Dress Alteration Worries

posted 7 months ago in Dress
Post # 2
408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I might not be much help, sorry. I had also wanted to lose a good amount of weight before my wedding, but ended up I think gaining some (around 10 pounds) between getting engaged and the wedding. Work was insanely stressful for me at the time and it just never happened. I would say just to focus on what you can and try on different styles. Buy one you love at the size you are at, in the style that you like when looking. It loads easier to take a dress in than to make it bigger. Occasionally when people lose a lot of weight the style they picked is no longer that flattering, but I think it’s rare!

Post # 3
907 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2020

You won’t be going for alterations right away. So you’ll have time to lose weight between picking the dress and getting it altered. 

Post # 4
10690 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

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Well l wish you very well on your weight loss journey, it is so hard l know,  and you have done well so far. Don’t make yourself miserable though, in the period leading up to your wedding, as a pp says it doesn’t always work out . 

Post # 5
4697 posts
Honey bee

I lost nearly 40 lbs between choosing my dress and my wedding. I am also short. It worked out perfectly because I picked a dress (strapless ballgown with an internal corset) that would scale down easily. I would avoid anything with significant beading or other complex fabrications. Talk to the seamstress about your goals before finalizing your choice.

But definitely order for the size you are when ordering. Life sometimes gets in the way, and it’s practically impossible to make a dress bigger.

Post # 6
335 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2021

My sister in law started doing keto/intermittent fasting in the months leading up to her wedding. Didn’t seem to have any issues BUT she did have to get it altered 2 or 3 times due to losing more weight than she originally anticipated. Her dress was $1000 and all I know is that the alterations “cost nearly as much as the dress”, however much that may be (I’m guessing 700-850?). 

Post # 7
37 posts
  • Wedding: May 2021

Listen, you have to sit yourself down and really think about what you can really do and what you’re actually going to commit to. Here’s my story: found my dress in Feb 2020 for our May 2021 wedding. At the time I tried it on (below) I weighed around 250lbs and they wanted me to order a size 22 I think. Against ALL advice (they even signed my receipt that this was against recommendations) I ordered a size 14. I knew IN MY SOUL that I would do what it takes to get to the 14, and I had plenty of time to do it. The pic is of me trying on the same dress this August (an in-store sample while mine is being made), after losing 40lbs. I have since lost another 25 and go for my first fitting next month – I am now a street 12/14 (srated at an 18/20) and I am 5’3. Now, keto didn’t work for me due to eczema, endometriosis and because I’m human and am technically an herbivore. What did work with MINIMAL exercise is Nutritarianism (WFPBNOSOS – Google the term to see it written out). It’s not easy, but it’s what my body has THRIVED on! But you have to be willing to not allow life get in the way and get you off track, because it will do it’s damnest to try! You must remain focused. If you don’t think you can handle that pressure, don’t do it. Because the day will sneak up on you QUICKLY! (four months to go for me, eek) Good luck bees!


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