Post # 1
Are there any other brides out there who are struggling with the whole weight issue when it comes to dress shopping? I would like to lose weight, but I’m not sure if I will, and if I DO, I’m not sure how much I will lose! Do I buy a dress that fits now? And just have it taken in if I lose weight? I thought about getting a dress a couple sizes smaller, but I’m not sure if I want to put that kind of pressure on myself. How much can a dress be taken in?
Post # 3
I would get a dress at the size you are now. Alterations can do wondrous things… even if you have to go down a couple sizes. I have many friends that ordered a dress several sizes smaller and they never lost the weight. Needless to say, they were stuck looking for a dress at the last moment. My college friend had to settle with a different style than her top choice because the original dress took 5 months to come in.
Post # 4
How much are you trying to lose? The good thing is you have over a year. I’d start losing weight now and wait to go dress shopping til about 8 months out.
I only started my weight loss 7 months out (could NOT get motivated before then) and the whole dress thing has been a major stressor these past few weeks. Even today, I was wishing that I was the size I’m at now trying on dresses (I would have picked a totally different dress in my current size, I’m sure).
My best advise to you is just start with something TODAY and work hard and stick to it. In 6 months, you should see a significant change and you can go dress shopping then and still have plenty of time for your Dec 2011 wedding.
YOU CAN DO IT!
Post # 5
Like you, I’m trying to lose weight. I’m putting off buying a dress until the last possible minute- since I’m just ordering one from Nordstrom I can wait a pretty long time. I think the best thing to do is to continue losing weight until you buy a dress. Your wedding date is a long way off, so you’ve got plenty of time! Don’t put too much pressure on yourself by buying a dress that’s some sizes smaller. Also, I’ve heard that a dress can only be taken in a max of 2 sizes, otherwise it will lose it’s shape.
Post # 6
I just noticed your wedding date… @aracle makes a great point. I would order a dress in like 5-6 months. Good luck sweetie!!!
Post # 7
Don’t stress! Take a deep breath. Your FI loves you the way you are, just a reminder. If you are trying to lose weight for health purposes, I totally understand. I also totally understand trying to lose weight for vanity, but there is no need to pressure yourself during an already stressful time by buying a dress too small. I bought my dress in a size that fits me perfectly and I am hoping to lose a little by the wedding, if you do the same then if you lose weight it will be tailored perfectly to your body. I think that’s the best way to go.
Post # 8
Thanks so much ladies! It looks like everyone is on the same page here, so I think I will wait to buy a dress for several months. In the meantime, I’ll continue to have fun looking and trying on!
@oracle: Thanks for the advice and words of encouragement! I am ideally trying to lose about 30-40 lbs, although I’m sure I would be happy with 20. I think that if I buy a dress now, I will end up in your same situation, wishing I had picked a completely different dress once I am at the size I want to be. It’s hard to wait though, because dress shopping is just so much fun! 🙂
@sweetpea1031: Thank you!!! You are right, FI completely loves me the way I am, and if I didn’t lose a single pound for our wedding, he would still love the way I looked that day. Sometimes I have to remind myself of that! It’s easy, as a bride-to-be, to feel pressured to lose weight.