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SHAWNJONES69 SparkPoints: (77,570)
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4/29/12 7:25 P

I just ordered my dress yesterday (4/28/2012) and it should be here no later than the first week of August. My wedding date is 8/25/2012, so I cut it a little too close for comfort. I think it will be here before that date, but take it from me and don't wait too late.

KYRSTINRO Posts: 945
4/24/12 11:23 A

Got the gown on Fri and it adjusts nicely on the "girls" so I don't need to worry. Plus, it flows away from the body so it doesn't matter if i lose weight :) Weehee 31 days :P

CANDACEMM Posts: 1,218
4/23/12 11:11 A

I'm going dress shopping today! I know what styles I like and the only thing that my dress MUST have is a lace corset. I've heard horror stories about weight fluctuating and altering madness .... With a lace corset you can adjust your sizing a bit. That's my only must have!

I would like to lose 18 lbs by my wedding day. No more that that ... I have a goal weight of 140 and I'll be extremely happy if I'm at that size the day of my wedding.

KYRSTINRO Posts: 945
4/10/12 9:14 A

Just ordered my gown for the civil reunion. Website said 7-10 days to get here. Hope I don't need to make any alterations...

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,532
4/9/12 9:34 P

If you buy a dress close to the wedding, they will have to put a rush order in and that will cost a lot of money. A wedding gown is probably one of the hardest items to make.

Alterations can cost a lot. Sometimes way into the hundreds. Depends on how complex the gown and the beading are. Sometimes it seems like they get you coming and going.

I don't believe in going to a Bridal Salon unless you are planning to buy that day. The sales people often work on commission and I would feel bad wasting their time if I knew I wasn't going to buy for seven months. Sales people also get in trouble and can lose their job when they don't make enough sales.

Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 4/9/2012 (21:37)
CURLSUSIEQ Posts: 1,609
4/9/12 4:17 P

David's Bridal has many reasonable online choices! emoticon

KYRSTINRO Posts: 945
4/4/12 10:14 A

First time, got my gown in Sept, wedding was in Nov. Lost quite a bit meantime, wedding gown as a bit loose but not enough to alter it (it was on corset anyway so it adjusted well).

Now, getting married in late May and don't even have a dress. Seen a lovely one for the civil ceremony and gonna get it soon(ish); if i lose weight i'll alter it but i'm losing really slowly anyway .

My advice is never to buy a "wish" size. Buy what fits you when you buy it. You can always alter it (but ask abt alteration when you decide to get it).

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3/30/12 8:50 A

It all depends on how much you think you may loose... if just in the 1-2 dress sizes, buy the size you are that day... if you think it will me much more and have time to wait to buy... wait.

LARS2981 SparkPoints: (546)
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3/19/12 4:31 P

I would suggest waiting about 7 months out to buy a wedding dress. My wedding is in November and I ordered my dress in Sept of 2011 and it got here the end of December. I started getting back into my workout routine in January and since then I've lost 41lbs so I need to buy a whole new dress bc they can't take it in that many sizes.

As for what size you should order it depens on how much you've lost already. If you haven't started yet then I would suggest buying the size you currently are. If you're like me and have lost a good amount of weight and know you won't be stopping anytime soon it would be okay to order a size down so you won't run into the issue that I did.

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3/11/12 10:49 A

My wedding is in June and the store that I first started looking in last October said it wasn't too early to look but they suggested after December would be a little late. I ended up finding one in December. I personal think that if you look now, you at least have an idea of what you really want! :-)

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,532
3/7/12 11:04 A

Buy your dress in the size that you are the day that you try it on. (Don't) buy a dress in the size you wish to be. Formal wear sizes vary from street clothes sizes. And I echo everyone else, it is a lot easier to take a dress in than to let it out.

The reason to order a dress eight months out is because the manufacturer doesn't make the dress until you place the order. Unless you buy the dress off the rack.

JESSALYN1186 Posts: 78
3/7/12 10:08 A

From what I've read, anything under 8 months out and they start to get mad/ charge rush fees. So I am starting my window shopping about a year out and purchasing about 8 months out. I really wanted to be smaller to try them on so I am hoping my first trip will motivate me to get closer to my goal before ordering.

Good luck everyone!

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2/14/12 5:05 P

I bought a dress on the 4th of February. I will have a fitting on March 7th and then a final fitting again a month later. I was told that they can take my particular dress in up to possibly 3 sizes. EACH dress will be different. My wedding date is June 9th. I'm hoping to lose 5-8 more pounds before my March fitting. That will determine how much more I can/want to lose before the wedding. I'd go look and try on as soon as possible. Then you will know what you're looking for and target areas to work on. You know that regardless you'll be the most beautiful person at YOUR wedding!!! I was actually surprised at how many dresses flattered my figure. Good Luck and Happy Shopping!

SCTK519 Posts: 2,086
2/1/12 2:21 P

You can certainly be shopping around whenever you're like. I don't know that I'd purchase the dress until 6-7 months out. Buy the dress that fits you when you buy the dress; don't buy the size you wish you were. For several reasons, 1) planning a wedding is stressful and that can make it a difficult time to lose weight, 2) it can always be taken in as needed and taking it in is easier than trying to let it out. 3) would you hate to buy the wish size and not fit into it? It's the same principle as having it altered and then gaining weight. 4) The dress is ordered for your biggest measurement, so even if you lose weight before the wedding, a person doesn't necessarily lose proportionally so you may only need additional alterations on the bust and hips, as opposed to the waist.

You still have time after the dress is purchased to reach your goal weight since the alterations typically aren't complete until about a month before the wedding, so I'd use that as your timeline as well.

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2/1/12 10:07 A

In my personal opinion, I think it's never to early to start looking. If you find a dress you love and want to order/buy it, I would get the size you need on the day that you are shopping. You never know what will come up and how your body will change as you lose weight. I've heard dresses can usually be taken in up to two sizes (I don't know how true that is, talk to the people at the shops), and it's a lot easier to take in than to let out.

It's taking 4 months for my dress to come in (ordered in November, should be in mid-March, wedding end of July) , and I know I'll have to have the bust altered anyway, so I'm trying to lose a little and stop when I take the dress to be altered.

And there are tons of beautiful dresses out there that flatter every shape. Try on lots of styles. And the salespeople are very helpful (if they're not, get out of there!).

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2/1/12 8:29 A

When is your wedding? Will you make your goal by then? I guess my suggestion is to go dress shopping and then ask to talk with the tailor. The tailor can tell you more in that aspect than the saleswoman can. Good luck hon. And remember you will be beautiful no matter what!

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2/1/12 12:24 A

Hello my fellow Brides-to-Be! I've started viewing a few dress styles online, but was wondering when is the appropriate time to actually go in and try them on. Do I buy a "wish" size or something that fits now. Any suggestions? I know the dress can always be altered, but I'd hate to lose weight and have it taken in and then start seeing the pounds slowly creep back. emoticon

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