Post # 1
I go back to the salon on Monday to order my dress and (ack!) pay that non-refundable deposit. I’m getting the salon’s version of the Allure 8764 in ivory – the salon’s sample doesn’t have the flower at the neckline.
I tried on the sample size 12, which was just a bit too small around the tummy and hips. The salon owner has urged me to order a 14 so that I have room to work with. But I plan to lose some weight between now and my April wedding, so I’m thinking of just ordering the 12. I’d hate to order the 14, only to have to pay for alterations to make it into a 12 if it’s too big. On the flip side, if I don’t lose the weight, I could be paying for a dress that doesn’t fit.
Here are pics of me in the size 12. What do you think? Keep it at a 12 or go for the 14? My feelings won’t be hurt, honest! I think you’ll be able to see that the 12 is a bit snug. I haven’t decided on a sash yet, which is why you’ll see two different ones in the pics. For what it’s worth, my Grandmother, aunt, and cousin thought the dress in size 12 fit me to a tee.
Post # 3
it’s a whole lot easier to take in a dress than it is to make it bigger, and even then, a lot of times you can’t. I say go for the larger size and have it taken it
Post # 4
You can’t guarantee you’ll lose the weight… But you do have 9 months almost… you never know, but do you want to take that chance knowing you can’t change the size?
Post # 5
The 12 is obviously a bit too small for you. You can tell by the way it’s bunching up across your midsection and hips. Did you try sitting down in it? I had the same problem with the sample I tried on (in a very similar style to yours, actually), so I ordered one size bigger and I’m glad I did because it gave the seamstress a lot more to work with. However, you should ask how much room there is in the seams to let out and how much you will need to let out (assume that you won’t lose any weight at all- pessimistic, I know, but it does sometimes happen that way). Then ask if you ordered the bigger size, will it need to be taken in at the bust. If they have to do significant alterations to the bust in order to make it fit you and be supportive, that will cost a lot of money and may not be worth it to you. Right now, it looks like the bust fits you pretty well and if you go a size up, it will probably be too big, but whether it’s just a little big or a lot big is hard to guess.
Post # 6
just wanted to say.. your dress is GORGEOUS!!
Post # 7
Thanks, Ladies! I really appreciate the feedback! I’ll definitely have peace of mind if I order the 14.
@abbie017: That’s an excellent point and that’s what the rational side of my brain keeps telling me! I just need to listen to it.
@happyface: Since I do have 9 months til my wedding, I think I could lose the weight. But I’d hate to have to count on that in order to fit into my dress.
@Edelweiss: You bring up some really good points about the fit of the dress in the bust. I hadn’t even thought of that – I’ll have to make sure I ask these questions on Monday. I’ll also need to try the sit-down test again. I did it when I first tried on the dress but don’t remember how it felt/looked.
@rachie576: Thank you! I had gone into the dress-shopping process swearing off lace. It’s gorgeous and so classic, but I didn’t think I could pull it off. But a friend of mine pulled a lace dress for me to try on because she said “it’s so you!” And here we are! Go figure.
Post # 8
@rachie576: And we’re almost date twins!
Post # 9
I would order the bigger size. The dress you tried on in the store has been tried on by all shapes and sizes, and stretched out more and more. If you were to put on a new out of the factory size 12 in the same dress, it would be a lot tighter/smaller. The lady at the store probably recommended the 14 based on their sizing chart, and I would go with that.
P.S It is a gorgeous dress!
Post # 10
I voted for the larger because I know how much stress eating was involved in wedding planning ugh!
Post # 11
You look gorgeous, so why lose weight? That said, if you really want the 12 and haven’t lost weight when it gets closer to your wedding (not right before), do a juice feast. I guarantee that weight will come off.
Post # 12
First of all, your dress is absolutely gorgeous! And you look stunning in it 🙂 I would hate to see you put pressure on yourself to make sure you’re at the ‘perfect weight’ for the 12. If I were you, I would order the 14 and have it taken in. The 12 you’re trying on (sample gown) is probably a little stretched out from others trying it on. At the end of the day, you want to be comfortable and feel great in your dress!
Post # 13
Gorgeous!!! I’d also suggest just getting the 14. You want to lose weight because you WANT to, not because you HAVE to!!
Post # 14
I just wanted to say I agree with everyone who says to order the 14 and that your dress is beautiful and I love the sash in the second pic 🙂
Post # 15
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I know you have probably ordered already, but I am in the size-14 camp. You will most likely have to get alterations anyway. It’s rare a bride doesn’t and often when a bride on here shows a picture of her dress (on her) that she says she doesn’t need alterations on, I disagree and keep my mouth shut. A wedding dress should fit like a glove. Whether they take the dress in just a tiny, tiny bit or a whole size, the cost is usually the same. It’s not about how much fabric they cut out but how many seams they have to open up, and that number won’t change unless your dress is ridiculously too big, which it won’t be unless you lose like 40 lbs.
Post # 16
The dress is beautiful! I would say order the larger size because even if you do lose weight, you don’t know “where” you’re going to lose it…..so when you say if you buy the 14 and lose weight, you don’t want to have to have it altered to a 12…what I’m trying to say is that even if you lose weight and buy the 12, you might still need alterations…and if you buy the 14 and lose weight, I would be willing to bet it still wouldn’t be altered to the exact measurements of the 12. Does that make sense?