Not sure if this is the right forum to ask this question/seek advice, but I thought I'd try it out! :-)
Here goes: I *just* got engaged this month and we set the wedding date for May 25, 2013. Short engagement, yup!
Now, I know I need to get a dress. And soon. Like right now soon. But I'm holding out until February.
Quick background: this is my second marriage. I first married when I was very young (it lasted 7 months) and I was morbidly obese. A size 24/26. I bought my gown 6 months before the wedding and I was in such denial that I was gaining weight that I refused to go for a final fitting. The week before the wedding, my best friend flew in from college and noticed the weight gain immediately and demanded I try the dress on. It did not fit.
A week before my wedding, I had to buy an off-the-rack size 26 David Bridal gown. I HATED it.
Speed up to 2012. I currently wear a size 8/10, up from a size 4/6 a year ago (I lost the bulk of the weight the year we divorced; I've been thin for the last 8 years or do). A health issue this year (namely, an allergic reaction to antibiotics that covered 60% of my body in the itchiest & ugliest rash you've ever seen; it required oral and topical steroids, including a petroleum-based ointment...in the dog days of summer, I was slathered up in Vaseline) took me off track and I put on right around 18 pounds.
For Christmas, my FI bought me 8 sessions with a personal trainer at our boxing gym. My goal is to slim down as much as possible in January (realistically, 8-10 pounds) and then go dress shopping starting in February.
Here's my question: do I continue to lose weight for the sake of my health or kind of maintain status quo and just firm until our wedding in May? I tend to lose weight mostly in my chest/stomach (vice my thighs where I'm heaviest) and with a fitted bodice, I'm worried I'll be in the same situation again--having to go out and buy a new dress right before the wedding, but only this time because I'm too thin.
How much is too much for a dress to be taken in? Do I need to even worry about this?
Thanks so much, All!!