(Closed) Gastric Bypass–When to shop advice?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
81 posts
Worker bee

I never had gastric bypass, but I did lose a few pounds before my wedding.  And based on that I would say you should wait as long as possible to shop.  Also, if you are not the size you think you will be when you get married, buy a dress with simple lines.  No ruffles, no lace, no crystals or rhinestones, no bias cuts, etc.  That will make it so much easier to take the dress in and not lose the integrity of it.

Post # 4
6261 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

@abittle73:  I would wait as long as you can, and then buy a dress pre-owned, or buy a sample. That way you won’t have to pay an arm and a leg in alterations, or stress about the dress size for 6 months

Post # 5
1810 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Perhaps speak with your doctors to see if they could estimate roughly how much weight you are going and perhaps even how many dresses you could potentially lose. Obviously they can’t tell you for sure, but maybe they could give a good guesstimate based on past patients who had this surgery.

I would def wait, but also when picking a dress maybe try to find dresses with a corset back. It makes fitting into the dress a little more flexible. Gained a little weight? No problem we’ll make the corset loose….lost some weight? Great! Tighten the back up! I’m not sure what style you’d like to wear or not wear, but I’m guessing you’ll still be losing weight by the time of your vow renewal, maybe try on styles that aren’t so fitted so they don’t look baggy in the fitted areas. I’m not sure if that made sense, but if you need me to clarify then let me know. lol

And on a side note: I hope your surgery goes well and is a success. Good luck on your weight loss!

Post # 6
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I had gastric bypass about ten years ago. I would say wait until the very latest you van before getting your dress. I know that after I had the surgery, there were weeks when I would buy clothes that fit and then that very next week would be way to big. It’s frustrating. But even when you do get I your dress, I would gamble even getting it a size smaller than you are when you try it on and order it. The weight begins to come off very quickly.

Post # 7
2401 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Based on my friend’s experience, I would wait and buy a corset dress so you could always adjust it if necessary. 

Post # 9
12 posts
  • Wedding: May 2014

@abittle73 curious as to what ended up working best for you. i have been engaged for almost 5 years and Fiance and I FINALLY have saved up enough for the wedding of our dreams! i am having gastric bypass in just a few weeks and our wedding is May 3rd. not too sure how long i should wait before trying to go and get my dress.

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