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Learn When to Buy a Wedding Dress if You're Losing Weight


Cara Axelrod Orlan Wedding Nutritionist
Cara Axelrod Orlan Wedding Nutritionist
Congratulations on your engagement and weight loss journey so far!

When to buy a wedding dress while losing weight depends on the amount of weight you plan to lose before the wedding.

  • For a 5-20 pound weight loss, buy a dress that fits your current body and have it tailored closer to the wedding.


  • For a 20-40 pound weight loss, wait until you are down to 20 pounds or less to lose before ordering a dress, and order it 8-9 months before the wedding.


  • For a 40+ pound weight loss, it may be a good idea to wait to buy a dress to choose one that fits your new body shape.


  • Consider choosing a corset back dress, as it's easier to tailor.


Wedding dress shopping timeline:

  • 1 year before wedding: pick a silhouette for your dress, start browsing and shopping for styles, try on dresses in your current size.

  • 8-9 months before wedding: buy your wedding dress.

  • 5 months before wedding: shop for undergarments (if desired).

  • 3 months before wedding: have the first wedding dress fitting, tell the seamstress about your weight loss goals.

  • 6-8 weeks before wedding: have additional dress fittings.

  • 2-3 weeks before wedding: have the final wedding dress fitting.


Remember that you are beautiful and will look amazing on your wedding day, no matter what!


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