Jasmin
Savvy July 2021

Ambitious or Dangerous ?

Jasmin, on October 30, 2020 at 3:01 AM Posted in Wedding Attire 0 25
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I am getting married in July 2021 and I’m going wedding dress shopping on Saturday. I want to loose at least 25 pounds before the big day so I can look and feel at my best. So I was thinking about ordering the dress a size smaller to encourage me on my weight loss journey. Is that too much of a risk or no ?

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Latest activity by The Welsh’S, on October 31, 2020 at 7:10 AM
  • Samantha
    Expert October 2021
    Samantha ·
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    Hi, it's always great to have goals for staying healthy. However, I would recommend buying a dress in your 'today' size. The dress can always be taken in, but there is much less leeway for it to be taken out. In the end there will be less stress about fitting in the dress.
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  • V
    Champion July 2019
    Veronica ·
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    Pretty much every bride's goal is to lose weight prior to her wedding, but that doesn't always work out the way you think it is going to. I would order the dress in the size you are currently. If you do lose the weight you want, it is easier to take in a dress.
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  • Dallas
    Devoted November 2020
    Dallas ·
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    I would order your dress in your current size. I lost 15 pounds after I bought my dress in my current size; and it still fit me just fine! So no other alterations were needed!
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  • Lisa
    Rockstar July 2022
    Lisa Online ·
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    I would recommend ordering a dress for the size you are at the time you buy the dress. It's so much easier to take the dress in instead of let it out.
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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
    Caytlyn ·
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    You should buy a dress to fit the body that you have, not the body you want to have. It’s much easier to take a dress in if you do lose weight than find a new dress at the last minute if you don’t.
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  • Katie
    VIP August 2021
    Katie ·
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    I would buy a dress in the size you are now not the size of your goal. Brides try all the time to lose weight and some are very successful and others are not. I don't know what kind of person you are. But you don't want to regret getting a smaller dress if you happen to not lose all the weight you thought you would. When I went dress shopping the lady at David's bridal ordered me one size up from my actual size, she said you do that because first bridal outfits tend to run smaller and second because it's way easier and better to take in a dress than to take out a dress.
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  • Yasmine
    Rockstar October 2020
    Yasmine ·
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    I think it is a risk. I would order the dress in your current size and get it altered. That's better than not possibly losing weight and not fitting in your dress. I lost 26lbs and my dress fits pretty much the same as when I bought it. The top half will have to be altered but it was already going to be altered anyways. I say all this to say I would buy your current size

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  • Apryl
    Devoted March 2022
    Apryl ·
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    Please don't do this to yourself. If you lose the 25lbs you don't know where the loss will reflect in your body. A dress can always be taken in but it can rarely be let out.
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  • Madelin
    Devoted November 2020
    Madelin ·
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    I agree with all the women above. Just don't let the bridal shop talk you into a bigger size. When I purchased my dress, they took my measurements and told me I should order a size 14. I asked them what was the size of the sample dress I tried on and they said it was a 10. I ordered my dress a size 12 and it fit a little tight when I picked it up. I've also lost weight since then, but the pressure to lose weight and keep it off is on.
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  • J
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    Judith ·
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    2 pounds a week is a good, healthy weight loss. If you can start to exercise, or walk , with reasonable diet like no extras or desserts or alcohol, and lose at least 6 pounds a month for the next two months, You can order a dress in Late Dec or early January, and have it in time, in a smaller size. And figure having done it for 2 months, you can stick to it 3 more. That is plenty of time to order most dresses. Although designers want you to biy early, for their production schedules, most still take orders on dresses to a 4 or 5 month cutoff, or need a rush order fee. But do not order smaller without losing nearly half before you order. What if you gain? Test your discipline first.
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  • Katie
    Expert January 2021
    Katie ·
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    Dangerous! All of the reasons others stated, don't do it. Order the size you are now.

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  • Mrs. Spring
    Master April 2021
    Mrs. Spring ·
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    Ambitious! I lost 15 pounds in 3 months by eating under 1500 calories, mostly veggies, salads, soup, grilled poultry or vegan meat. I look and feel my best and went down one dress size. I lost the weight in a healthy and controlled way. For exercise, I did you tube videos. Specifically Chloe Ting's 28 day flat tummy challenge twice and the Chloe Ting 2019 two week shred challenge twicem. No equipment needed just a yoga mat.
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  • Meghan
    Master October 2019
    Meghan ·
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    Buy the dress in your current size! If you lose the weight, you can have it altered. But if you don’t, and you buy the smaller size, you likely won’t be able to alter that to fit.

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  • M
    Dedicated August 2021
    megan ·
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    What everyone else said, do not buy your dress in your 'goal' size. Buy your dress to fit today, and alterations can be taken down a dress size or two.

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  • Hanna
    VIP June 2019
    Hanna Online ·
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    Agree with most of the PPs! Buy the dress in your current size. If you lose the weight, then you can easily get it taken in. Vice versa would be a lot more difficult

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  • Jasmin
    Savvy July 2021
    Jasmin ·
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    Okay that’s good to know I didn’t know tht alterations can take it in but that much.
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  • Jasmin
    Savvy July 2021
    Jasmin ·
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    The only one who said ambitious ! lol I love it !
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  • Kari
    Master May 2020
    Kari ·
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    I would not order a dress smaller than the size you can fit into. It is MUCH easier to take a dress in than let it out. Additionally weight loss doesn't occur evenly all over, nor does it guarantee a size change, so even if you do lose 25 pounds its possible you could lose a full size in one measurement, two sizes in another measurement, and no size in the third measurement. You could even increase some measurements as you lose weight (for example if you carry a lot of weight in your abdomen and start lifting weights, you might lose inches in your waist but gain in your booty).

    Additionally, I don't think its wise to put added pressure in yourself to lose weight before your wedding. For some trying to fit into a dress is good motivation, but for many its added stress. I would order the size that fits you now and alter as needed. You do still have ample time before the big day to lose that weight safely, but wanting to do and having to do it are two different things.

    Most bridal boutiques are VERY clear that they are not responsible for weight gain or loss (nor failure to lose or gain weight). If you order the dress in your current size and lose weight you'd be in a better position to re-order or have it altered to fit a smaller size, vs ordering a size smaller and then not fitting into it and trying to reorder it bigger.

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  • Belle
    VIP August 2022
    Belle ·
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    Is 25lbs less from now your BMI ideal weight? Just so you know BMI doesn’t always look right. Or is 25lbs less was the weight when you were younger?


    I lost 18lbs from running in 4 months. I am 92lbs now, but my goal is 88lbs, which is my weight before I had our 3rd kid. Don’t be alarmed, I am only 4”7 ☹️ I took nutrition classes and spoke to my physician before I started my diet.
    So yes, it’s it is possible if you have the discipline. Losing weight is mental challenge 😆 Don’t look at your numbers in the scale. I am measuring my body fat instead of trusting the scale.
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  • Crystal
    Dedicated November 2020
    Crystal ·
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    I second this, i bought my dress in my "then" size 7 months later i am down 30 pounds and my then size in the dress has not changed, even tho my pant size has dramatically. I would say this also depends on the shape/fit of the dress. mine is aline and my ribs just dont get much smaller even with weight loss.

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