Wedding Alterations

What should I do if I gain or lose weight after my gown alterations? ✔️ Toronto & GTA

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by Nadia Lef | Wedding Dress Designer, Tailor and owner of NLefashion in Toronto, ON

So, you’ve recently had your wedding dress alterations done and now you’re faced with the daunting possibility of gaining or losing weight? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this article, we’ll explore some helpful tips and advice on what to do if you find yourself in this situation. Whether it’s a few pounds up or down, we understand the stress and uncertainty this can bring. So, let’s dive in and find some solutions together! 


Things to do if you have gained or lost weight after the alterations

Remain calm and assess the situation

First and foremost, it’s important to remain calm if you find that you have gained or lost weight after your wedding dress alterations. While it may seem like a daunting situation, remember that solutions can be found. Take a moment to assess the situation and remind yourself that this is not an insurmountable problem.

Contact your seamstress or tailor

Once you have collected your thoughts and emotions, it’s time to get in touch with your seamstress or tailor. They will be your best resource in helping you find a solution to your altered dress. Reach out to them as soon as possible and explain the situation. They will guide you on the next steps to take.

Evaluate the potential alterations needed

When you contact your seamstress or tailor, explain to them the extent of the weight gain or loss. They will ask for specific measurements and details about how the dress currently fits. By assessing the situation together, you can determine the potential alterations that may be needed to accommodate your new body shape.

Discuss options with your seamstress or tailor

Once you have evaluated the alterations needed, it’s important to have a thorough discussion with your seamstress or tailor about the available options. They may be able to suggest certain alterations that can be made, such as letting out or taking in the dress in specific areas. Keep an open mind during this conversation and let their expertise guide you toward the best solution.


Consider temporary alterations

If your weight gain or loss is temporary, such as due to stress or a specific event, your seamstress or tailor may suggest temporary alterations. These alterations can be made in a way that allows the dress to be easily reverted back to its original shape once your weight returns to normal. Temporary alterations can be a great option if you anticipate your body returning to its previous state in the near future.


Explore alternative solutions

In some cases, it may not be feasible or practical to make alterations to your wedding dress after significant weight changes. However, don’t despair! There are alternative solutions that can still allow you to feel beautiful and confident on your special day. Consider exploring options such as wearing shapewear or investing in a new accessory or detail that can help enhance your look. Get creative and think outside the box!

Prioritize your health and well-being

While it’s understandable to feel stressed about changes in your body shape leading up to your wedding, it’s important to prioritize your health and well-being above everything else. Remember that your wedding day is about celebrating love, happiness, and the start of a new chapter in your life. Focus on nourishing your body with healthy choices and engaging in activities that make you feel good. By prioritizing your overall well-being, you’ll radiate confidence and joy, regardless of any weight changes.

Communicate with your partner and loved ones

Open communication with your partner and loved ones is crucial during this time. Let them know how you’re feeling and be honest about any concerns or fears you may have. Your partner and loved ones are there to support you in every aspect of your life, including your wedding day. By sharing your thoughts and emotions, you can receive the reassurance and encouragement you need to embrace your body and enjoy your special day.


Embrace your body and enjoy your special day

Above all, remember that your worth and beauty are not determined by your weight. Your wedding day is a celebration of love and commitment, and it should be a day where you feel confident, joyful, and empowered. Embrace your body and all that it represents. Dance, laugh, and create beautiful memories with your partner and loved ones. Trust that you are stunning just as you are, and let your happiness shine through on your special day.