(Closed) Is it a bad idea to buy a wedding dress too small?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would not buy a dress too small. We all have plans to lose weight and have the best intentions to do so, but what happens if you don’t lose the weight? I would just keep working out but still look for other dresses in the meantime.

Post # 4
Hostess
8579 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I wouldn’t buy one THAT small, as PP said, sometimes it doesn’t quite work out. Then what?

If it was only 1 or 2 sizes too small, it would be fine, as even if you didn’t fit it, usually a seamtress can alter it to fit [depending on the bust size, of course].

Post # 5
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441 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My understanding is that it is a lot harder to let a too-small dress out than to make a big dress smaller. I wouldn’t take the chance. If I were you, I’d either try finding it in a larger size if I can’t find it in my size, or I’d probably get a custom-size replica made if you can’t find it anywhere.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I have an allure gown and although I have never tried on wedding gowns before I think they may run a little small anyway.  I wouldn’t take the chance on it personally.  They can always cut a larger dress down.  Saffy is right.  It’s quite costly to try to make a dress bigger and mostly never looks right.  I would try to find one similar, or like Saffy also said try to get a replica made.  I looked that style up and because it doesnt have any of allure’s signature lace on it it seems as though it would be fairly simple for a reputable designer to replicate.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Don’t do it. It will be an incredible amount of stress on you to try and acheive that goal. Several dress sizes in three months seems like a lot too. The dress should fit you, you shouldn’t have to fit the dress 🙂

Post # 8
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157 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have an allure gown.  She measured me to be a size 8 in the waist and a size 4 in the bust and hips.  I opted to just buy a size 6 so that way I can just lose the inch for my waist and now pay the extra money to alter EVERY measurement.  However, mine is just 1 dress size away.. I don’t know about 4 dress sizes down.  I think it’s too risky but keep definitely keep motivating yourself to work out!  It’s even hard for me during the wintertime.  If nothing else works, buy a groupon for a body wrap the day before lol

Post # 9
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733 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

That’s considerably smaller

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I don’t think it’s a bad idea to buy a gown that’s a little small… that is to say, it will still do up on you how you are now, but is very very tight. It will inspire you to lose weight so that it fits. But buying a gown which will not even do up on you right now is a mistake, especially with such a short amount of time to go until the wedding. You would have to lose two dress sizes… I mean, I recently lost about 25lb and I only went down one dress size. Are you really planning to lose 40-50lb in three months? Is that even possible?

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think with P90x or not that’s too many dress sizes to lose unless you go on some extreme diet. 

If it will make you feel better, the dress is a great price, AND you have the funds then I would maybe consider buying it and worse case scenario you also have to resell it (I personally would not want to). However, this is too big of a size difference. You are talking about going from a street size 12-14 (Im asuming) to a street size 8ish. I’m an 8-10 and I know that losing even 10-15 lbs does not make me go down a size at all.

Post # 12
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322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve lost 20 pounds and have gone down just one size as well, and it took a while. That dress is probably not going to fit. Also at only 100 days away, you should really get a dress pretty quickly!! 

Post # 14
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75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

No no no….don’t do it

Post # 15
Hostess
8579 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Jasmines has a very good rep around here on the bee, and from what I can tell, dressilyme is pretty good too.

Jasmines is better for alot of detailing though.

 

Post # 16
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227 posts
Helper bee

just remember it is hard for a seamtress to go out more than two sizes… and a size is about 20 pounds so to get into a 12 it would mean losing about 40-60 lbs depending on how close you are to the 16 or the 18. Does it have a zipper buttons or a lace up back?

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