Post # 1
Hi girls! I found my perfect dress last week (Matthew Christopher Moet) but I’m not sure when to order it. You see I have recently lost a few pounds and I need to lose about 20 more to reach my perfect weight (I have 10 months until my wedding). So my question is this, do I just wait to order my gown until I get to my ideal weight? If I wait until then to order it, would it cost much less for the alterations than say if I order it now? The reason I would like to order it sooner is because I get a free veil if I order it before September 30th and that would save me $300, which obviously isn’t worth it if my alterations end up costing $900 or something.
What do you girls think? Did you order your dress before you lost weight and end up regretting it when you got the alterations bill?
Post # 3
LOL, i would say order it a size less than what you would be now if you are CERTAIN you can lose the weight. Otherwise, I would say order the size you are now and let them take it in when it is time for alterations. The dress is fairly simple so I dont see it being hard to take in.
By The Way, love the file name for your picture…lol
Post # 4
I am interested in this question too! I am in the same boat but have 2 extra months!
I have heard that you need to purchase your dress 9 months ahead of time due to 6 months to order the dress and 3 months for alterations! So I was going to do what I can for the next couple of months and then order my dress!
Post # 5
I love that dress and am also doing the same! Here’s to 20 off! Toast to us now!!!
I’m going to wait until I’m within that last 10 and then I’ll pull the trigger!
Post # 6
I agree wuth alishadhs4.
By the way…your dress is KILLER!
Post # 7
i would order it in the size you need now. if something happens and you do not lose the weight, do you really want to be facing the problem of a too small dress? i don’t mean to be harsh, but sometimes things just don’t pan out. also, imagine the feeling of trying it on in 10 months time and having a tangible reminder of how far you’ve come when you do lose the weight!!
Post # 8
Why don’t you set a weight goal for September 30? That is a month away, and you can probably lose close to ten pounds in the time, depending on your starting point. If you can meet the goal, then order the dress in the size you think you will be (though try to err on the side of slightly larger). If you find yourself side tracked, then it might be better to wait until you have a better sense of exactly where you can get to. Good luck! It is a beautiful dress.
Post # 9
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
You don’t need to order nine months ahead. I thought you did because all the timelines told me I did, but I ordered seven months ahead and my dress should be in by early December, which leaves me a lot of time for alterations still (wedding in late March).
You can ask a seamstress for the estimates on the alterations, but whether you take in one inch or three inches shouldn’t affect the price unless you are dealing with a complicated dress (e.g., layers and beads). I’d be more worried about the integrity of the dress. If you take it in a little at the hips that’s one thing; if you have to take the entire skirt in, that’s another. 🙂
Post # 10
Just as a side consideration, I would look on etsy or other places for veils. Bridals salons often mark up the accessories a significant amount, so I think you could save on the veil and still wait to order your dress until you do lose the weight – which I know you will do!
Post # 11
What a great dress! I’d order the size you are now, and then let them take it in once you lose the weight. = )
Post # 12
- Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club
Order the size you are now. What seems like “motivation” now will end up being “stress” later. I’m not doubting that you can lose the weight! I’m just saying… it’s better to be as stress-free as possible.
The other idea is that… what if you lose the weight and it doesn’t come off in the way you hoped it would? When I lose weight, I usually lose it in my face & thighs first, which does nothing for my waistline.
Your alterations won’t be that much! Start researching now to find a good seamstress you trust, the number one way to be ripped off with alterations is to have them done at the bridal shops.
Post # 13
By The Way, I think the motivation to buy now for a $300 veil is a no-no! You can find a gorgeous (OK, MORE gorgeous) veil by looking around at places other than Bridal Shops!
I’d wait a little bit! You might plateau at a 10 pound loss, etc. See how your weight loss is going. On a more sensitive note, do you honestly have 20 solid pounds to lose? You might be surprised that your body stops you from losing weight. I always wanted to get down to 20% body fat. It’s a “normal” body fat %. My body WILL NOT let me go below 22%. Not gonna happen. Make sure its’ a realistic goal, that’s all, and congrats so far =]
The veils’ not a big enough incentive to rush a dress buy! Really!
Post # 14
love the dress!! but i have no suggestions about ordering… i agree with a pp on checking etsy for the veil though, 300 is a bit pricey…
Post # 15
It sounds like the bridal salon is trying to pressure into buying the dress. One of the ladies that owns the bridal store that I went to said that she offers the free veil to every bride no matter when they order the gown. It is just an incentive to get you to order sooner rather than later. I’m sure if you went back in Nov. and wanted the gown, you would still get the free veil.
Besides the veil situation, I would probably order the dress now in the size that you are. I am totally confident that you will lose the 20 lbs, but taking in the dress 2 sizes (it is about one size for every 10 lbs) shouldn’t cost you any extra. It looks like your dress will be pretty easy to alter because it doesn’t have a ton of extra beading, etc. Good luck with your weight loss!!! I wish that I had your motivation…let us know how it is going!!
Post # 16
As a bride who ordered her dress and it now doesn’t exactly fit…for GOOD reasons, I can sympathize. I ordered my dress in my street size. I know that they (sometimes) tell you not to do that, but I only needed to lose about 10 pounds and do some toning that I was SURE that I could do. I’ve lost the 10 that I originally set out to lose, and more is coming off now that I’m getting close to the day…
BUT and this is a BIG BUT…I would warn you about taking the chance. My dress was a corset-style. So, it would fluctuate a size in either direction due to the design of the dress. For the first two months of losing weight, I literally had NIGHTLY nightmares about my dress NOT fitting and me not being able to lose the weight. Looking back on things, I probably should have just ordered the dress in my normal size and saved myself the heartburn….does that make sense?
I would also agree with others that getting the veil free is NOT a good reason to buy the dress now. The veil that I wanted in the bridal salon was also about $300, but I found a lady locally to make it for me for $35, and I’m adding (or my Bridesmaid or Best Man is adding) the embellishments to it. MUCH better route than a bridal salon.