Post # 1
Are there any Gastric Bypass brides out there who can offer me some shopping suggestions? I’m looking for dress shopping advice only please, no negative comments about my surgical choice. I’m going to have surgery in a few weeks, and my vowel renewal ceremony is going to be December of 2013. I’m not sure when to start looking for a dress as I can’t really try things on right now due to my size, and even if I do try dresses on right now, I have no idea what size I’ll be a year from now to “guesstimate” what size to order. I’ve been told to allow at least 6 months for dress arrival and alterations, but at that point I’ll only be mid way through the largest part of my weight loss phase and what size to order will still be an issue. Should I just go ahead and attempt to try dresses on now (making a very out in left field estimate on my size next year), or hold of and try to get something in last minute next year?
Are there any other ladies out there who’ve experienced this situation while trying to shop for dresses?
Post # 3
I never had gastric bypass, but I did lose a few pounds before my wedding. And based on that I would say you should wait as long as possible to shop. Also, if you are not the size you think you will be when you get married, buy a dress with simple lines. No ruffles, no lace, no crystals or rhinestones, no bias cuts, etc. That will make it so much easier to take the dress in and not lose the integrity of it.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
@abittle73: I would wait as long as you can, and then buy a dress pre-owned, or buy a sample. That way you won’t have to pay an arm and a leg in alterations, or stress about the dress size for 6 months
Post # 5
Perhaps speak with your doctors to see if they could estimate roughly how much weight you are going and perhaps even how many dresses you could potentially lose. Obviously they can’t tell you for sure, but maybe they could give a good guesstimate based on past patients who had this surgery.
I would def wait, but also when picking a dress maybe try to find dresses with a corset back. It makes fitting into the dress a little more flexible. Gained a little weight? No problem we’ll make the corset loose….lost some weight? Great! Tighten the back up! I’m not sure what style you’d like to wear or not wear, but I’m guessing you’ll still be losing weight by the time of your vow renewal, maybe try on styles that aren’t so fitted so they don’t look baggy in the fitted areas. I’m not sure if that made sense, but if you need me to clarify then let me know. lol
And on a side note: I hope your surgery goes well and is a success. Good luck on your weight loss!
Post # 6
I had gastric bypass about ten years ago. I would say wait until the very latest you van before getting your dress. I know that after I had the surgery, there were weeks when I would buy clothes that fit and then that very next week would be way to big. It’s frustrating. But even when you do get I your dress, I would gamble even getting it a size smaller than you are when you try it on and order it. The weight begins to come off very quickly.
Post # 7
Based on my friend’s experience, I would wait and buy a corset dress so you could always adjust it if necessary.
Post # 8
Thanks everyone. I’m looking at a corset back for sure. I’m in love with a couple of Maggie Sottero dresses right now, so the corset back is almost a given with her gowns. Obviously it stinks right now because I know it’s way too soon to be dress shopping, but I’ve let myself get attached to a couple of dresses. LOL… It sounds like I’m wanting to do everything the “wrong” (i.e. more difficult) way because I’m almost really interested in getting something form fitting to show off the new body. We didn’t have a traditional ceremony the first time around (didn’t wear a real wedding gown), so I’m excited to get out there and have my experience with shopping for dresses!
I’ve got a friend who’s about 10 months out from having her surgery. We’re similar body type and height, and I have her measurements and have compared those to the Maggie measurement/sizing charts to see what size I could potentially be in around a year from now. I’ve also thought about asking the Dr. her advice on potential weightloss, but I know from the support group I’m a member of that I will probably lose around 100lbs within the first 6 months and the possibility of anywhere from another 50 to 100 in the 6-12 month range.
I’ll try to cool my jets in regards to dresses and try to focus on other aspects of the ceremony to work on right now!
Post # 9
@abittle73 curious as to what ended up working best for you. i have been engaged for almost 5 years and FI and I FINALLY have saved up enough for the wedding of our dreams! i am having gastric bypass in just a few weeks and our wedding is May 3rd. not too sure how long i should wait before trying to go and get my dress.
Post # 10
I just ordered my dress at the end of last month, and our event is December 7th of this year. I ordered my dress 2 sizes smaller than the one I tried on, and I ordered a dress with a corset which will help hold everything in, or let it out, depending on how I lose weight before December. My dress should be in sometime in October, and that I’m a little worried about as they want to start alterations right away, and I’m sure I’ll lose more weight within those last 6 weeks. Good luck with your surgery! I’ve lost about 145lbs since 6/4/12!