Post # 1
Ok so I bought my wedding dress. The sample size 14 fit wonderfully, and I could have maybe even zipped up a size 12! So I ordered the 14.
Fast forward 4 months later….I have gained about 7 pounds. Not enough to really matter I figured. I got into my tight tight corset (same one I wore when I bought the dress) and went to my first fitting. P.S. Did I mention this is at David’s Bridal? You can probably imagine where this is going. I’ve heard they are bad with alterations, but I figured I didn’t have to worry about it because I ONLY needed a simple bustle that was quoted at $35. Anyway, I put on my dress but I obviously can’t reach to zip it all the way up myself, so I ask the alterations lady for some help.
SHE BARELY EVEN TRIES AND IMMEDIATELY ANNOUNCES THAT IT WON’T ZIP.
I’m standing there humiliated, freaking out, and feeling like a manatee at this point. I kept thinking to myself that she really hardly even tried at all! She could have put a little muscle into it! So she told me I should do a lace-up back for $175. At this point I’m so worried about not losing the 7 pounds (or maybe even gaining more!) that I agree. And I’m still pretty glad I did because it will help give me some peace of mind to have a little leeway.
Oh, and she also told me my corset looked really bad under my dress and gave me too much “backfat” and “Its not supposed to look like that. Thats wrong”. Ok, I know she was being honest which is good, but it still made me feel huge and ugly as she poked at my backfat.
I also told her I wanted to most simple (inexpensive) bustle possible, but she kept pinning it in the most elaborate expensive ways anyway! I had to tell her three times I just wanted it simple to keep costs down, especially after the unexpected corset-back addition. So she finally did, but she still had 6 loops instead of 3 which cost extra. And she sighed and made it sound like I was making a mistake asking for a simpler bustle. I just got the impression that she probably gets paid on commission, ya know?
Basically, I just want someone to tell me everything is going to be okay!!! I’m TERRIFIED now that my dress wouldn’t zip…..or maybe it would have if she’d tried a little harder. Will a lace-up back really give me some extra leeway??? Can I still tighten it up nicely to give myself a nice shape?? I just feel so fat and scared right now!!! My next fitting is only a week before my wedding. AAAGGGGHHHH!!!!!
Post # 3
The corset back should help a lot if it was a close fit to start with. Their sample dresses are tried on so often that they can be stretched out a lot! Your consultant probably should have recommended you order a 16 to start with. I’d say if you were within an 1 or 2 inches of zipping the corset will work. More then that and you may have to leave the corset laced very loosely to make it fit. Also, wearing a corset bra can add some bulk under a dress. Could you go without/add cups to the dress? That would eliminate any bulge issues and give you a little more room in the dress. It sucks that she was less then nice about the fitting though.
For the bustle- what does your train look like/how big and heavy is it. If its a lot of material, I can see why you want more points on a bustle- it would suck if they ripped out on the wedding day due to the weight. If its a lighter weight dress I would say stick to your guns and insist on the bustle you want.
If you are super worried I would contact some local seamstresses and see if there is a possibility they can fit you in that close to the wedding if Davids doesn’t work out the way you want.
Post # 4
No worries! It’ll be alright. The corset will probably give you some leeway. However, most brides drop weight right before their wedding. Of course, she was probably trying to make an extra buck. I was working out with a trainer even before I was engaged. I found my dress and they said they’d have to take it in. I continued working out with my trainer and felt and looked great when I went in for my fitting. Guess what? The girl said she couldn’t zip it up. Are you kidding me? I was like, did I gain weight? What in the world? Freaked me out! However, I didn’t have any additional alterations made. Anyway…fast forward to wedding day. My Maid/Matron of Honor was helping me into my dress. Interestingly enough, she zipped it up with no problem. Hmmm! Very interesting.
Post # 5
A corset back will be fine. Don’t panic! That seamstress sounds like an idiot! Do you have to go with her? Can you take it to an independent? They’re often cheaper and better. But it will be fine either way.
Post # 6
Where in PA are you? I had my zipper removed and a corset put in with more than 10 loops for $120 I can’t remember how many loops but she also put in Italian silk ribbon and a modesty panel. She also put a zipper and hidden clasp on the bottom half to keep it super secure. She did amazing work very fast and for a great price if your anywhere near Central PA I can give you her info.
I got a corset because it was extremely difficult to zipper my dress it took 3 people lol. I was worried the zipper would break or id gain more weight from stress. I’m so glad I did it looks beautiful and my dress nightmares are gone lol.
Post # 7
@HappilyEverAfter54: I live around the Philly suburbs. I had planned on taking it to an independent seamstress because I had heard such awful things about David’s Bridal’s alterations, but when I called David’s Bridal to cancel my appointment they told me that a bustle starts at just $35, so since that was the only alteration I planned on having, I just decided to keep my appointment there. (“Starts at” are the key words here….)
I’m pretty sure its too late to take it elsewhere, I already paid and as far as I know its being worked on right now. The one thing I do like about DB is that if they do screw up, I get a replacement dress for free, which isn’t a guarantee I can get elsewhere. But I just hate how they’re always trying to get you to buy more more more!
Thanks for all the reassurance guys! I’m pretty positive she could have zipped it if she’d tried more than once and with a little more effort. BUT I am glad I’m having a corset back put in anyway because then I won’t have to worry as much about a few pounds of weight gain or loss.
Post # 8
Don’t worry, a corset will give you great leeway! And personally, i LOVE the look of a corset! Ignore the seamstress who made you feel bad, she doesn’t sound like the type of person who should be working at a bridal salon! You will look fabulous!
Post # 9
I think the corset will give you nice leeway. If someone had started poking me I’d be the last bride they poked. My gosh, that ticked me off so bad when I read that your consultant did that to you. What a jerk. I’m sure you look beautiful and I hear brides typically loose a little weight before the wedding due to stress in prepping everything. Don’t worry