Buying a Wedding Dress When You're Losing Weight


Many brides have a goal to lose weight before the big day. A big question arises then around the dress.

Should I buy a dress now and get it tailored? 

Should I wait until I've lost weight to even try on wedding dresses? 

Check out our timeline below to see at what point you should buy your dress, and when to get it tailored to your new & fab body. 

But first!

Here are some general rules of thumb to keep in mind:

If you are planning to lose 5 – 20 pounds, buy a dress that fits your current body; you will have plenty of time for it to get taken in.

If you are planning to lose 40 – 50+ pounds, it may be a good idea to wait a bit to buy your dress so that you can choose one that fits your new body shape. It is possible you may have more limited options since the timing will be a bit tight.

Regardless of how much weight you want to lose, it can be best to choose a corset back dress, as it'll be easier to tailor when it comes to adjustments.

wedding dress styles for body types

Wedding Dress Timeline

if You're Losing Weight

Here are some good resources about finding a dress based on your body type:

1 Year Before Your Wedding Date

Picking a Silhouette (Shape) of Your Dress



It generally takes 16 to 20 weeks for the dress to arrive

8 – 9 Months Before the Wedding

Buy your wedding dress

Here are some examples and guides of what you can look for:

5 Months Before the Wedding

Shop for Your Undergarments (if desired!) 

E.g. Strapless bra, Body-slimming shaper.


Bring your undergarments and shoes with you

The largest dress alterations happen here, so you ideally want to lose much of the desired weight by this point.

Tell the seamstress about your weight loss goals for the next 3 months

3 Months Before the Wedding

First Wedding Dress Fitting

Smaller tweaks to your wedding dress happen at this fitting

6 – 8 Weeks Before the Wedding

Second Wedding Dress Fitting

Even smaller fitting tweaks to the dress

2 – 3 Weeks Before the Wedding

Final Wedding Dress Fitting

Remember, you are BEAUTIFUL and no matter what, you will look amazing on your wedding day. Enjoy the love!


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