Post # 1
I’m an August 2010 bride. I’m from Ohio, but living in London & planning the wedding from a distance. Anyways, haven’t began looking for a dress yet as I think I want to buy one in the states. I am going to a bridal salon Thursday as they have a big sample sale coming up and I want to try on some dresses before the sale. My mom is coming here in October and we’ll look around a bit, but I’m planning on buying one in November when I’m home for Turkey Day.
Anyway – back to the point. I’m about 20 lbs heavier than I’d like to be at the moment and I have a lot of fear about even looking for a dress. I don’t want the experience to be negative or end up in tears in a bridal shop, hating the way I look in a big white dress. This fear has caused me to nearly cancel my appointment this week…I am committed to getting the figure I want for my wedding, but its a year away and I Know it won’t happen overnight.
Does anyone else ever feel like this or am I completely crazy?!?
Post # 3
I have! When I first got engaged, I had about 25 lbs. to lose (I gained weight after he and I moved states.) I’ve lost most of it but still have a little ways to go. I would suggest though not looking for a dress until you’re a little closer to your goal weight. If you lose enough weight to affect your dress more than 2 sizes, then it starts to lose shape as you have it altered in. I’m sure you beatiful either way, and I am pretty jealous you’re living in London, as it’s one of my favorite cities in the world!
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2010 - Heron Hill Winery
I have the exact same feelings as you and am soon to write a post about it…I know I am a bigger girl, I typically wear a 12-14 in womens clothes. But, right now I am at my heaviest weight and I do not like it one bit. I gained around 30lbs in the past year. I, like you know that I can lose the weight again (I know exactly how I gained it). I really didn’t want to start thinking about going to any bridal shops until maybe 10 months before our wedding (Oct 2010). I figure by then I will lose enough weight to make myself less insecure about the whole experience. However, my mom and sister were visiting and wanted to go look at gowns. Since, I don’t get to see them often I thought this would be a good idea (even though I was not ready to see myself in a wedding gown). Long story short…I tried on a few dresses not really any of them and mostly self consious about the fit. I ended up having a hard time getting into a 14W or 16 regular…I was shocked to see that I needed such a large size…I know the dresses run small, but I wasn’t expecting that at all!! Now I am extremely motivated to avoid all the foods that got me into this situation and ready to reactivate our gym membership. I say go and try some dresses on….it will definately motivate you to get your body moving. I know it did for me!
Post # 5
I know EXACTLY how you feel. I went today for my first dress appointment, and had the same trepidations. I lost about 30 pounds since February, and am almost back to my old size. The woman who helped me at the atelier definitely gave me great advice. She said that 10 pounds = one dress size. So, keep that in mind when you’re timing your dress shopping trip. Also, it would seem that salons generally have a number of bridal size 10 dresses (about size 6 street). So if you’re looking to purchase a floor sample, just know that the majority of the samples will be a street size 6, and bridal sizes run small–they’re about two sizes small.
I’m not sure if this is helpful, but I can say that these dresses are totally unlike any dress I’ve tried on in the past. They are usually made of a heavy fabric, have tons of ribbing, and you’ll be surprised how good you look when you’re in them! I think it’s wonderful you’re starting early. i wish I had known how long it took to get a dress made, etc. You’re going to be fine, and you’ll look stunning! Best of luck to you dress shopping!