Post # 1
So I definitely want to lose as much weight as I can for the wedding. I can stand to lose up to 60 pounds, but I won’t be heartbroken if I lose just 10.
According to this timeline, when should I aim to buy my dress? Should I already be at my goal weight when I buy my dress?
I’ll start looking for dresses in January, and my budget is “as cheap as I can get it” so I’m sure I’ll buy a David’s Bridal dress that won’t take 6-8 months to custom make.
Post # 3
I think you should definately start sometime in January… I think as long as you let the consultant know that you are trying to lose weight they can work with you. You are better off trying to get the dress organised with a few months to go and room to make alternations, than waiting and potentially stressing yourself out.
Good luck!! I got myself a personal trainer so Im working hard now on toning up 🙂 Plenty of time to work on it though
Post # 4
Thanks! That’s super helpful 🙂
Post # 5
You can shop at any time–you might want to wait on ordering for a few months if your weight really is in flux. There’s a big difference between losing 10 lbs and 60 and most dresses can only be taken in about 2-3 sizes before things start getting wonky.
That said, I’d also encourage you to shop for something that fits you now and makes you feel great in the shape you are, whatever that is, rather than stressing out about losing weight to fit into a particular dress by a given deadline.
Best of luck to you!
Post # 6
@fzesguer: I’ve gone dress shopping and found the dress I want. I set a timeline for myself that I’m ordering my dress in February for that size. It’s a corset so they should be able to take it in for me if I lose any more weight. I second the idea that you should find a dress that you love your body in now 🙂
Post # 7
Try to be really honest with yourself. 60 lbs is a LOT of weight to lose and a LOT of work and dedication. Take into consideration whether you’ve tried to lose before and your success.
Then you can decide when to shop. If you’re going to drop 60 lbs you might be looking at a different type of dress to show off this new figure you’ll have, thus you might want to wait until some of the lbs start coming off. If you will be closer to the 10 lbs range you’ll be best off shopping sooner because you’ll be able to take 10 lbs in at alterations pretty easily.
Post # 8
I think realistically you could shop as late as March for your dress if you were going with 9 months out, but since you want to buy something from David’s Bridal you could get something 3 months out (August/September) and reasonably have time for alterations.
Most trainers/nutritionists say that a healthy rate of weight loss is ~1lb/week. So while it is possible to lose 60 lbs by your wedding, it won’t be easy. Good luck!