Friday, May 7, 2010

Will My Wedding Dress Fit?

So last weekend I finally found a wedding dress that fits perfectly (no small feat) and that I love (also no small feat) and that I think my guy would love. I quickly bought it.

Don't worry; this isn't the dress. LOL! :)

The problem I'm dealing with now is will my dress still fit me come wedding day. The date is July 10th. That is about two months from now.

My lowest weight (during the period where I had health issues) was 147. I am now, for the last couple of weeks, fluctuating between 148 and 152 (usually right around 149/150). I had gotten up to a 154 about a month ago right after I began feeling better. So I guess I am down 4-5 pounds this month? But it's not really a good guage on future weight loss since I was here before--albeit when I was having issues. Before then, I want to say that I was around 157 (although I'm not as good of a tracker as most, so I might be off a little--plus I was dealing with a HEAP of other things).

I also wonder if I am I close to my set-point weight (where I won't be losing much--if any--more). I am, of course, over the year hump (banded December 18, 2008), so I'm not losing quickly either. Actually, I never really did lose quickly; the most I've lost in a month was probably 10 may have been one or two months that I lost that much...and that would've been right when I began losing. There have been some months where I've lost nothing whatsoever, in fact. There may have even been periods of two months where not one pound was shed.

I am never opposed to losing weight and would like to try to lose some more before the honeymoon (we are planning for a tropical honeymoon, where I'll definitely want to wear a cute bathing suit--bikini maybe?). I even scheduled a fill for May 19th since I have been eating quite a bit lately. I am also getting back into jogging (I was unable to do much for a couple of months due to the health issues, but I can still do a mile of straight jogging, which makes me feel good--and maybe I can do more if I push myself). With the wedding so close, I definitely have an imminent goal to work toward--and, hopefully, some extra motivation.

But I want to fit in my dress most certainly. Now, saying that and still holding that it fits perfectly, it is a little on the tighter side (but without any bulges or fluff coming up in the back area, under the arms, or anywhere else). With any luck, it will just begin to fit on the small-medium side instead of the tight side (although I don't want to sacrifice the good look of the snug fit--if that is even a conceivable thought to anyone). And maybe I'll lose in areas where the fit won't be affected (toes and wrists maybe? LOL!). Seriously, I would like to lose tummy weight, but we'll see I guess. Please cross your fingers for me.
At any rate, I LOVE this dress; it is everything I was looking for and makes me look thinner to boot. It is a size 10. It is a zip-up dress. I had debated on getting it altered and adding a corset for the back; however, there is a lot of detail there, and I don't want it to look too busy. I am not good at visualizing things in the abstract, so I have no clue how it would truly look if I add the corset. I have also read some bad stories about alterations--and since I shopped around everywhere to find this particular dress (it was the last one I tried on at the last store I went to), I could not imagine having to deal with shopping after an alteration-gone-wrong on my perfect dress (and don't want any other anxieties about the wedding since I feel stressed enough). It was also pretty pricey for that particular alteration. My guy's stepmom has the dress at her house in another city right now for a few reasons, so I really can't take any pics or anything like that. :( I guess I just need you to send me good vibes for it to still fit on the wedding day...and for me to lose weight too, however that works! :)

I will tell you though, ladies, it is VERY difficult to deal with the wedding dress dilemma while losing weight. Everyone has been thinking I'm a complete slacker because I didn't get my dress six months ago (and I have still only told two people about the band, so no one knows why I waited other than that I have told them I'm trying to lose weight, which some seem to roll their eyes at). With some church-booking issues too that were outside of my control, I think people think I'm just lazy. One of my worries is that I won't have many people come, so I hope that doesn't make them not come (because they think I didn't put much into planning). But, saying all of that, I'm SO glad I didn't buy my dress before now because I've gone down a few sizes since then (would've never fit in this dress, and the bigger ones looked REALLY bad on me last year--I don't carry extra weight in a cute way at all). And I am STILL worried it won't fit. AAAHHHHHH!!!! I want to steal the picture of the Home Alone kid that Catherine posted the other day. It would be fitting here (hey, at least something would definitely fit!!! LOL!) :)


  1. I bought my dress 10 months before my wedding and 2 sizes too small - talk about stress. I think the up coming wedding will motivate you to stay on track. It did for me anyway. My alteration day was about one month before the wedding day, if that helps you. I'm sure you'll look stunning even if you don't lose a pound. Congratulations!

