How are you managing weight loss + dress ordering?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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708 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I wanted to wait to buy my dress until I lost more weight (I was just going to get an off the rack dress at David’s Bridal). I’ve done pretty well losing close to 20 pounds in the last several weeks. But when I found the dress I wanted online and saw the ordering times (5 months for Justin Alexander) I started freaking out as my wedding is in December (we just got engaged last month which is why I didn’t start earlier). Luckily they do have the dress in production and can get it to me for November but they ordered for the size I am right now. If I continue to lose they said alterations could be done for up to three sizes smaller on that style. I kind of wished I ordered one size down but I can see how that is risky. I totally understand your anxiety!

Post # 3
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1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

MuseForever:  I am 5 feet tall same shape as you with 34DD. when I tried my dress it was a samples size 22 I order a 18 since all the other dress i have tried previously that fit me was a size 18. I am already loosing weight. I wouldn’t recommend for someone to purchase their dress a size smaller. It easier to take a dress in then trying to make it bigger. Don’t be affraid that is why we have alteration for don’t be scare. 

Post # 4
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4483 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I bought at David’s Bridal, and they would do an even exchange if I shrink out of my current size 14 dress. I just need to give some notice so the new dress has time to come in. Here’s a picture. I’m not busty but I’m hippy. It’s a 14, so technically not a plus size dress, but I sure don’t look like the catalog models.

Post # 5
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864 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

first of all not every bride loses weight before her wedding.  Some gain weight from stress eating or the celebrating leading up to the wedding.  Second, most dresses need to be ordered a year in advance to allow time for the dress to be made and for you to have whatever alterations needed to be completed.  Don’t wait too late to start looking.  Third you are lucky to be an hourglass.  Most designers make dresses to fit hourglass shapes so you will look good in a wide variety of dresses from fit and flares to ball gowns.  Don’t be nervous.  Just remember that most dress samples won’t be exact fits so you will have to use your imagination a little bit.  The first time you go keep an open mind and try on several different silhouettes to see what you like and what fits your venue.  Just enjoy the process and  try on dresses from different designers to get a feel for what fits better.  Enjoy the process.

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Post # 6
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533 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m in the same boat! I have 30 pounds I’d like to lose – my wedding is also April, 2015!  I’m going to be ordering my dress from Dolly Couture, and it needs about 12 weeks lead-time.  Also, I wanted at least a month to deal with alterations.  

I have read a lot of other posts on the Bee that dresses are much easier to take in than let out.  My plan: In three months, I’ll take my measurements and order based on those, then have it taken in as necessary.  I think ordering a smaller dress is not a great idea – that could be a LOT of pressure, and this is supposed to be a fun time!

The good news – we’ve got lots of time!  Are you already on a diet plan?  I’d say you could wait another few months to try on dresses to be closer to the size you’ll be for the wedding.  The most important thing – that you feel amazing and beautiful no matter what size you are!  Plus, you’re tall and you’ve got a great rack! 😉  

I’m going to follow this thread!

 

Post # 7
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1568 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

MuseForever:  I am a bride who weighs 260lbs (I dont look it I promise) I bought a big giant ball gown dress and was sure to buy the size I tried on. I have been loosing weight here and there (I am down to 240lbs and it is still as snug as the day I bought it. It fits great in the belly and boob area apparently my back and arms are not too fantastic. I am working harder and harder each day. My advice buy the size you try on (or a size lower) try it on once a month and work your hardest to fit into it. 

Post # 13
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1568 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

MuseForever:  Thank you. I feel gross and I definitely want to work on my arms before the wedding. What I am doing right now is powerwalking 10 laps around the sixflags great america theme park jumping on a rollercoaster and going home 2 times a week, doing 20 jumping jacks, 50 high knee jumps (single alternating legs), 15 squats, 200 crunches, and I am ALWAYS using my free weights.

Post # 14
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332 posts
Helper bee

MuseForever:  Do not order too much smaller. Order the size you are, and take it in, if needed. Just ensure that the salesperson does not order larger than your current size (they sometimes do to try to jack up in-house alterations costs, or even just to “be on the safe side). Also be sure to get a dress the isn’t too intricate in design and detailed, and can be altered easily. I lost 30lbs and my dress ended up being too big (it was just slightly too small upon ordering, before and after photo below). However, I simply had it taken in. Did it fit perfectly even after alterations? No, I have an entirely different body shape now and probably would have been better suited for a completely different silhouette entirely at that point. I was so elated with my new physique, though, that I would do it again in a second. Find a dress you love on you NOW (and will love on your new body), focus on where you want your health and fitness to be and I promise the dress will follow suit. Best of luck!!!

Post # 15
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102 posts
Blushing bee

PoliticallyIncorrect:  hei i love your dress. how do I get the dress that you like to have? what budget do I need?

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