Post # 1
I got engaged in March and will be marrying March 19th of 2011. I am currently in the process of losing weight and while this is an uphill battle for me, I want to be at least somewhat close to a healthy weight when I marry. The only problem is..the dress. I know I ought to be looking at gowns now but I feel like putting off the search while losing weight. Everyone is saying to buy a dress NOW but I feel that since my body is changing I don’t want to buy a dress I may not wear the next year because of a different body shape. I don’t know what to do! Please, when did you buy your dress?
Post # 3
I think you can really shop until 6-7 months before your wedding for a dress (depending on the designer). I would wait at least til June, and then if anything, try and go for a style that would be easy to alter/take in–might cancel out anything with lots of beading. But most dresses can be altered down two to three sizes. And corset back dresses are easy to take from one size to another–you just pull it tighter!
Post # 4
I think it’s too early to get a dress even if you’re not planning to lose weight. I think that is why a lot of girls end up changing their minds, they buy their dresses too soon.
Post # 5
I ordered mine six months out, I would say if you’re going to order, don’t wait much past 5 or 6 months out- but you definitely have a few months! Maybe start looking in 3 or 4 months.
It’s never too early to look online 🙂
Good luck with your weight loss and kudos for getting healthy!
Post # 6
depends on the dress, no? i got an empire waist dress so that i can yo-yo my weight in it and still be able to wear it (the bulk of my fat is on my arms and my bottom-half).
now if you’re wearing a more form fitting dress, i’d be worried. i mean, ordering dresses takes time, and then you have to get it altered and stuff, right?
FYI, healthy weightloss is a 2lb/week, and that’s still like, if you ate 1300 calories a day (which is less than one fastfood meal) and moderately worked out. so maybe you can “guesstimate” around that? be warned that you will plateau around the 10-pounds-till-goal mark!
Post # 7
it depends on how much weight you plan to lose and what style of dress.
if you are like trying to lose a person (aka over 100 pounds) i would wait a little bit and push it as far as you can (aka order no later than september for it to get there by february) since most dresses take 5-6 months.
but honestly if its like 20 pounds or less you are looking to lose, iwould shop now and just deal with alterations when you get the dress. depending on your height, and your current weight and how hard it is to lose weight for you normally, you might just be able to get away with buying a dress to fit you now and having it altered smaller if need be. that way you are covered if for some reason you get super stressed out in the next few months and have a setback, you still have a dress that fits.
by NO means should you order a smaller dress by the way than you currently wear unless its one size down at most. (even that i wouldnt do) because you NEVER KNOW. life is unpredicatable.
Post # 8
I ordered mine in mid February (around the 17th I think?) and I’m getting married in earlyish July. I woulnd’t rush. You have plenty of time, don’t worry about it for at least a few more months.
Post # 8
I am also trying to lose weight, but I purchased my gown last year. You can look for a gown now, and if you find “the one”, then you can get it. You can always have it altered. That is what I am going to do. Also, remember corset backs are much more forgiving than buttons or zippers.
Post # 9
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Post # 10
I would wait a little while. March is a long ways away! Also, if depends- have you successfully lost weight before? Are you really up for it? Just try to be as realistic as possible. For me, I bought my dress 6 months before the date- I got it 1 size too small, knowing I could lose that much and I have.
Post # 11
PS- my alterations lady doesn’t even want to see me untill 6 weeks before the wedding- because “bride’s bodies tend to change.” 🙂 (Hopefully for the better!)
Post # 12
Honestly I’m almost to the 4 month mark (just a couple of days) and I’m scrambling. Definitely don’t order it too early but don’t do it too late either, Id’ say shoot for the 5 or 6 month mark. I’m probably going to have to go off the rack or be hit with rush fees.
That said I’d say go out and look now, I’ve been searching for 3 months now and I honestly thought that would be more than enough but boy was I wrong (granted I’m working with a tougher budget so if that’s not a factor you might not have as tough a time). Why not just start looking but not buy now? Get a feel for what you like or don’t like, that way when you start to loose weight you have some ideas on what you want to go back to see again. When I started my search I found the corset dresses to be my best friend as far as confidence boosters went, and as I lost weight even a whole size I’m still trying the same size on in those while the other gowns I’m trying on totally different sizes.
Post # 13
I bought my dress 8 months ago and I lost about 15lbs of baby weight. My dress was freaking huge! Wait as long as you can. I almost need another dress.
Post # 14
definately dont wait longer than 6 months before your date. Maybe start looking and when/ if you decide on a designer or style you can inquire as to their specific time line. i don’t know what size you are now or what your end goal is, but bear in mind something that might flatter you at a heaver weight, may just make you look heavier once you have slimmed down, even if you alter it. You want to be sure to choose a dress that will flatter your body besides, how often do you change your mind about other outfits that you would want to commit to a wedding dress a year in advance?