(Closed) Wedding Dress / Weight Worries

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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469 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

In my experience, it normally takes 4-6 months for the dress to come in once you order it, and then you’ll need about a month and a half (give or take) for alterations.  So for your wedding, you’ll probably want to order your dress not later than 7-8 months in advance, which would be Sept-Oct 2009, but that’s pushing it.

My suggestion would be to go try on dresses and see what you like.  It took me almost 2 months to find a dress that I loved and that looked good on me.  The style that I thouht I liked didn’t really look good at all on my body type, so I was litterally trying on dresses just to see what the shapes looked like on me!  It was crazy.  But, I like you, wanted to lose a ton of weight before trying on dresses.  In the end, I had to just order my dress at the size I was then (EVERYONE looks good in a wedding dress, no matter what their size!!!) and I worked out and did WW for the 6 months it look for the gown to come in.  I went for 3 fittings and had the dress taken in 2 sizes – and the end product was fantastic. 

Good luck and don’t wait till the last minute to order your dress… rush fees are EXPENSIVE!!

Post # 4
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112 posts
Blushing bee

I agree with everything the previous poster said, but I also wanted to add that I got a corset style dress for this very reason. It will be very forgiving with some weight loss (or gain). It’s honestly not my favorite look, but the things it does to my shape are amazing. πŸ™‚

Post # 7
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1044 posts
Bumble bee

You have more than a year before your wedding before you get married so you plenty of time to buy a dress.  Ideally you want to buy it six months before you get married so you don’t have to pay rush fees.  Don’t worry about it too much because even if you do lose weight from the time that you buy the dress to the time of your first fitting, they will have seamstresses on hand that can do wonders in sewing the fabric in to fit your body. 

Post # 9
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1044 posts
Bumble bee

I can understand because my maid of honor has been struggling with her weight as well since gaining weight from college.  She really didn’t want to try any of the dresses on knowing that she wouldn’t feel good in any of them.  But after trying on a few, we did fine one or two that I thought looked nice for her to wear to the wedding. 

Post # 11
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3363 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I just had to order a second dress because I lost weight after ordering mine.  My wedding is in September, but they said the dress would be in before June, and alterations would start in July.  If you go to a place like David’s Bridal, the dress is likely to come in sooner.  But be careful, because if you don’t get a "good" salesperson, they will try to sell you any dress quickly, telling you "it looks great!!"  I was lucky on our 3rd trip to the store..the woman was honest and let me know when I looked like a cream puff.

When they re-ordered my dress, they gave me a warning not to lose much more weight.  Although I do have a corset, they said it is misleading.  They said a lot of people think there is room to play with when you have a corset, but it is actually not reall true.  A too tightly tied corset looks odd and obvious.  They said if I lose more than 5 more pounds then the dress just won’t fit again.

 

Post # 12
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208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Lose the weight first.  Then look for a dress.  I made the mistake of buying a dress and then I lost a lot of weight and I had the dress altered, but it was altered too much and ruined the shape of the dress.  I had to get a new one.

Post # 13
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7082 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I began to lose some weight (5 lbs) before dress shopping.  That way I felt like I was on the right track, and felt confident about myself.  It took a long time to find a dress, so I had more time, and lost a few more pounds.  I’ll still have to have it altered, but I pretty much plateaued with weight loss.  Still, toning is changing my shape as well.  So my wedding is in July and I’ll probably get it altered in June.

Good luck, have fun, and don’t let this make you feel bad about yourself.  It should be good fun!

Post # 15
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156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’m having a concern if my dress will fit.  When I first bought my dress they wanted to order a size 16.  I was horrified, and ordered the one that I had tried on which was a size 14.  Even though I’ve lost 10 pounds since I ordered my dress. I’m beginning to become more worried if I made the right decision about sticking to what I tried on (the size 14).  My uncle (my wedding planner) and I thought it looked fine but the saleslady thought otherwise.  I’m hoping with losing the 10 pounds since first trying on the dress (and hopefully a few more pounds in the next couple months), the dress will fit better.

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