Bridal experts recommend beginning the search for a wedding dress about a year before tying the knot, and actually purchasing the dress at least eight months before the Big Day. For the uninitiated (count yourself lucky), this timeline exists because dresses are usually custom-fit for the bride—none of this straight-off-the-rack crap—which can mean months of alterations.
It also means a bride better pray that from the time she buys her dress until her wedding day very little in her life changes. No weight gain, no pregnancy, no breakups—otherwise she'll have $3,000 (or much more) sitting in her closet taunting her.
Of course, in reality, things go wrong all the time before people commit to forever—and Shpock, a British app for selling second-hand clothes, has the evidence. A quick search of "never worn wedding dress" comes back with a trove of Big Day collateral damage and stories of women who now want to get rid of their gown now. Here are some of the most common reasons would-be brides never actually make it down the aisle.