(Closed) Anyone else start their dress shopping with 40+ pounds still left to lose?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
10363 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Most dresses can be ordered 6 months out. I’d wait a few months to start looking – see how your progress goes/see if you need to reevaluate your goals.

Post # 4
1192 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I started my weight loss journey 17 months before my wedding with a goal of losing around 100 pounds. From January to July (6 months) I lost 55 pounds, which I explained to my consultant when I went shopping. I loved the dress I loved not because it looked good on “big me” but because it would look good on any version of me. If it looked that good at 260 pounds I know it’ll look damn good at 240 or 220 or even 200, if I make it there. We talked about my alterations options and decided to order it at my current size because we couldn’t predict where I’d lose my weight from and to go down a size I’d need to lose 3 inches in each measurement. Well, what if I lost 1 inch from one, but 4 inches from another? It’s always easier to take a dress in than let it out.

Post # 5
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

I did and am still working on losing!

Post # 6
903 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

*raises hand* i just ordered my dress and am hoping to loose 50-100lbs. Ive lost 6 so far! Lol my seamstress had me order at me current size (6lbs ago 😉 ) and assured me she could take in my dress as many sizes as need be (lucky for me i have a close family friend whos also a professional wedding dress seamstress whos been featured on national tv) 

my dress is an a full a line ball gown, so the hip measurements are useless, so shed only really need to do the bodice and then a bit at the top of the skirt anyways. Its also very simple with no appliques or beading.

Post # 8
9646 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I did and then ended up buying a different dress…oops!

Post # 10
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@stargazer102706:  I bought my dress knowing I wanted to lose 30-40lbs.  So far I’m down two sizes with my first fitting coming up!  I’m hoping I can lose up to my 2nd to last fitting!!

My dress is really simple and I made sure to ask the seamstresses how much they could take it in.  They said the 3 sizes I wanted to lose would be no problem.

Post # 11
9681 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@stargazer102706:  I am waiting until I look and feel my best before I start shopping. There is nothing in the world that would compel me to put on a wedding dress right now.

Post # 12
522 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’m avoiding dress shopping for this very reason.  I’m down about 15 lbs now but would like to drop at least another 15 before I start looking for gowns.  Then again, I’m also not going to buy a designer dress, so it’s probably easier for me.  Best of luck in your weight loss journey!

Post # 13
666 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I was hoping to lose 20, but I think I ended up gaining 5-10.  Wedding planning is stressful!  And takes a lot of time so we ended up eating out a lot, etc.

If you get a dress with a corset back you’ll have a lot more room to play in terms of weight loss.

Good luck!  I wish I could have dropped the weight I wanted to. 

Post # 14
622 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I order my dress with about 60lbs to lose, im more than have where there, dont know what next month will bring but Im happy with my progress my dress is coming in to big so alternations will be needed

Post # 15
3755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I wanted to lose weight before dress shopping as I have about 60lbs to lose. Then I got pregnant and we figured, better just buy the dress at this size because who knows how I’ll be looking in April. Then I had a miscarriage and now I’m back on the weight loss wagon. To be honest, I love my dress at the size I am now and if I don’t lose an ounce, so be it. If i DO lose a bunch of weight, I’ll either have this one altered or try fo find one that won’t take 6 months to get in. We’ll see how it goes. Good luck to you!!

Post # 16
1868 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Well I bought a dress hoping to lose weight before I got married and it never happened…. I did lose 5 lbs of stress weight the week of but that doesnt really count lol. If you need to buy something now, buy something you love in the skin you are in. You can always get the dress altered if you lose weight. Good luck!

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