(Closed) Weight loss

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
4243 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Oh hun, whatever you do, DO NOT order your wedding dress a few sizes too small.  That is basically setting yourself up for failure.  You can ALWAYS take the dress in on the sides, but it is MUCH harder to make it bigger.  One of my close friends had a coworker order a wedding dress 4 sizes too small with plans to lose weight and she lost like 5 pounds instead of the 40 she was aiming to lose.  She ended up having to buy a whole new dress.  I feel like having to take in a dress that once fit perfectly would feel pretty darn good too!

Post # 3
4518 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

50 pounds before end of May is a BIG ask.

I was a bride who dropped a fair amount of weight before my wedding, but I started about 9 months beforehand and lost about 45 pounds.

I did order my dress a size smaller than when I chose it, it had a corset back so I ended up wearing it done up tighter than originally meant, but it still looked amazing, so no matter, plus it saved $$ on getting it taken in.

Having said the above, I would not recommend ordering a smaller dress, and certainly not one two or three sizes smaller just three months before the day. 

Post # 4
701 posts
Busy bee

I bought a dress too small with the hopes of losing weight to fit into it. Didn’t happen. I needed to go shopping and get a different dress and ended up selling the first on eBay. Don’t torture yourself. Not worth it. Order your true size and just tone up and eat well,and focus less on the number. Also, unless you weigh 500lbs, losing 50 in the next 3 mos would be very unhealthy.

Post # 5
603 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Athol Hall, Mosman

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lmh2022:  I don’t think it’s a good idea to buy a smaller dress with the hopes of losing enough weight to get into it. We’ve read so many stories with that idea backfiring and brides asking where to purchase new gowns with less than 10 weeks to go. IMO, that’s more expensive than just paying for the alterations. The stress isn’t worth it. Besides, some brides tend to gain back some weight right before the wedding due to stress and hormones. I’m currently working to lose some weight before my wedding as well, but I won’t lose much before then and I’m not losing for that anyway. The wedding is only 1 day, but (the good lord willing) my life will be many more and I’d like to live it in a healthy way.

The most important thing here is your health. It’s already mid Feb and you’re looking to lose 50lbs by May. I think that’s an unrealistic goal; you’ll have like 13 weeks, so safely, I’d estimate the most you’d be able to lose there would be ~26 – 30lbs. You’ll have some obstacles on the way, like making sure you maintain that caloric deficit which many not always be possible the closer you get to your wedding.

Just go out and buy the dress of your dreams in your current size. If you lose some weight, great! If you don’t; no sweat off your back because no matter what, your partner is going to love you in whatever you’ll be coming down the aisle in and so will everyone else.


Post # 6
2704 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

50lbs by the end of May is pretty ambitious.  I took six months to lose 25lbs; while the first ten pounds came off fast and easily, it slowed down (and steadied) after that.  You are going to have to eat nothing but lettuce pretty much to lose that much weight in that space of time, which isn’t healthy.  Buy your dress in the size which fits you now.

Post # 7
189 posts
Blushing bee

I had considered doing this as well, but the owner of a salon I visited, who has been a bridal consultant for something like 50 years (she took over the family business), told me that 99% of brides who order a dress that is too small not only do not lose the weight they had planned to lose, they don’t lose any weight at all. Unfortunately this was me as well. 

Post # 8
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I agree with the other brides who said 50 lbs by the end of May is a bit of a monumental task. I think you need to consider that if it was as simple as you think it will be to lose alot of weight then why haven’t you been able to do it before now? 

I think you should just set a reasonable goal of say 10-20 lbs, buy a dress in your curent size and set yourself up for a healthy lifestyle after the wedding. 

Post # 9
6879 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

DO NOT order your dress a few sizes too small! You’re setting yourself up for failure. You only have three months. Losing 50 pounds in that short amount of time is not only not probable, but not healthy either. 

Post # 10
9998 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Do NOT order your dress too small! That is a horrible, horrible plan!

It would be very, very difficult (and not to mention unhealthy) to lose 50 lbs by the end of May. 10 – 15 lbs would be much more realistic. Order your dress in your size, get on a healthy diet & start exercising, if you lose weight they will take the dress in to fit you.

Post # 11
412 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

you are crazy to think that you can drop 50 lbs by your wedding date.  It’s just not a realistic goal.  20 lbs…. maybe if you are super dedicated.

Post # 12
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

This is a really bad idea. First of all, 50lbs in that timeframe is not going to happen. Secondly, you don’t know how you will lose weight, like from what areas of your body – even if you have previously been smaller. 50lbs will change your body shape drastically and you won’t know what will suit you or even fit you. 

Post # 13
1143 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I’m sorry but 50 lbs by May is crazy talk. 

Post # 14
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

+1 – dont order smaller, you cant make it bigger but you can make it smaller.

I ordered my dress in May last year for start of May this year wedding.  When I tried the dress on in the store it was only a little tight across the shoulders and bum so we ordered the next size up.  I have since lost 10kg since then – however I had planned for 20kg.  Weight loss is not linear and it has taken me a YEAR to lose that, it was bloody hard work.

My maid of honour got a lap band and is even struggling.  Its not easy, but the thing you need to remember is you need to be kind to yourself.  Weight loss is an overall achievement not just for your wedding day.  I still have 10kg min I want to lose but I will do that after the wedding now as I have my dress fitting in 3 weeks so I am focusing on maintaining my weight.  I am enjoying my body for what it is and celebrating my hard work.



Post # 15
1411 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Heh heh. Sorry but this is clearly a joke. I did laugh (at my own expense) because it read like a bit of a parody of my sad and desperate recent post asking if I could lose 20 pounds by May. If, just possibly, this is a real post, then the answer from the bees was: maybe if you work your arse off (and you started 3 weeks ago) you can lose 1-2 pounds a week to lose that total of 20 pounds, but try to be happy with just 10-15. 

With 50, not a chance.


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