Post # 1
My friend recently postponed her September wedding a year, so now presumably happening fall 2021. I originally thought I would not be able to go, as I’m 12 weeks pregnant, and didn’t want to risk the travel/large gathering with coronavirus. At least one, maybe both of the other bridesmaids have bought their dresses already (same style and color from David’s Bridal), and my friend thinks I should go ahead and buy the dress now and get it altered next year. The problem is, I have no idea what size to get! This is my first pregnancy, and I’m definitely starting to go through some bodily changes, but who knows what else is ahead? I’m due in January, so presumably will have another 9 months to fit into the dress. I don’t want to go too small, obviously, but I’m worried if I go too big it will look bad if I have to heavily alter it…. advice is much appreciated!!
Post # 2
I would definitely wait to order the dress as long as you can. Your body could drastically change and you don’t want to foot the big for a big alterations order.
Post # 3
Agreed with pp, and depending on the cost of the dress and alterations, could you buy more than one size and return the one you don’t use?
Post # 4
Thanks! I ended up talking to a rep at David’s Bridal, and she said that since it was a new design, she would normally tell me I should be good to wait…but covid has drastically messed up their supply chains and all bets are off. She suggested I go ahead and get it sooner rather than later… I’ll probably order up a couple of sizes and hope for the best! Frustrating…
Post # 5
I had to order my dress when I was like 16 weeks pregnant with my second baby the wedding was for this August when I will have a 3 month old. It ended up postponed of course. The fact that it was a loose dress, I just ordered what would be about my normal size. I was able to fit into it at 6 months pregnant haha, so I assume it will fit by next year, and because it’s loose anyway hopefully won’t look too large. At 2months pp I’m back to my normal weight and mostly normal size, besides a tiny bump and fluctuating boobs from nursing haha, but it’s so hard to predict.
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2019 - City, State
What does the dress look like? Not all dresses can work for a pregnant body! Sounds like a huge gamble to me.
Post # 7
I will say I ordered a dress through David’s Bridal back in March and only JUST got it last week (when I was originally told it would only take about a month). COVID is definitely causing massive delays and unpredictability so I would have to agree with the rep that it is better safe than sorry. I had this big worry that DB wouldn’t survive the shutdown (they’ve had bankruptcy concerns in the past) so I’d hate to see them go under in a year and you never had a chance to get the dress! Obviously it may be perfectly fine, but it is a (paranoid) concern.
Post # 8
I’m 32 weeks pregnant, and it’s a total crapshoot. Sometimes a larger size in a regular dress works, and sometimes it just doesn’t. I went up a band size and two cup sizes in bras with pregnancy, and I’ve gained over 20 pounds, but it’s all boobs and belly. Some dresses look ridiculous on me in a size or two up, because the rest of me is still the same, and I was a size 4-6 pre-pregnancy. It’s not as difficult with dresses as it is with tops and bottoms, but I’d go for a maternity sized dress if you can, because then you just go with your pre-pregnancy size.
Post # 9
so the wedding is 9 months after you give birth? i’d probably just go with a size up from your pre-pregnancy size as a best guess, in case you have larger breasts from breastfeeding or are still carrying some extra weight from pregnancy.
Post # 10
I have a wedding 12 weeks after my due date and I bought the dress one size up and will have it altered to fit whatever shape my body will be in at that time.
Post # 11
So you’ll be 9 months post partum by the time of this wedding, is that correct?
I’ll be honest, it’s going to be a total crapshoot what your body will be like by then. You could be totally back to normal. If so…you suck! Just kidding, sort of 😉 But you could be totally fine by then. Or you could be like I was around that time and have lost all your pregnancy weight BUT not in the right places, if you get what I mean. My boobs were still HUGE. I was breastfeeding then, but for me it took about 6 months from when I stopped breastfeeding for my boobs to go back down to a normal size. And I just carried the weight differently than I did pre-baby. My tummy wasn’t big anymore, but it was still very much out of shape. None of my clothes from before fit right. So even though the weight was off I didn’t feel back to normal shape-wise until much later (like maybe when my son was about 1 1/2).
But if I had to order a dress this far in advance I would do like PP suggests and order one size up from where I’m at now and then hope to have luck altering it if need be. What kind of dress is it?
Post # 12
Thanks everyone! This is really helpful! I went ahead and ordered 2 sizes up from my pre-pregnancy size (which is just a bit bigger than where I am currently with my new boobs and growing belly). The dress runs small and is recommended to go a size up as is, so I went two sizes up just to be safe! Hopefully it will work and I won’t have to spend even more on alterations!
For those curious, this is the dress, in Juniper:
Thanks again for all your advice. Just hoping for the best!