Post # 1
I want to hear from bees who lost weight right up until their wedding date – how did you handle alterations?? I’ve been losing weight since February, and would like to continue to do so until a week or so before the wedding.
I bought my gown 45 pounds ago in a sample size 12 that was way too small. I tried my dress on for the first time 2 weeks ago when I went veil shopping, and it was much closer, but still about an 1 1/2″ from zipping in the back. I know that continuing on the path I’ve been on since February will get me there – and I have 3 months left to do it.
My seamstress wants to see me sooner rather than later, partly because I will have a complicated bustle (likely 7 points, tons of tulle). I scheduled my first fitting with her for August 10th, wedding is October 20th. Can I ask her to start work on the bustle before considering any alterations to the bodice? Is that typical? When did you have your final fitting? Is a week beforehand insane? I know I’m not the first weight loss bride.
For reference, by gown is Raidis by San Patrick. Any advice from brides who’ve been in my situation is very much appreciated!
Post # 3
I lost weight right up until the wedding but I needed to alter myself to the dress not the other way around. I hope other bees can be of more help.
Post # 4
Bumping because I have the same question! I want to keep losing weight right up to the week of my wedding but I’m not sure how to handle that with alterations.
Post # 5
My final alterations were about 2 weeks before the wedding. I had ordered a size 10 but they had to bring the dress down about 2 sizes. I was lucky because my dress was a corset back so even if I lost more weight in the 2 weeks before the wedding I was able to tie the corset back tighter to make it more fitted.
Post # 6
@sweetchiquita12: I envy your flexibility with the corset! Mine is a zipper, and I’m really hoping there’s a way to make this work without converting to a corset, just to maintain the look and integrity of the gown as it is.
Post # 7
@FutureCuomo6610: I lost 15 lbs between buying my dress and my second alterations appointment. My dress started with an inch of open corset, I lost too much weight, and my seamstress told me to gain 5 pounds back the month before the wedding.
I ended up going from a (Maggie Sottero) size 6 to a size 2, and bought my dress in a size 4, so I really had no chouce but to gain some back!
Post # 8
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
My final alterations appointment was 2 weeks before the wedding. They had to let out the top and take in the waist…whose body changes like that??! It was really weird and upsetting, I’m not gonna’ lie.
Then I ended up dropping 10 pounds in those last 2 weeks because of stress. My dress was definitely loose on my wedding day, but nobody could really tell and the photos came out AMAZING! So, although it didn’t fit exactly like a glove, those last 10 pounds didn’t make too much of a difference. Any more than that though…we could have had problems. So once you do have that last alterations appointment, I would not recommend you try to lose any additional weight.
Post # 9
I started five weeks before my wedding with my final appointment one week before. I called a couple different places though because many of them wanted me to come in earlier but I just knew that wouldn’t work for me. I also had a 7 point bustle with tulle 🙂
Post # 10
@MrsBeck: That’s so encouraging! I think when I meet with my seamstress on Aug. 10th, I’ll schedule a second fitting in September, and the final one 1 week to 10 days before the wedding in October.
Post # 11
@FutureCuomo6610: Im getting married October 12, 2013, Im actually having my dress made so I know how it feels, I plan to give them updated measurements a mid production photo time, and checking maybe early september before its sent for any changes and then I have a local seamstress that will work with me the first week of October if any changes are needed
So I think you are on the right path
Post # 12
At the first fitting it had to be taken in by the bust and taken out slightly by my hips so that the lower back zipper could zip close. I lost weight between the second, third and final fitting (12 lbs total). The dress felt a little loose the day of the wedding … wish it hugged closer but oh well still looked good.