Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime event that you want to remember forever. Every bride wants to look and feel her best on her special day, and many choose to lose weight in the lead-up to their wedding. However, the process of losing weight can pose a dilemma when it comes to buying a wedding dress. How can you ensure that you buy the perfect dress if you’re planning to lose weight before the big day?
We’re exploring this common topic of brides who are trying to lose weight before their wedding and offer advice on when to buy your wedding dress if you’re losing weight. We’ll discuss setting realistic weight-loss goals, understanding the wedding timeline, consulting with a trusted seamstress, determining the style and fit that flatters your body type, the possibility of alterations, the type of fabric used for the dress, the design and embellishments of the dress, timing the purchase of a wedding dress, and last-minute options for brides who are still losing weight.
Before buying a wedding dress, set a realistic weight-loss goal
The first step in knowing when to buy a wedding dress when losing weight is to set a realistic weight-loss goal. It’s important to remember that crash dieting or extreme exercise regimens can be dangerous and ineffective in the long run. Instead, aim for a steady and sustainable weight loss of one to two pounds per week. This will not only help you achieve your weight-loss goals but also ensure that you’re healthy and energized for your wedding day.
Understanding the wedding timeline
The second step in knowing when to buy a wedding dress is to understand the wedding timeline. This will help you determine when to buy your wedding dress and when to start your weight-loss journey. Generally, it’s recommended that brides begin shopping for their wedding dress six to twelve months before the wedding. This allows ample time for fittings and alterations. However, if you’re planning to lose a significant amount of weight, it may be best to wait until you’ve reached your goal weight before buying your dress.
Consulting with a trusted seamstress
The third step in knowing when to buy a wedding dress is to consult with a trusted seamstress. A professional seamstress can offer advice on the best style and fit for your body type, as well as the types of alterations that can be made to your dress if you do lose weight. They can also advise on the type of fabric that will work best for your weight-loss journey.
Determining the style and fit that flatters your body type
The fourth step in knowing when to buy a wedding dress is to determine the style and fit that flatters your body type. Every bride has a unique body shape, and it’s important to choose a dress that enhances your best features and hides your flaws. A-line dresses are a good choice for pear-shaped brides, while ball gowns are perfect for hourglass figures. Empire waist dresses are ideal for apple-shaped brides, and trumpet dresses flatter athletic builds.
These are a few of our favorite styles for a variety of body types and fits:
- Princess Fit for an A-line look: Umbrella-shaped skirt: Sonya Satin Dress / Kylie Satin Bandeau Top
- Shoulder Coverage: Alia Dress White*
- Flowy Silhouette: Mariah Dress White*
- Mermaid Skirt for hourglass-shaped brides: Aurora Satin Dress White
*Indicates best seller
When buying a wedding dress, it’s important to keep in mind the possibility of alterations. Most wedding dresses are designed with some wiggle room to accommodate minor changes in weight. However, it’s important to consult with your seamstress to ensure that your dress can be altered to fit your changing body shape.
The type of fabric used for the dress
The type of fabric used for the dress is also an important consideration when buying a wedding dress when losing weight. Some fabrics, such as satin and silk, are less forgiving than others and may require more alterations if you lose weight. Lightweight fabrics such as chiffon and tulle are more forgiving and may be a better choice for brides who are planning to lose weight.
Here’s a guide to some of our favorite white dresses in various fabric types for your special day:
- Silk/spandex: Airina Dress White*
- Satin: Aurora Satin Dress
- Silk: Angelique Bow Dress
- Polyester/Spandex: Ysabella Dress White*
*Indicates best seller
The design and embellishments of the dress
Some designs and embellishments, such as beading or lace, can make alterations more difficult. Consider choosing a dress with fewer embellishments if you're planning to lose weight.
Timing the purchase of a wedding dress
Timing is crucial when buying a wedding dress, especially if you're trying to lose weight before your wedding day. Make sure to take into consideration the timeline of your shopping and dress fittings to ensure that you have enough time to hit your weight loss goal and make time for alterations.
Early on in the wedding planning process
It's a good idea to start looking for a dress early on in the wedding planning process, even if you're planning to lose weight. This will give you plenty of time to try on different styles and find a dress that you love.
After reaching a significant weight loss
If you've already lost a significant amount of weight, it's time to start looking for a dress. This will give you enough time for alterations and fittings.
Last-minute options for brides who are still losing weight
If you're still losing weight and don't have much time before your wedding, consider buying a dress that can be altered easily, such as a simple A-line or ballgown style. You can also look for dresses with corset backs, which can be adjusted to fit your changing body.
When should I stop losing weight before my wedding?
It's important to set a realistic weight-loss goal and to stop losing weight at least a month before your wedding. This will give you enough time to make alterations and ensure that your dress fits perfectly on your big day.
How many pounds does it take to drop a wedding dress size?
The number of pounds it takes to drop a wedding dress size varies depending on your body type and the style of the dress. On average, it takes about 10-15 pounds to drop a dress size.