Alteration altercations

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Roughly four months after I ordered it, my wedding dress finally came in last week in Grande Prairie, so a friend and I made the trip out to pick it up and try it on again (to make sure there was nothing wrong with it, that I still like it, etc.).

Now, when I ordered the dress back in October, the consultant insisted that I order it a size too big, even though I told her I planned on losing weight. It didn't make a lot of sense to me to order it a size up instead of a size down, but because it's a mermaid cut and I have Amazon thighs, she insisted it'd be for the best - basically, the more weight I can lose, the bigger of a stride I'll have on my wedding day and we'll just take in everything else.

It made sense, so I didn't argue with her anymore.

But when I tried on the dress on Friday, it was already clearly too big. I've only lost a bit of weight so far, and already the dress was sagging in my stomach (despite the corset back laced as tight as possible) and I'd basically need F cups to fill in the chest. Not good.

As I stared at myself in the mirror with the sagging fabric, I frowned a bit. I still loved the dress, but because it wasn't fitting right whatsoever, it was hard for me to see it as it should be seen (if you know what I mean).

Again I voiced concern to her that it was already too big, and I've seen enough Say Yes to the Dress episodes to know that when I bride loses too much weight before her final fitting, the dress can end up looking completely different after alterations, rather than like the intended style.

Also, the cost of alterations could be sky-high if they have to take it in too much.

So now I'm kind of wondering if this could have been prevented had the consultant ordered it in my size from the start, not even necessarily a size down. Am I going to be charged an extra $200 because of her decision to order the dress a size up?

And do I now have to be careful NOT to lose as much weight as I'd originally wanted, for fear that my dress won't look right after alterations? That doesn't seem fair if that's the case. After all, I've been on a roll with my fitness and I'm getting really excited about being back at the gym. I'd hate having to throw a stick in my own spokes at this point.

I can't help but feel that this whole dress scenario is an unnecessary stress that could've been prevented, and instead of being really excited about looking beautiful in my dress on my wedding day, I find myself concerned that it's going to look different if I get it taken in too much, and that's not something I feel like I should be worrying about.

It's too late to go back and tell them to order it in in my size like I originally requested, and that's the worst part. My wedding is in less than five months now, and it took nearly four to get my dress in. So basically, I'm stuck with it, and stuck with whatever happens to it down the line, including possibly high alteration fees.

I said yes to the dress, but I certainly didn't say yes to all this.

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