Buying a dress in the middle of weight loss?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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259 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

 

charisma87:  First off, that’s awesome!! Keep up the hard work! My aunt’s a seamstress. She tells ladies all the time, get in the size you are now because if you lose weight, you can always take fabric in much easier than you can out. Hope that helps a little bit!

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 7 months ago by  mreject.
Post # 3
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103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I’m currently losing weight and have bought my dress at the size I am now. (Still 7 months to go) My consultanat said they can alter up to 8 sizes usually. 

Post # 4
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1344 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I’m also trying to lose weight for the wedding. I also bought my dress at the size that I am now, even though the dress was a bit snug (a difference of an inch or two). I am hoping to lose another 20-30 pounds before my wedding. Not just because I am getting married, but I am trying to get down to a healthy weight. 

Post # 5
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27 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I also got a dress and have lost ten pounds since and am planning to lose 20 more. I think I am happy with my dress being bigger than me so that I can alter it to my body shape. 

Post # 6
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2840 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I lost about 40 pounds between buying the dress and the wedding. I just ordered the dress one size smaller, then the seamstress took it in the rest of the way a few weeks before the wedding. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

You really have to order a dress at least 6 months or more before the wedding, and that shouldn’t stop your weight loss process.  I wouldn’t order the dress too small though, because that might just make you stressed out and losing weight harder.  Altering dresses down is not an issue (and way easier than making a dress bigger).  Congrats

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I ordered the dress to my exact measurements knowing that I was in the process of losing weight. I obviously had to order the dress way in advance and you really have no way of knowing how your measurements will change after weight loss (or how much you will even lose), so I couldn’t predict what size I would need. I also stubbornly refused to get a corset-back which everyone recommended (but hey, it just isn’t my look). I just took care to order a silhouette that wouldn’t be ruined if I needed to un-do any of the seams (which meant that instead of the fit & flare I was wanting, I had to get a modified A-line with two vertical seams down the front). I honest to god had my sister-in-law with a sewing machine in my bridal suite the morning of the wedding altering my dress. She got it to fit to a tee. And she even tightened the hips and bum to give me the fit & flare effect. If I had had access to a seamstress 2 weeks out, I would obviously have done that rather than wait til the day-of, but I had to do what I had to do. I couldn’t think of any other way, but it worked. 

Post # 9
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1057 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

From my experience, I would recommend to wait until you are closer to your goal weight.  My MOH bought me a beautiful evening dress but it’s lost some weight recently… I was size M-L and now I’m more M-S, so the dress has to be alter (I don’ tknow how much the alternation going to cost me because it’s a complicated dress) 

Post # 10
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320 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Restaurant

Wow, you look amazing!!

From my dress buying experience, I would wait until 3 or 4 months before the wedding, or whenever your weight loss slows down/you feel ready to stop.  Alterations can be SO expensive and might really change the way your dress fits.  Plus a different type of dress might be more flattering with a slimmer bod.  When is your wedding?  If you live near a big city, there are lots of places that sell sample dresses.  You could also get a dress online (after trying it on in a store, of course).   Just leave enough time to get it altered (like 2 months). 

Post # 11
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516 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I bought my dress 8 months before wedding and it was right when I started getting serious about losing weight.  The lady at David’s Bridal told me to order the size I needed that day.  She said every bride says they’re giong to lose weight and it doesn’t always happen.  It was expected to be in in 3 months.  At that point they would still have time to exchange it for a smaller size.  It came in early and I went in 7 weeks after buying it and losing 15lbs.  It was too big, the next size down was a little big, so they ordered 2 sizes smaller.  I still want to lose 10-15.  She said it’s easier to take in than to let out, though they do have a little to let out if need be.

Post # 12
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1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008 - Toronto, ON

I went dress shopping in Feb and my wedding was in Aug! I was told I had to buy my dress at least 6 months in advanced but I told them I was planning on losing weight and they said they could take it in and not to worry! I lost over 30 lbs and they were able to take in my dress and I looked beautiful on my wedding day!

Post # 15
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184 posts
Blushing bee

Great job…don’ have advice on the dress, but I wanted to say YAY!!!!!!!!!  

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