(Closed) Wedding Dress Shopping, Ordering & Weight Loss

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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7908 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

David’s can get you a dress in like 4 months or maybe even less, but most salons need a minimum of 6 months. You shuld order for the size you are when you buy the dress and leave the rest up to alterations. You will have to pay for alterations no matter what, and if a seam is coming in, it does matter if it’s one inch or 3. Check with the salon when you like a dress and see what the last possible date is you could order if you paid the rush fee.

Post # 5
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7908 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@LilAmy:  Well, you can’t be a 3/4 because wedding dresses are sized for misses (4) and 3 is a juniors size, so throw all uneven numbers out of your mind from now on when talking about your size… unless you are maybe 17 or under. Bridal gowns don’t come in sizes like 3 and 5 and unless you ahve the figure of a 12 year old boy instead of a woman, you should be wearing anything that does come in those sizes.

You need to make a decision by probably December as to whether it is more important to you to love your gown or to be skinny. If it’s more important to love your gown, then you should probably choose one, order it in your size, and slow down on the weight loss. Also, to go from 14+30 lbs (or wherever you started) to a 4 in that short an amount of time will leave you will lots of saggy skin. Is that the look you want? If you are not as concerned about the dress as about being thin, then you can shop for sample dresses or off-the-rack dresses a month or two before the wedding and take your chances that you won’t like your dress.

Post # 6
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1623 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Most bridal salons will tell you they need 6 months at least (some say 6-9 months).  My dress was ordered in Feb and arrived in June.  Also, many designers can do a rush for a fee.

If you really truly think you will continue to lose considereable weight, I would advise against ordering until closer to the day, say December.  You can shop now to get ideas of styles/materials you like, even the specific dress, and then wait to go in for measurements until closer.

Not every dress is easily alterable depending on the style (eg. beading) and not every style can be altered down from a size 14 (street) to a size 6 (street).  You may find it easier to look at corset back dresses if they suit your style, as the sizing is more flexible based on how tight you’re laced in.

All the best!  Good for you for not believing that doctor and taking care of yourself.  Also, just food for thought but Metformin (a prescription med) is very helpful in PCOS if you want to explore it with your doctor (or a new doctor, LOL)

Post # 8
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9 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have PCOS too and wanted to lose weight for my wedding which I knew was coming this year, but wasn’t sure when.  I started exercising/changing food habits in May and by mid-august I was down about 23lbs.  We didn’t actually get engaged until July 21st and my wedding is in 2 saturdays.  I’m 34 and have been struggling with this forever!  What worked for me this time was I replaced breakfast and lunch with a low-glycemic fruit and protein smoothies and ate whatever I wanted for dinner and then I started the couch to 5k program.  HOLY COW! Does running work.  Here’s a bit of warning for you though.  Losing weight with PCOS can also DRAMATICALLY improve fertility.  I have a 4 year old son that was conceived after I lost 17 lbs and now I got pregnant again (!!!) THIS TIME I had a copper IUD in place and got pregnant anyway!  So just be careful on that front.  

 

That having been said, I had the same stress you did about trying on dresses and as such I waited until about a month ago.  Freaked people out when I went to bridal shops, but you know what, I’m a street size 18 and had plenty of options as to what dresses I could get that fit me right off the rack.  In fact I bought my dress from David’s bridal, they had it in the store, I didn’t even need alterations.  I probably tried on 30 dresses at 3 different shops and every single one of them fit, some were even too big.  If you aren’t SUPER picky about the exact dress that you want, if you want something that just looks nice and are willing to choose from what is readily available you should have lots of options and should be able to wait a decent amount of time.  This “order the dress 6+ months ahead of time” thing is crazy, I don’t see how it works for people who don’t consistantly maintain their weight, I know mine always fluctuates, it’d stress me out to order that far in advance.  Also, if you choose a dress with a corsette, you can go up or down about 2 sizes and the dress will still fit.  

 

Good Luck!

Post # 9
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7908 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@LilAmy:  You should still drop using uneven numbers, because you are an adult, not a teenage. Your street size will be a 4 or 6 or whatever, not a 3 or 5. That’s just helpful advice so people take you seriously when you are dress shopping. You’re already going to face an uphill battle when you go into salons telling them you plan to drop to a 6 or 4 by your wedding date.

Off the rack/sample sale will probably be your best option unless you are picky about what you will wear. You asked an honest question; I am giving honest advice. I’m a fitness enthusiast and teach group fitness classes and have been on my own weight loss journey as well. There is a reality and that reality is that only a certain pace of weightloss is possible if you want your skin to bounce back with elasticity. Muscle building helps because it helps fill your skin back out. 5 lbs a month is fine though. You must be on the shorter side if 40 lbs will take you form a 14 to a 4. For an average height person, to get from a 14 to a 4 would mean losing more like 60lbs, which in 8 months would be pushing it.

Post # 10
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170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I ordered my dress at the end of August and it will be in the week of Christmas- so roughly about 4 months and I ordered a Maggie Sottero dress. I also ordered mine a size smaller because I have been losing weight. They didn’t wanna order my dress a size smaller and actually wanted to order it a size bigger because of my measurements. Anyways, I would order at least 6 months in advance. Try on styles now to see what you like and wait until 6 months comes and then order your dress. Good luck with everything!

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