Timeline for dress ordering (weight loss and other concerns) and alterations

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
49 posts
  • Wedding: June 2015

I think it depends on the dress you order and where you order it from on how long it takes to come in. I would recommend not ordering less than six months out. So you have time to get it in and time for alterations.

As for weight, I had the same issue. I was in between sizes so I ordered the smaller size. My bridal consultant said that losing 30 pounds would not be too much for alterations. She said it would be about a 1/2 an inch on the four seams that my dress has.

Hope this helps. I recommend talking to your bridal consultant/a consultant at a bridal store. They will know how long it will take to get a certain dress and how much room there is for alterations.

Post # 3
913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard

I think it all depends on the designer and how long it would take to get it in. I know mine took well over 6 months, (I’ve seen others on here saying it took 8-9 months to get theirs in) then alterations take another month give or take, so give your self time. 

Order it in the size you are NOW. Soooo many people say they are going to lose weight and don’t. Some do so I’m not saying that but salons see it too many times. I was one of them. I’ve lost 150 lbs over the last couple years, and thought for sure I would lose a lot more but wedding planning stress completely stalled my weight loss and I’ve only lost maybe 5 in the last 7 months despite trying everything!

It is soooo much easier for seamstresses to take in dresses than to take out. 

Order now, In the size you are now, Work on you the best you can. 

Most of all….remember your fiance fell in love with you for who you are not what you look like. Even if you don’t lose weight, it will still be the most magical day of your life. 

Post # 4
2791 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

Depends where you are ordering from. Most bridal shops say 9+ months. David’s Bridal is a shorter time 2-3 months. 

Post # 5
1419 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Meh, if you’ve lost weight before, you can probably do it again. I would order the dress 1 size too small.  You have lots of time to lose, and although it’s true that u can alter a dress to be much smaller than it is, sometimes the end result isn’t the same. Speaking from experience here- I got scared into ordering the dress in the size I was, then I lost weight and had to take the dress in a lot. The sweetheart neckline was never the same as it would have been if I ordered the smaller size. So I guess it also depends on the type of dress. 

Post # 6
585 posts
Busy bee

I agree with PP on depends on the designer and if it’s custom, where they are shipping from, etc.

But typically they want you to order around 9 months in advance, and alterations take about 6-8 weeks (on average).

For example:

  • I ordered in February for my Nov. wedding. (9 months in advance). They said it would arrive in Sept.
  • It arrived in July. It sat at the store for 2 months because they didn’t want to start the fittings until a month or two prior, incase of weight changes, duh.
  • My first fitting was end of Sept. I am having it hemmed, the hips takin in (it’s mermaid), and a bustle put in. If I need the bust taken in/out, they will do that on the 2nd fitting because they want to make sure it is as close to my wedding day size as possible.
  • Today is my 2nd. (2 weeks after my first)
  • 3rd and final will be in 3 weeks, or 2 weeks before the wedding.
  • Monday before the wedding (sat) they will press it and I take it home.

It probably doesn’t, but I hope this helps!

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