It seems like a lot of you other August 2011 brides already have your wedding dresses. Why get a dress so soon? I feel like I should be dress shopping now because everyone else is, but I'm not sure why. I know alterations and things can take some time, but almost a whole year? Isn't anyone worried about having to get more alterations done due to the fact that a year gives a lot of time for your weight to fluctuate? I really don't fluctuate in weight anyway, but it just seems a year is a long time to have a dress just hanging in the closet. If you've already gotten your dress, or have already been dress shopping, why did you decide to do that already? I have picked out styles I like online and in magazines but I haven't actually made any shopping appointments yet.