8:51 am

      Awww bless loving her foresight

  11. February 19, 2016 / 4:21 am

    Great post and tips. It’s my little sister prom this year so I’ve forwarded this to her. You definetley won’t get the best pick leaving it too late and you’re stuffed if you need alterations x

    • February 19, 2016 / 8:48 am

      Exactly this is why it pays to shop early I case you need to exchange it or made alterations

  12. February 14, 2016 / 6:59 am

    I think the same goes for suits as my eldest is already looking for next year!

    • February 14, 2016 / 10:02 am

      That is true

  13. February 13, 2016 / 8:00 pm

    Great post and tips – my 16 yo daughter has her first prom in June when she leaves school, and we are on the look out for THE dress!

    • February 14, 2016 / 9:57 am

      Awww bless how exciting

  14. February 13, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    Great tips, I left my prom dress way to late and ended up with one I wasn’t even that keen on! x

    • February 14, 2016 / 9:52 am

      Awww bless I never went to any of mine but it was nice seeing my friends shop

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