Post # 1
Did any of you actually have your first fitting, only to find that your dress was too small? If you did, what happened?
The sample I tried on of my dress was a size 10. I thought it fit ok, but it definitely had to be pinned in the back. I don’t know how much, because I was too caught up in the excitement of having found “the dress” to pay attention. The woman who helped me took my measurements and ordered an 8.
I will not be losing weight before the wedding, I have no intention of dieting or anything, I’m happy the way I am! But now that the day the dress gets here and the day of the wedding are getting closer, I’m starting to worry that the dress will be too small!
I’m wondering if this actually happened to anyone, or if I’m just watching too many episodes of Bulging Brides and in reality this hardly ever happens. What’s your story??
Post # 3
Mine was too big and had to be taken in QUITE a bit!
Post # 4
I was too excited when we ordered mine that I didn’t even ask what size they ordered for me. Then, I gained weight between August when it was ordered, and April when it arrived, and of course, it couldn’t be zipped up.
By working out harder and watching what I ate, I managed to lose 10 pounds between April and July and now it zips up fine. It’s still tight, but apparently it’s supposed to be like that. I have a bit of back bulge, but that can’t really be helped at this point.
I think if you haven’t gained weight since you ordered your dress, though, you’ll be fine. Even if it’s a little tight, you still have time to lose a few pounds in a healthy way before your wedding!
Post # 5
I tried on a sample of my dress that fit perfectly at one store and then ordered my dress from a different store. They measured me and decided that I needed to order that size according to the designer’s size chart. It fit very well when it came in and I only had to have the straps shortened and the bust area taken in a little bit. I’m glad I was able to find a sample in my size since so many samples I tried on were too small!
Post # 6
Typically the size you measure for will be too big if you’ve ordered to their recommendation. Bridal stores make money on alterations so often the dresses are sized much bigger than they need to be.
I ordered one size down from what they recommended. It was a corset back so I had a little flexibility but it fit perfectly with just a hem, and a little help in the bust area.
Post # 7
I emailed my Bridesmaid or Best Man who was there with me and asked if she noticed how big it was, and she said it was only pinned about an inch on the upper part of the back! My biggest fear is that it won’t fit my hips… I’m kind of small up top and in the waist, but I’ve got kind of wide hips for my frame… and I like that, I definitely do NOT want to be stressed out feeling like I have to diet and lose weight to fit into my dress.
I’m a little worried, and I have to wait 5 or 6 weeks ’til it gets here… yikes!
As a side note, my Bridesmaid or Best Man also wrote back “Quit watching those shows, you’re gonna drive yourself crazy!” ha ha.
Post # 8
It happened to me and it was a pain in the ass. The sample I tried on was a size 10, but it was a little tight. I couldn’t feel the tightness but you could just tell it was tight because it wrinkled in the stomach area. So they ordered a size 12 for me. That came in and it was way too small. It felt smaller than the sample dress and I could barely breathe. And this is a dress that was supposed to be bigger than the sample size! I really think they didn’t measure me correctly or order the dress correctly. The store was full of a bunch of b*tches who just said things like, “oh you don’t need to sit on your wedding day, and you won’t notice that you can’t breath well”.
I took my dress from that store and never walked in there again. I worked out almost everyday at the gym for 3 months. The lady I did alterations with was able to take the dress out a little bit. But the dress was made incorrectly and there wasn’t enough seam allowance. I tried to tell that to the store I bought it from but they were just like “oh we can fix it in alterations”. As if I would give them any more business and do alterations with them!
My advice if this happens to you is to just go to the gym everyday and do cardio really hard. Don’t weight lift because that will make you bigger.
Don’t fret about it now either. Wait until your dress comes in and see what it is like.
On a side note – I don’t know why I ever let the store order a size 12 for me. Size 12 or 14 is normally my street size and I should have known that wedding dresses are always ordered in a size bigger than your street size!
Post # 9
I really wanted the J. Crew Lucinda ballgown, but it only comes in sizes up to a 12. I’m 6’1″, and usually a 12 in their dresses, so I tried it….fit perfectly except the bust was too small in the bodice (a common complaint I have heard about their bridal gowns). I lucked out, because it was the perfect length (yay!), and their bodices also have a lot of seam allowance and a lot of seams. It is detailed work to let the seams out the right way, but all I needed was an inch, so it worked beautifully. It was let out no problem, and fits perfectly now!
Post # 10
@amariem25: You won’t notice that you can’t breathe well?!?? I would have went completely batty at that!
I’m going to try not to stress. I guess part of my worry is that I run all the time now, I’m training for a half marathon… so I don’t know what else I could do to make my hips smaller if I had to, I think I’m stuck with these, ha ha!
Either way, you’re right – I shouldn’t worry until it gets here. It might be ok. I’m just sometimes a worrier, and this is such a perfect thing to worry about, since it matters so much 🙂
Post # 11
My dress was too small when I bought it but I lost a little weight over the course of 6 months and now it’s too big and I have to have it taken in.
Post # 12
Somewhat off topic: I actually got an e-mail yesterday saying my dress and veil were in, so as I was calling to make an appointment, I looked at the details of the dress in the e-mail and evidently the girl ordered me one size too small (the exact size I tried on at the store and couldn’t zip up with a bra on)! So I just stayed on the phone, and had them order the right size. Luckily I ordered it way ahead of time, so it’s not a huge deal, but I was still annoyed with that girl. So I would be going in for my first fitting on Monday, but nope. I have to wait a couple more months.
Way to get my hopes up, girl at the bridal store!
Anyway, I’m positive that when the right size does come in, I will need to get it shortened significantly. Like I do with everything else! 🙂
Post # 13
I ordered the dress to fit what I was then. I had to have it taken in a little, but since then I have lost some weight and will proabably lose a little more (which may make me have to take it in again).
Post # 14
My answer isn’t up there – It was too big and it was a disaster. Taking in isn’t so easy on every dress.
Post # 15
i was lucky – mine fit like a glove! only alterations are bustle & taking in the bust (& sewing in cups).
Post # 16
Mine fit perfectly (other than length) but it was a corset so it was easier. My wedding consultant measured me and ordered the size down from the sample and everything worked out. Good luck!