Is Dieting to Fit into a Tight Wedding Dress Worth It?

Welcome to the Weekly Wednesday Survey!  Every Wednesday the Wedding Confessionals Crew tackles one wedding related hot topic and reveal all of our different takes on the subject.  Get ready, y’all.  This group’s got some STRONG OPINIONS!


Should a bride starve herself to fit into a tight dress, or just buy a roomier one she likes a little less and skip the dieting?

Pam: Dieting before your wedding sounds like a recipe for a Bridezilla! Weddings are stressful enough without the pressure of possibly not fitting into your wedding dress the day of. How about keep looking until you find the dress that’s juuuuust riiiiiight? Because I don’t think you’ve found it yet.

Erika: I’m a plus sized lady so my best advice is to find a dress you like, buy it a size up and then tailor it to your rocking bod. I’m two totally different sizes downstairs and upstairs so it helps to shop for something that looks good on the hips and then tailor it to fit my upper body. This will also help you fit into your dream dress without having to go the Karen Carpenter route. Honestly, good tailoring covers a million bodily imperfections – which we all have! – so there’s no need to starve yourself. 

Lauren: Chile please!  Everyone wants be Gone With The Wind fabulous on their wedding day!  I’m on a liquid diet until my wedding day!  Since I don’t have a ring, hopefully I haven’t turned into a puddle by the time he asks for my hand!

Paul: This is tough.  On one hand, love the body you have!  On the other, these photos are forever and you want to look what you believe to be your best.  I think the key here is being realistic with yourself.  Deciding you want to lose 50 pounds for your wedding in two months is recipe for tears and a medically questionable corset.  However, deciding you want to lose a reasonable amount of weight in a healthy amount of time can just make you happier on the day (plus, exercise is a great stress reliever and you WILL be stressed).  Ultimately, I say do the thing that you think is going to make you happy on the day of your wedding…if that’s mainlining chocolate ice cream for six months, just make sure the person doing your alterations is aware of your diet.

Jen: I think this picture from Bride Wars says it all:


My advice: Never. Miss. Arms. Day.

Brooke: When I was a bride I had to choose between a “gurl, you better get yourself to the gym” dress and a “keep on eating” gown.  Because I know I’m a stress eater, I chose the dress that allowed me to chowing down while planning the big day.  It’s a choice I’m glad I made and it ended with me feeling great and being a much happier bride on the wedding day and months leading up to it.

But if you want to use your wedding as a time to hit some fitness goal, you go gurl (or boy)!  As long as you don’t turn into a cranky monster.  I don’t judge folks for wanting to feel their best on a day where everyone – including probably a professional photographer – is snapping pics of you.


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