Post # 1
So, I am a bridesmaid in a friends wedding in 11 days. I tried on my bridesmaid dress on Saturday for the first time (stupid I know, but I sent my exact measurements and haven’t gained weight so I thought it would be fine) and the dress is realllly tight (I can breathe and all but I feel and look like a stuffed sausage)! I mean, it goes on but not easily–I have to wear spanx and SO has to clasp and zip while I suck in. So needless to say…on Sunday morning I started a low carb diet–no white foods (no bread, pasta, rice, etc) and no sweets. Basically I have been eating yogurt with fruit for breakfast, salad and baby carrots for lunch, having fruit or a small handful of almonds as a snack, and then either salad or grilled chicken with sauteed veggies for dinner.
Here’s where I need the advice–do you think doing that is enough to make the dress at least bearable for the wedding or do you think I need to do something else? Should I rush it to a seamstress to have a corset put it? Should I try a body wrap a couple days before my friend’s wedding (I have heard you can lose several inches temporarily (water weight) by doing this)?
I already feel so stupid for waiting to try it on, but does any have advice?
Post # 2
If you’re worried about the dress fitting, I’d go completely no/low carb, dairy free, gluten free, artificial sugar free, etc, since it’s only for 11 days. That means cutting out the yogurt and the fruit. I’d do meat, veggies (carrots are actually a pretty high carb vegetable), and water for the next 11 days and see if that does the trick. Depending on how heavy you are, it is possible to drop 10 pounds in that amount of time (although the vast majority of that will be water weight that you will gain back when you start eating carbs again). I don’t normally recommend crash dieting, but this is kind of a sticky short-term situation.
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2019 - City, State
I’d take it to a seamstress to see if they can let it out a bit. I’d rather be safe and feel comfortable than hope for the best with a new eating regimen. Although I lose wight really slowly, so I’d never count on eating healthy (but thats a personal decision)
Post # 4
Depending on the style of the dress and how many vertical seams it has, it might be able to be let out easily without anything as drastic as a corset. You can usually get at least 1/2 ” per seam.
Frankly, if it’s that tight I would get it altered now.
Post # 5
julies1949: Charliejeorge: I just spoke to a seamstress who seemed pretty sure she could let it out. I am going to bring it to her tonight. Thank you for your help. Even just a couple inches will make all the difference!
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2019 - City, State
HoneyBee827: Yes, a couple inches will take it from too tight to perfect! Good Luck!
Post # 7
Try exercising a bit too…especially sit ups crunches lunges ect
Post # 8
Try the seamstress, if nothing can be done look up getting a “body wrap” type treatment. They definitely aren’t long lasting but it would be perfect for losing a ton of water weight (and possibly inches) just for a short period of time. They are also good for your skin and you can treat yourself to a spa day!
Post # 9
I’m glad you’re going with a seamstress. Generally manufacturers of bridesmaid dresses tend to add extra fabric in case of situations like this. I had to get mine taken out a tad as well within a week of the wedding. Good luck!
Post # 10
- Wedding: November 2014 - Hotel Bethlehem
One of my recent friends had this issue. This actually works as long as you don’t cheat. It’s a three day juice cleanse. I would suggest doing it at least 7 days before the wedding that you can ease back into solids after the detox. She did the cleanse during work for three days we worked together and her only complaints was a slight headache. I asked her after each meal if she felt hungry and I was amazed when she told me she felt full. She lost a total of 6lbs, 2 lbs each day. Here is the website through dr.oz :
I hope you everything works out!!
Post # 11
try exercise and make some alternations for your dress, balance it, choose the easy way to help you !
Post # 12
- Wedding: A very pretty church.
HoneyBee827: Glad you went with the seamstress and hope it works, trying to drastically change your shape to fit a dress that should fit you anyway is unlikely to be fun or particularly healthy.
Post # 13
HoneyBee827: Go to a seamstress and see what they can do. Don’t torture yourself to fit into a dress when a few tailoring adjustments may fix the problem!
Post # 14
a seamtress or tailor can let it out. Sounds like it needs like a 1/2 inch which all dresses have at least that much to give.
Post # 15
I would definitely try to let it out, even an inch will help you. The other option is to go braless, my bridesmaid tried her dress on and freaked out because it was too tight. Turned out that if she went braless, it was just a little snug and she decided not to have it let out and just went braless.
Fingers crossed this works out for you!