(Closed) dress & weightloss dilemma!!

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I took my dress from a 22 to a size 12. It can happen but it may change the look of your dress. My mother in law is a master seamstress and did about 40 hours of work to make it fit me. Just beware that it could cost you a lot of money.

Post # 4
376 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

woo hoo! Great job, congratulations! The alterations are doable but depending on the shape/material of the dress, it may be very expensive. But your overall health and well-being matters more than a dress you wear one day.


I would suggest that you reach out to the salon now and let them know that your size has changed. They can let you know the approximate cost and timing to get it done. That way you’re not stressing and they can be prepared.


Finally, Woo hoo!

Post # 5
680 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

WOW congratulations!!! I have no advice re alertations as i need to actually get my dress let out as i’ve put on weight, but just wanted I am SO impressed – great job!!!

Post # 6
7994 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I ended up buying a new dress…sorry I’m sure that’s not what you wanted to hear lol.

Post # 7
5722 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Congrats!  That’s phenomenal!

I’d just suggest getting a good quote on the cost of altertions first because it’s entirely possible that it might make more sense for you to buy a new dress off the rack and sell/cancel your old one.  

I happened to buy my dress off the rack because I had a short engagement and I’ll tell you, I had lots of options (too many!) and I think I saved a lot of money.  

Post # 8
778 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m actually facing a similar dilemma.  I ordered my dress in a 20, and I’m down 30 lbs. from when I ordered it.  It was already huge on me when it came during March, and now I’m going to be swimming in it.  I’m going in for alterations next week, I’ll keep everyone updated.

Post # 9
296 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Wow thats a tough one.  Congratulations on the weight loss.  Go for a fitting asap find out from the bridal shop what it would cost to be altered down.  Then weigh that agianst finding a sample gown in your size.  

Post # 11
623 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I would say have a plan A and B, if alteration are so much that it would make more sense to get another dress I would say get a second dress

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