(Closed) Dress shopping during major weight loss?

posted 7 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
568 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I say go dress shopping with mom while she is in town to get some ideas.  You don’t necessarily have to pick THE dress then (although if you find it, great!)  I would then find out the latest that you can order your dress and get it then.  That way you can have a better idea of what works on the new body and perhaps not have to get a million dollars in alterations.  Thats just my two cents.

Post # 4
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

If you order in May that only gives you 6 months to have a dress.  If you find a dress you love I would ask the seamstress how difficult it would be to alter it to your size in September.  Otherwise you might find yourself stressing about not having the dress you wanted.  Just order it in the size you are now if you love it or be brave and order a size or 2 down and hope it fits.

Post # 5
36 posts

I am going throught this right now. I had weight loss surgery last November, and am getting married this October.  I am currently a size 20, but was a size 32 pre-op.  I have lost 123 lbs in the last 5 months!

I have bought my dress, though. I am a street size 20, but a 22 in the dress I chose. I purposedly chose a dress with a corset back (more forgiving to size,) and no beading (easier to alter.)  I also ordered smaller; a size 18 (16 street.)  The dress shop told me that the dress can be taken in up to about 4 sizes ,but sizing UP is usually one size tops.

My advice is that if you can wait, wait.  But keep in mind that high end designers (and designers like Maggie Sottero and Mori Lee,) take up to 9 months sometimes to get the dress in.  Also, be honest with your consultants, and tell them your situation.  Most of them have no idea how to handle this, I’ll warn you.  I also REFUSED to try on any dresses in shops that did not carry plus sized samples.  You must see what you are going to look like, even if you aren’t gonna look like the same person on your wedding day.


good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

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