Post # 1
I’m having a dilemma. I’m getting married in October this year. Everything I’ve been reading says I should have picked my dress out last month by now. But I’m not ready. I’ve been losing weight for the past few months, and I’m still working towards my goal. I’ve given myself until June 1 at the very latest to reach my absolute goal. But I feel four months before the wedding isn’t long enough to find the dress, do alterations/fittings. So I don’t know what to do. I’m scared if I go now I won’t be able to picture myself the way I want to look and then it will be a bust anyways. Anybody have words of wisdom? I could soooo use some right now….
Post # 3
Right now you are okay. June will absolutely not be enough time unless you are planning to buy off the rack.
Post # 4
I started shopping in April, 6 months before my wedding. Everone gave me a lot of grief about making a decision ASAP. I ended up buying something off the rack from DB, then changed my mind in late June. I called a couple places to see if dresses I was interested in could be ordered in time–none of it was a big deal. I ended up purchasing something off the internet.
CAVEAT–different manufacturers have different time lines so that may limit your choices. Also, you may be able to get it in time, but pay a rush fee (I think this is usually about $150). If you require extensive alterations, that could be additional as well.
I would recommend you start seriously looking in Feb or March and be ready to order by April. You will have a good enough idea of you weight loss to make a size decision and shouldn’t have any limitations based on time.
Post # 5
Like @DRaeH2W said, June WILL NOT be enough time if you’re planning on ordering a dress. A lot of seamstresses like 8-12 weeks to simply alter your dress, which means it would have to be in your hands by mid-July to avoid a rush charge.
“They” generally say to order your dress at least 6 months ahead of your wedding… So you absolutely need to order by April if you’re not buying off the rack.
Good luck with your weight loss! One side suggestion my hairstylist told me: Take pictures of yourself when you get to your goal weight. Make sure you like the way you look. She hit her goal in time for her bachelorette and thought she looked really sunken, so she ended up putting back on about 4 pounds.
Post # 6
Thanks for the information. I certainly don’t want to wait too long. But I do have another question.. Is it bad to buy off the rack? I honestly am completely ignorant when it comes to this…
Post # 7
if you were planning to get your dress from davids bridal, all of theirs are off the rack. the problem is, at most of the other salons, buying off the rack means buying the sample that everyone else has tried on. sometimes that will make it stretched out, dirty, frayed, or the beading may start to come off. also, the salon may carry multiple off the rack sizes, but not in the same dress… so you limit your options even further. plus, depending on how skinny youre getting, they may all be too big… or too small… for you. sample dresses usually range from sz eight to twelve.
basically, if you order by april, you can have your pick and find your perfect dress. if you wait, things may turn out fine, but you could find yourself having to settle on a less than perfect gown.
Post # 8
you’ll be fine if you get something by april. don’t put off buying a dress just because you plan on losing weight, unless you’re doing something drastic like surgery. any dress can be altered down to fit you.