Post # 1
Hello all! I need some advice and I don’t have experienced brides in my family to ask. I of course am a plus sized bride. I wear 18/20 street size but with a huge chest…but my dresses were like 24. I tried on a dress on Saturday in a 24 and it fit perfectly. I didn’t like my stomach a tiny bit in it but I;m not sure if it was just tied too tight. (Corset back). I went back to the store on Wednesday and my consultant was so excited that a brand new dress that I had tried on Saturday had come in. I decided to buy it finally. When I got home, I realized it was a 26. My problem is that I plan to loose some weight and I don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for alterations as I am on a strict tight budget. So what should I do? Do I call and see if they will switch for the 24, Do I wait and just get it altered? How many pounds can you loose before you go down a dress size?
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2013 - Kempinski San Lawrenz, Gozo
a good seamstress can alter a dress down to any size, if necessary. I think it would be best to buy the dress as it is, then alter it 1 or 2 months before the wedding.
I say this out of personal experience. I was thinking about getting my dress a size smaller because I was absolutely sure I’d lose weight. But I didn’t lose any weight at all so THANK GOD I didn’t order a size smaller. My dress still needs alterations though, and that will happen next month. I feel comfortable with that because I doubt my weight will change in two months. (wedding’s in may)
Post # 4
I would stay with the 26 and then try to lose weight, and a few months befores the wedding try it again e make changes if needed, because you may lose weight but not volume, so it’s hard to say how many pounds you need to shred before dropping a size.
Stick with the one that fits good and go on you healthy journey, and I wouldn’t worry much about the price, maybe you don’t need to alter it at all 🙂 good luck!
Post # 5
On my own experience to go from a 16 to a 14 I lost 10lbs. But on the note of not wanting to spend an arm and a leg on alterations (if unable to switch sizes) check out independent dress shops…I use Yelp to read reviews and get an idea of what I’m going to be spending so maybe you could find a good shop by that? The last dress I had altered for my sister’s wedding only cost me $30 and the dress seemed almost as elaborate as a wedding dress, so you never know!
Post # 6
NEVER assume you will lose weight. We may try, we may believe we can but making a dress smaller is a lot easier than not being able to make it bigger. Stick with the 26, they will be able to make it smaller if they have to.
Post # 7
Regardless of losing weight…I was told a dress can usually be altered by two sizes before changing the shape/silhouette of the dress. Anything over that depends on the construction- beading, wrapping, draping, etc. I have one friend who had to actually buy a new dress two weeks before her wedding because her dress could not be altered to accomodate her weight loss– she’s short and can lose 10 pounds and drop a size or two.
By the time they hemmed her dress and took it in, it wouldn’t have looked like the same dress. Check on YOUR specific dress with YOUR seamstress to see what can be done 🙂 Good luck and congratulations!