70% of brides plan on getting in shape before they say “I do”. Brides want to be healthier and with hard work they will drop some weight for their wedding day.
As their bodies continue to change to meet their goal many brides ask themselves this question, “Should I order my dream dress in my current size and deal with alterations once I’ve hit my ideal size or should I order it in my ideal size?”.
It’s not the easiest question to answer as all bodies and dresses are created differently. But before you go wedding dress shopping you have to be incredibly honest with yourself. How many dress sizes do you truly believe you can drop? If you know you can easily lose 1-2 dress sizes then go for the dress in your dream size and work hard to get there. It’s important to be aware that if you order the dress in your current size and lose more than a couple of dress sizes the proportion and balance of the gown might be ruined after alterations. However, wedding dresses are easier to make smaller than they are to make bigger.
Corset backs are ideal for these types of situations. Having a wedding gown with a corset back will allow the dress to be pulled in to create a smaller size if you lose more weight than you had anticipated. Also, a corset back will allow an easy fix if the dress is a bit more snug than you had anticipated.
If you’ve fallen in love with a wedding dress that isn’t a corset back remember that most dresses are alterable and a seamstress will be able to let your dress in or out to fit your new figure. Keep in mind that dresses with big lace motifs or heavily beaded dresses will be harder and more costly to alter as it requires more time and talent to complete. Alterations are crucial for your wedding dress to fit perfectly and it’s imperative to research a local seamstress who is an expert.
The ultimate way to reach your weight loss goal is to get professional advice from a doctor or a physical trainer and diet and train accordingly to their specifications. Also, remember that weight is not the best way to judge your physical progress! Measure your physical stats like bust, hips, waist, and body fat as you might be getting leaner but your weight can stay the same.