Post # 1
My guess is most brides have had to deal with this but more so the plus size girls. I ordered my dress a few weeks ago. It is coming in in July. FI and I have been working out and I do intend to lose weight prior to the wedding. When I ordered my dress I was told they could only take it in 2 dress sizes. How am I supposed to know how much weight I can lose that equates to 2 sizes? I’m 5’8 and am really afraid of the dress being too big and having to find another one 2.5 months prior to the wedding. I LOVE my dress and it was over budget. I would be very annoyed if unable to wear it, unable to return it and having to contribute more money to a new dress.
Post # 3
@stressedbride2be: i dont think the 2 sizes thing is necessarily true…. i have heard of people getting dresses taken in 6 sizes… you just have to find a good seamstress… i ordered my dress in the size i was at the time (a 16) i am now a 14 and will prolly be a 12 by the time the wedding comes and i have been told it wont be a problem…. guess ill find out in march when my dress comes in lol. generally for me… im 5’6… i would say for every 15-20lbs i lose that equals a dress size 🙂
Post # 4
i’m not sure if this is going to help but i was told that dresses can easily be altered 2 sizes, but any good seamstress should be able to make your dress fit exactly how you want it regardless of the sizes it goes down. you may have to compromise some of the dress patterns so you might want to consider that. good luck with your weight loss and i’m sure you will look stunning!
Post # 5
I am hoping to lose a dress size or two before the wedding. I’m minimizing the fall-out by having a dress with a laced back. That way, if I gain or lose a few pounds after the fitting, I’m covered (I tend to yo-yo a bit.)
Post # 6
I agree that it takes about 20 pounds for me to go down a dress size. I was in between two sizes when I ordered my gown (20 and 22) and I went for the bigger size because I was worried about having enough coverage for my chest. The dress just came in (I’m still 8 months out) and it fits great except I would want the inner corset to be tighter. I know that’s a simple fix. That being said, I’ve been working out for a year and am now upping my intensity and have started Weight Watchers since I really want to lose 20-30 pounds so I’m expecting some major alterations, but I think I’ll be within that 2 sizes is no biggie area. I think Miss Husky just posted a post this morning to talk about alterations with her dress, which was 5 sizes too big. I think you’ll be ok. Finding a good seamstress is probably key though.
Post # 7
From what I was told at my salon, I could go from size 24 to size 4 and they would still be able to take it in. So if your seamstress can’t do it, I would get a second opinion.
As for losing weight, you can tell from paying attention to your clothes. If you drop one size, you can see how many pounds you lost that got you to that size. For me, one dress size is about 10 pounds but that doesn’t work the same with everyone because some people carry their weight in other areas. So you might go down slower or faster. I would just pay attention to what your street clothes feel like.
Post # 8
I’m in the same boat! When I tried my dress on it fit fine in some areas and was too big in others. I decided to go with the smaller size and it was really scary but also super motivating. I wrote down what my measurements were at the time I ordered my dress and what the manufacturers measurements were on the smaller dress. By doing that I could keep track of my progress by remeasuring and not by weight. It’s not an exact science but I think it’s going to get me pretty close to where I need to be. There’s a lot of draping and swooping of fabric on my dress so I’m sure it would be a really big pain in the donkey to have it altered. I’m hoping my little method will keep me from having to get them done.
Post # 9
Altering a dress down one size means being able to pinch 2 inches of loose dress at the waist. Two sizes means pinching 4 inches at the waist. A dress can be loose before being able to pinch even an inch.
For MOST women, a size is 15-20lbs of weight loss. So if you want to stay in the two size alteration window, and your dress is already a little snug, then you have a window of staying the same weight to losing at most 50 lbs.
I am in the same boat, good luck!!
Post # 10
This is regarding my previous marriage/wedding.
I ended up pregnant, literally a month after our engagement. & I was one of those girls who ordered their wedding dress before getting engaged, LOL. I just saw it one day & KNEW that was the dress I wanted to get married in. I remember it being a size 6-ish.
I gained 100 lbs when I was pregnant (which I still have most of), I refused to part with my perfect dress. Our date was still set & we still did get married, me being 8 1/2 months pregnant. I had my dress altered, to my big fat prego belly & it was no problem & wasnt ridiculously exensive (not like they had to remake the dress or anything) Point is, my dress was altered from a 6, to like, an XL maternity size. Adding sizes to a dress is definitely more complicated than taking in. I wouldnt worry too much about the alterations!