Thinking of losing weight for the wedding ? Here’s what you need to know.
Many mother of the brides (and their daughters!) come to us when they start looking for an outfit however what usually happens is they’ll initially say they are just looking at the moment because they are losing weight or are intending to lose weight before the wedding.
Whilst we don’t think any of you need to lose weight before the wedding , there’s a few things you need to be aware of if you do .
Being realistic, four or five stone weight loss in 6 months is not the norm. We have found , from our experience of dressing ladies for many years, for those losing weight the “average” weight loss is around 1-1.5 stones over many months. This roughly equates to between one and two dress sizes.
Being completely honest this will usually mean that you will not go instantly from a current size 22 to a size 14 .Note this is what we have found in our experience of many years dressing the mums – this is not to say that you won’t get down to a size 14 ,we are generalising based on our experience.
If you are losing weight be aware that even if you do go down 1-2 dress sizes , you may not actually lose inches in the areas that you want e.g. you may lose inches from your bust but not as much from your tummy.
We would always advise that if you see something that you like that fits you now , buy it as it can always be altered nearer the time if you do lose the weight.
Often specialist shops like ourselves order their stock many months in advance and they will not in general order every style in every colour in every size .This means that if a particular size is sold out usually they can’t re-order in a different size as the new seasons collections will be coming into store .
We have found many ladies who come to us and find the perfect outfit only to go away without purchasing it because they are losing weight and think their body size will be radically changed in 3 months time.
They then come back into the shop looking for the outfit they tried on several months ago and of course it has gone .As they had set their heart on that particular outfit, they leave the shop feeling disappointed and in fact sometimes then put themselves under more stress as now the wedding may only be a few weeks or a month away and they don’t have an outfit.
Last year we had a lady in who purchased an outfit from us which was 4 sizes too small.She went against our advice and purchased it anyway as she had 9 months before the wedding and was determined that purchasing the outfit would give her the incentive to lose the weight.
The lady at the time was a plus size 26 and the outfit she bought was a size 18.She was also hiring a hat from us , which she was due to collect on the Thursday before the wedding on the Saturday.
We called the lady on the Thursday to remind her to bring her outfit back in so that we could make sure the hat was still the most suitable as we had had more new stock in since she had purchased the outfit.
The lady came into the shop on the Thursday evening , tried on her outfit which would not even zip at the back .The lady had not tried the outfit on since she had bought it and had in fact not managed to lose any weight.The lady was completely distraught as you would imagine.
Only luckily did we have another outfit in her size (still size 26) and a different hat that went really well which saved the day but the outcome could have been so very different.
We don’t want that to be you! At the end of the day the size on a dress or outfit is only a label and as there are no standard sizes from each designer it would much better to ignore whatever size it says on the label and choose an outfit that fits you and makes you look amazing rather than trying to squeeze yourself into something that is unflattering just because it’s label is a size that you want to be.
We have a great selection of around 400 outfits in sizes 8-28 in the shop including an extensive plus size selection.
Wedding Pearls are based at 106 Minster Road, Stourport on Severn, DY13 8AB.
Call us on 07896 436797 or visit our website www.weddingpearls.net (You can also book an appointment and purchase online)
Note we are inside a large bridal shop , A to Z Wedding Services and there is plenty of free parking outside.