(Closed) Has anyone bought a smaller wedding dress in anticipation of losing weight???

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
419 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Well, I am not buying a smaller dress, but I am going to wear my mom’s dress, which is too tight to wear at my current weight, so I feel your pain.  I guess the first question is 1) can you push back buying the dress until you lose the weight?  If so, then wait until you lose the weight (or are at least closer to your goal weight).  

If not, personally I would play it safe and get the size that fits you now.  I am not a seamstress, but (based on what my seamstress told me) it is a lot easier to take in a dress than to make it bigger.  Yeah, you will probably end up spending more $$ on taking it in, but I would rather spend that money than stress out if I am not losing the weight fast enough.  

Another thing to think about…for some people, it is hardest to lose that last bit of weight….what happens if you lose another 20 lbs, but cannot drop that last 10 lbs?  I bet you will look much better being a bit heavier than you anticipated but wearing a dress that actually fits you…..

Post # 4
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011


It’s pretty risky (to me) … I saw your wedding date. Perhaps you can postpone buying the dress for a few months? It’ll still give enough time to order/alterations etc by Oct 2011 *unless you don’t live in a big city & it’s hecka difficult to even order in time*?

Post # 5
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If I were you, I’d order a 10 to be safe….that way you HAVE to lose some weight, but it’s not the end of the world if you don’t make your goal, and there is room to take it in and bring it down to a size 8 if you do hit your goal!

Post # 6
945 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

What is the absolute latest date that you can order the dress?  Can you push it back a bit sooner?

How long did it take you to lose the 50 pounds?

My FI’s sister was a size 20 a year ago.  She joined an extreme workout program, changed her diet completely and was down to a size 12 in January when she ordered her Bridesmaid or Best Man dress.  It is now almost 3 months later and her dress is too big.  Obviously, I don’t want to encourage her NOT to lose any more weight, but she will more than likely have to purchase another gown OR get some major alterations (if she continues to lose at the same pace).

So I would start there – at what pace did you lose the first 50?

Post # 7
1135 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’d order a 10 if I were you, unless I was 100% sure I was going to be an 8 or smaller by the time the dress came in.

I was between sizes when I ordered my dress and ordered the bigger size, and now that I’ve lost weight (and about 2 dress sizes) it’s huge and I have to go to extra alterations appointments just to make it smaller.

On the other hand, my bridesmaids all ordered on the small side and their dresses are now too small and can’t be re-ordered.  I’m not sure what they’re going to have to do to get them let out, but it seems like it’s much easier to take something in that’s too big than deal with a dress that’s too small.

Post # 8
8 posts
  • Wedding: November 2011

i’d recommend not doing it.  I did and regret it =( i kept putting off getting in shape and working out and just dieted and it didn’t work. after i tried my dress on when it came in (5 months after I ordered it) it zipped, but it was very tight! so the next day i started my real workout and have been for the past month and a half. i’m praying it fits, but they did say my dress could be taken out a little, but i don’t really want to do that, so we’ll see. good luck!

Post # 9
1915 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I did… it’s for sale now in the classifieds so that I can put the money towards buying a dress that fits!

It’s much easier to take a dress in than let it out.

Post # 10
924 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

What did you end up doing? I just ordered my dress last night at a size 10 as I’m in-between a 10 and a 12 in bridal whatever that means. I’m a 8/10 street size. I know I’m going to tone up so I think the 10 will be where I’m closer to as the 12 already had a lot of alterations that needed to be done b/c it was too big. And it has a lace corset so I think that’ll be more forgiving.

Post # 11
1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’d order a 10 if I were you… though even doing that seems a little tricky. it’s a lot easier to take a dress in than let it out, which is why they say it’s generally a bad idea to order down for these things… I mean, what if your weight plateaus and it’s like murder getting the last 10 pounds off? Don’t do the 8, in my opinion…

Post # 12
1180 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 1993

You’re clearly doing really well (Look how much you’ve lost!) so if you keep it up, you’ll be at least a size smaller. If you are sure you can keep it up, buy a 10. (Much safer than an 8!)

Post # 13
345 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I did and I spent 4 months trying to fit into it… and I still don’t fit. I had to go to DB and spend another $300 on a dress that fits. Thankfully, I love it more!

Post # 14
7321 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Bad idea. It really is. If you hit a plateau and stop losing the way you planned to, all you will be left with is a waste of money and a dress that doesn’t fit when it needs to.

Post # 15
35 posts
  • Wedding: July 2012

NO NO NO thats a defintie NO! You want to be able to rest easy knowing that your dress fit WELL!!!! Go ahead with the 10! Its so much easier to take a dress IN then to let it out!! No room for error, this is your day. If you love the dress buy it in the size that fits you. Youd rather be SAFE THAN SORRY.

Post # 16
1 posts

I defiantly did this! Its huge motivation, but be realistic!

I’m a personal trainer and I see brides doing this alllll the time!

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