(Closed) How much can a wedding dress be taken in??

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
3626 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think it can be taken in up to 2 sizes.

Post # 4
11343 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

My bridal salon advised me that a wedding dress can be taken in two sizes.

Post # 6
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

It all depends on the style of the dress, the fabric and the detailing on the dress. When you go in to the bridal store to try on dresses they can advise you the best size to order.

Post # 7
11343 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@Dandelion D: If you are on a controlled diet plan that you know will result in more weight loss, then perhaps you could order the dress one size smaller than you are now, and know that the dress could be taken in up to two additional sizes.  Right now, you are still ten months out from your wedding date, and I would suggest waiting a little bit longer before ordering.  Some gowns must be ordered at least eight months in advance.  Others can be ordered six months in advance.  I would discuss this in detail with an associate at the shop where you plan to purchase your gown and work with the staff there to make the best decision on timing and size, based upon which gown/designer you select and how much lead time your order will require. 

Post # 8
778 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Well first of all, congratulations on the weight loss so far. How exciting!

I bought my dress used and had a skilled tailor take it down substantially-probably 3 sizes. From what I’ve read and heard, normally you can go down 2-4 sizes, depending on the design of the dress (details like ruching/embellishment/lace can also affect this).

It sounds like you’ve been really disciplined and your plan is working for you, so my advice would be to order your dress one size smaller than you currently are, trusting that you will do what it takes to fit into it. If you need to have it taken in further it shouldn’t be a major problem.

For extra peace of mind and if you really think wanting to go down more than 2 sizes is a possibility, you might consider trying to schedule an appointment with a talented tailor/seamstress and asking what types of dresses are easiest to alter and what elements are most likely to create problems. That way you can shop with some parameters in mind.

Be sure to include an estimated cost of alterations in your dress budget unless you plan to buy from a place that includes them in the price!

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