  2. Can't wait to see the dress. But in the meantime rest easy, I bet you will not only fit into on your wedding day, but, will look stunning and your day will be magical!

    On another note, OMG, I hear you. I can pack it away, too. What's more, I am getting hungry again. Not the little edge of hunger you get with a band, but, big ole hunger from before. So, even tho I can eat more than a bandster should be able to, I can't eat like days of yore, either and it puts me in a unique position of having to eat more often and be constantly trying to fit in meals with water. SUCKS. So I totally get what you're saying. Let's hope both our docs quit playing god and give us what we paid for.

  3. I'm so glad you found your dress. July 10th is my Mom's b-day (good day). Generally wedding dresses are designed to be altered easily so it you get down a little it should be no problem. We moved about 3 months before our wedding so I had tons of stress with a new job, new city and didn't get it altered until like a month before - it still turned out great.

  4. That is good to hear, Linda.

    We should start a club, Brooke.

    And thank you, Joey.

  5. That's great Bandita! You must promise to post pics of you in the dress (with your head blacked out).

    Try not to worry about what other people think! They probably do not care at all when you got your dress, or what effort you put into the wedding! You are way over-thinking it. I remember doing the same thing. I just wish someone had told me to CHILL.

    So I had my dress custom made by a designer in NY. Guess when he finished the dress? Oh, and the Bridesmaid dresses too. The morning of the wedding! Talk about stress!

    Anyway, Linda is right, these dresses are made to be altered easily, so try not to sweat it. I'm sure you will look amazing - you are sooooo skinny!

  6. Thanks, Gen. I totally overanalyze everything!!! :)

  7. This wedding is for you and your guy, stop worrying about other people. SO long as y'all enjoy the day, that is what matters! I can't wait to see you in your dress!

  8. I'm glad thats not the dress!

    You will probably be ok! I totally get the stress, but Lacey is right. No matter what you wear as long as you enjoy your day thats what matters. You would look like a beautiful bride even if you wore a potato sack!

  9. Babes, youre back!! Been a busy girl, huh!!
    I am SO glad thats not your wedding dress lol. That said: on you if it had been, it would have looked great regardless (bit of sucking up after the wedding dress comment.)
    I bet whatever you chose looks just beautiful on you. And I cant believe you only have 2 months to go. Where did the time go? Wow. Cant wait to see your pics of the day. Very exciting. xxx

  10. July is a good month. My hubby and I tied the not on July 23, 1994 - still going strong.

  11. I know this is two weeks "late" but I wanted to give a comment that might help anyway.

    I bought my dress about 10 months before my wedding and didn't try it on until about 4 months before the wedding. When I did, I discovered they had ordered the dress 4 sizes smaller than I was. It seemed hopeless. They say that wedding dresses can be altered up to 4 sizes without changing the shape, design or even beading. Beyond 4 sizes, then the structure of the dress gets changed and you won't know what you'll get until it's done.

    So there's the first key - if you have to alter it down or even up a size, it's still fine.

    When I discovered that my dress was drastically small, I decided I wanted the corsetting in the back. My first alterations place wouldn't do it. Said it would change the structure. It didn't matter to me, though, if they destroyed it - it didn't fit so I either got it fixed or started over and I really liked the dress, so wanted to make it work.

    The next tailor I went to would do it (but it cost a small fortune). It was GORGEOUS! It totally made that dress and then I was left with something that would shrink (or grow) with me. I had a lot of beading in the bodice of the dress and that busy effect you referred to - looked classy, actually, with the corset.

    So, while this is a really late comment (I hope you don't mind) please don't let the dress get you down. You will look gorgeous in it, I believe, and it will all work out beautifully. And, for what it's worth, I think the corset idea is a good one to pursue. I got a lot of compliments, including from the dress designer, about what the corset did for the dress.