Post # 1
Okay, so I know almost every bride intends to loose weight before their wedding. I also know that most of the time, its recommended that you order your dress in your current size and then have it altered if you do, in fact, loose the weight. I totally get that and I think it make complete sense. However, I’m not exactly sure what I should do. I began loosing weight several months before my engagement. (I’m down almost 40 pounds!) The thing is that the weight loss is most noticable in my belly and hips and my clothes fit me drastically different now. I’m concerned about ordering a dress sized for my current body if my shape is going to continue to change. I’m being realistic. I don’t expect to go from my current plus size down to a size 2 by wedding day but I am planning to continue what I’m doing and hopefully continue my current weight loss. I’m confident that I’ll be down at least another size or two. I’m actually hoping to be down several sizes but again, I’m trying to be realistic.
I’m okay with purchasing a dress larger than what I hope to be in and then having it altered. But I know there comes a point where you can only take a dress in so much. I know it probably depends on the make of the dress but are there any good general rules of thumb to keep in mind? Like, is it usually easy to take a wedding gown in more than 2 dress sizes? Any help would be appreciated!
Post # 3
I think it can be taken in up to 2 sizes.
Post # 4
My bridal salon advised me that a wedding dress can be taken in two sizes.
Post # 5
Hmm… that’s what I was thinking. It seems like more than 2 sizes would get pretty tricky.
Now I have no idea what size to order when I find a dress. ugh!
Post # 6
It all depends on the style of the dress, the fabric and the detailing on the dress. When you go in to the bridal store to try on dresses they can advise you the best size to order.
Post # 7
@Dandelion D: If you are on a controlled diet plan that you know will result in more weight loss, then perhaps you could order the dress one size smaller than you are now, and know that the dress could be taken in up to two additional sizes. Right now, you are still ten months out from your wedding date, and I would suggest waiting a little bit longer before ordering. Some gowns must be ordered at least eight months in advance. Others can be ordered six months in advance. I would discuss this in detail with an associate at the shop where you plan to purchase your gown and work with the staff there to make the best decision on timing and size, based upon which gown/designer you select and how much lead time your order will require.
Post # 8
Well first of all, congratulations on the weight loss so far. How exciting!
I bought my dress used and had a skilled tailor take it down substantially-probably 3 sizes. From what I’ve read and heard, normally you can go down 2-4 sizes, depending on the design of the dress (details like ruching/embellishment/lace can also affect this).
It sounds like you’ve been really disciplined and your plan is working for you, so my advice would be to order your dress one size smaller than you currently are, trusting that you will do what it takes to fit into it. If you need to have it taken in further it shouldn’t be a major problem.
For extra peace of mind and if you really think wanting to go down more than 2 sizes is a possibility, you might consider trying to schedule an appointment with a talented tailor/seamstress and asking what types of dresses are easiest to alter and what elements are most likely to create problems. That way you can shop with some parameters in mind.
Be sure to include an estimated cost of alterations in your dress budget unless you plan to buy from a place that includes them in the price!
Post # 9
@Brielle: I know I have a little bit of time before the pressure is on for ordering a dress. I think I’m just worried about this because I’m starting to freak out about the whole dress shopping process. I’m a plus sized girl to start with so that comes with its own stress inducing issues. And now that my body is changing, it’s a bit overwhelming.
@mrssrm: Your suggestion about making an appointment with a seamstress is a great idea! I think I will try to do that very soon so I can feel more confident going into all of this!