(Closed) Another crazy scheme from me: would you buy a bit too small to save BIG $$?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I bought my dress for a steal (retail $4200, I paid $650) and it was too small.  Also new and never worn.  I had 6 weeks to my fitting so I watched what I ate and worked out.  When I went on Saturday, it fit with no problem.  You have more time to lose weight.  If it is that close in size, you could probably drop enough weight and save yourself the alterations fees.  Usually you can let a modern wedding dress out a size without too much problem.

Post # 4
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Do you have any bridal consignment shops in your area? I would check one of those if you have one. I would also probably go with whatever needs the least alterations. At this point I’d either keep looking for the 16W, or order the new one. Because yeah you may be saving money, but are you really saving that much when you add in the extra alterations?

The only other thing I would really do is maybe try to lose weight to fit in my dress. I think if you lost more than you meant to or something it would still be easier to take it in than let it out.


Post # 6
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

While you are there, take a peek at the seam allowance on the dress at DB. It will give you a sense of how much that 18 in the online auction could possibly be let out. The less expensive the dress, usually the less fabric they leave as seam allowance. It’s usually 5/8″ or so.


Post # 7
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

You aren’t going to save any money if the dress is unwearable because your body doesn’t fit into the dress. Seriously. I did this. It didn’t work. I think you should buy a dress that fits you. Especially with the wedding not being until march – you never know what could happen with weight. You may gain, or you may lose enough that you STILL need to do the expensive alterations that you’re trying to avoid. I think this is not the place to save money…

Post # 8
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

What’s typical weight gain/loss for you in a 6 month period during stressful times?

I think that’s the bigger question.  

Typically, they can take in or let out dresses, based on the way it’s constructed.  Did you get a sense for how they could let it out, when you tried on the dress?

Do you know who you are using for a seamstress yet?  I’d show them a picture of the dress to find out how much they’d charge you for what you are trying to accomplish.


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