Post # 1
This might seem like a silly worry, but I am afraid that I did something very dumb! I had talked to my aunt/ wedding planner about my fear of buying a dress when I was planning on trying to lose weight, and she told me not to worry about it because I probably wouldn’t lose much weight, if any at all, with the stress of wedding planning. I made plans to shop for my dress and bridesmaids’ dresses a couple of weeks back and, while there, got excited and purchased my dress. I had also just started Weight Watchers. I’ve been on the plan for three weeks now and have lost five pounds. I’m worried that I’ll lose thirty or forty pounds before October (I’ve done WW before, in high school, when my metabolism was faster, admittedly, and lost sixty pounds in the same amount of time then), and they won’t be able to alter my dress. Anybody with any experience of this? My dress is a size 26 off-the-shoulder with a ruched waist from David’s Bridal, perfect length at this moment – the only alterations it will need are in the shoulder straps, which are too long and had to be clipped to get the dress’s full effect when I was trying it on. How many sizes down do you think they will be able to alter it? Should I quit WW just to stay in my dress that needs minimal alterations???
I got a bridesmaid dress from DB during the high school WW days and had to have it altered from a size 22 to a size 16 and they were able to do that, with much head-shaking and tongue-clucking, but I am worried about the wedding dress, particularly with the ruching.
Any similar experiences, advice, or soothing words will be helpful! Thanks! 🙂
Post # 3
well if you are happy with how you look, your dress and your health, then maybe you dont need to lose weight? i think dresses can be altered down by several sizes. probably best to check with a seamstress and see what they think.
Post # 4
A dress can typically be altered three sizes, which is about 30 lbs, I believe. Also, does your dress have a corset back? They’re more flexible with weight loss than the other ones.
I think that losing weight for the wedding is a good goal, but maybe limit yourself to 20 lbs or so to ensure that you can still wear your dress.
Post # 5
The dress does tie up the back, so the consultant did mention that would be more flexible for weight loss. I would be happy losing thirty pounds (at least for now). My fiance and I are both committing to living a healthier life before we begin our lives together, so that we can have a better foundation for our marriage. I am happy being plus-size, and was super happy when I was a size 16 or 18. I’m not happy with my current condition and I don’t feel healthy either.
Jennifer6k: Thanks for the advice! I’m going to try the thirty pounds. Thanks. 🙂
Post # 6
A friend of mine got sick after she ordered her dress from DB. She ended up loosing 50lbs and they weren’t able to alter her dress enough. DB called around to other DB stores in the area and found the same dress closer to her size and they exchanged it and did alterations. So, even though they tell you they can’t do that kind of thing they actually can. 🙂 Hope that helps. Loose the weight if you want to. I’m planning to do the same thing.
Post # 7
@ms_nickie: Thanks for the advice! I’ve been thinking recently that perhaps I can sell the dress and get a new one, if I do end up losing a lot! It’s good to know that DB might work with me on a situation like this. 🙂
Post # 8
@mandi.pitt: our situations sound similar. i weighed about 190. tried on dresses at DB. asked them “what if i lose weight” and the woman told me that 40 pounds was equal to 2 dress sizes or something crazy like that and i believed her. they told me they could alter my dress up to 2 sizes and that was it. i ordered my dress.(depending on the dress and the materials of the dress is what decideds how much they can alter it) 2-3 months later when it came in i had lost 30 pounds. the dress was huge. i originally had a 16 WOMENS and they were nice enough to order me a new one size 14. which is down 2 sizes. and that was only 30 pounds. so i would say be very very careful.
like ms nickie said, they say they cant do exchanges and what not but they can if they want to. but technically it says all over the receipts and the store that all sales are final but if you push hard enough or talk to the right people theyll do it. when i ordered my dress they told me that once i took it home it was mine for keeps and i couldnt exchange it if i lost weight before it came in. well when it came in i had a different consultant and i dont know if she didnt know the “rules” but she just ordered me a new one.