- 3 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
Okay, so I’m plus-sized and two months ago was a bride. And when I say ‘plus-sized’ I mean, I was very, very plus-sized. I started out at 458 pounds in April before I started a very strict diet and exercise plan in preparation for a gastric bypass I had in June.
Obviously, knowing I was going to have gastric bypass surgery two months before my wedding was stressful in terms of what the heck I was going to do with my dress. Would I lost weight? How much weight would I lost? How would that weight loss translate into my wedding dress? How the heck was I going to find a dress that would work with my being so big? There was no way I was going to stroll into a David’s Bridal and buy a plus-size dress off the rack; I was just too big. So, I started looking at the custom dress option. My budget was non-existant being fresh out of grad school, so I started looking around. On the weddingbee boards I saw someone recommend The Fabulous U for custom dress options. I looked into the company (having already been screwed over by a seamstress on etsy) and they seemed pretty legitimate.
So, I emailed them. I sent them four pictures explaining I wanted the top to be like this, the bottom to be like this picture, et cetera. . . and asked what the price would be. They immediately emailed me back and we exchanged emails for the next couple of hours to ensure that they knew exactly what I wanted. I was mostly impressed with this. Since they are based in China, this was very late their time and yet the email exchange was constant and very helpful. An hour later, they knew exactly what I wanted and I had a price quote. I also expalined to them that I would be losing a significant amount of weight and wanted to wait until basically the last minute to send them my measurements. They were fine with that!! I couldn’t believe it!!
This was at the beginning of May and my wedding was August 24th. I asked them when was the latest I could get them my measurements and they said the end of May. I explained that I needed the dress by the end of July so that I could get it altered due to the weight I was assuming I’d lose. I emailed them my measurements the last week of May. At the end of June I had realized I lost quite a bit of weight already which corresponded to my waist being 6″ smaller already. When I emailed them asking if they could make these changes for me, they were happy to oblige for a small fee ($25). I had my dress on time and early enough that I could make the necessary changes.
So, at the end of the day, I was able to purchase a GORGEOUS, beautiful dress, that was made exactly to my specifications, that was made to fit my body, for less than $500. I couldn’t believe it. I never thought I’d be able to wear an actual wedding dress for my wedding because I never thought I’d be able to find a dress that fit me. A lot of people are a bit weary buying a dress online, without having tried it on, from an international company, but I was in a position in which I knew that I probably wouldn’t have another option. I am really glad that I found that information on the weddingbee boards and just wanted to be able to pass that same information on to another bride-to-be.
My only negative comment is that if your dress requires a crinoline (aka a big ball gown) and you are a plus-sized bride, prepare to have it altered. I ordered one from them to go with my dress and even though my actual dress had a 55″ waist the crinoline they sent me had like a 30″ waist. Luckily I was getting my dress altered anyway, so I just had them fix the crinoline so that it would fit me, too.
And in case you’re wondering, I lost 100 pounds by the wedding and had to get almost 12″ taken off my dress. Luckily I had it made with a corset back so that was able to fit perfectly up the day of the wedding even though I kept losing weight. And I had to have it altered twice which cost more than the actual dress did. . . LOL! I guess that’s what happens when you decide to have gastric bypass surgery two months before your wedding.