Post # 1
I know we all wish we could lose way too much weight than we have. However, I’m about to buy a wedding gown but am also looking lose weight. How much is too much weight to lose after you buy the dress? If you lose too much weight, will altering the dress be impossible? Thoughts please!
Post # 3
If you lose more than two dress sizes from your wedding gown, the dress begins to lose its shape and it becomes pretty hard to alter the dress. My mom’s best friend is a costume designer, and she said the one piece of advice for me was to stop losing weight, and focus on maintaining after I bought a dress. Realistically, I don’t think many brides will do that, but I would recommend losing no more than 2 sizes (about 15 lbs.)
Post # 4
Well, my dress is a corset back, so I could probably go down 40 lbs (ha – that’ll NEVER happen!) and I think I’d be ok (with some minor alterations, of course).
Post # 5
Make sure you schedule your alterations very close to your wedding date. Though I did that, the last 2 weeks altered my shape enough that I needed additional alterations so that the dress would fit.
Of course my seamstress was amazing and it all worked out great!
Post # 6
As others have said, the more you lose, the more difficult it will be to alter the dress. However, my cousin was once in a wedding. She’s a size 4, and somehow, the shop ordered her dress in a size 14! There wasn’t any time to exchange it, so they had to do some serious work on it. In the end, it fit perfectly, after about four fittings. So it’s not impossible.
Since your wedding is over a year away, I would advise that you start to try on dresses, but not buy anything until about nine months out, and really focus on losing any weight from now until January 2010. That way, you’ll at least be closer to the weight you want to be at, thus, a dress closer to the size you’ll be on your wedding day.
Post # 7
I’d say it depends on the dress. I have a corset back and I had just lost some weight when I bought it. I thought I should have a smaller size since I was planning on losing more, but the sales lady told me that with the bigger dress, I would be able to lose 10-15 more pounds, but with the smaller on one, if I were to gain any more, the dress would start to stretch too much in the corset and look funny.
Post # 8
hey date twin i was just having the same convo with one of my bridesmaids! get question!
Post # 9
Can I be honest though? I used to be a bridal consultant… I’ve worked with hundreds of brides, and they ALL said they were going to try to lose weight, and while a good bit of them did lose weight, only one of them lost so much she needed major alterations for it… even if they lost ten-twenty pounds, it was spread all over their bodies, and we would still only have to have it taken in less than an inch in different areas. The biggest area they would lose weight would be their boobs and you can sew in pads to your dress for like 10 bucks which is cheaper than altering it anyway and that solves that.
Just my two cents!
Post # 10
Great advice Laura! Right now Im just gaining weight, moving in with Fiance has KILLED my 30lb weight lose. Now I need to lose 10-15 more instead of my 10-5 more! Ooppsie!
Post # 11
The answer to your question depends entirely on how big you are now. A size 28 woman can shrink much much much more than a size 6 woman in a year.
Your wedding is far enough away that you can put off buying a dress until you see how successful or not you are losing weight.
Losing weight is hard and everyone has different levels of ease and success doing so. Why don’t you wait until January to blitz a few dress shops and find your dream dress? Between then and now that gives you 5 whole months to see how much you’ve lost (or not lost).
Then, in January, buy your dress on your size AT THAT POINT. If you’re plus sized, you have to try not to lose more than a few sizes after that point. If you’re the size 6, you can probably lose almost as much as you want since you can’t get more than a few sizes smaller anyway.