Advice for short brides!

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’m not a short bride, but most of the shorter brides I know have worn form fitting dresses(trumpet, mermaid.  These styles are a lot more flattering than big ballgowns which seem to swallow petite girls. If you’re set on having some volume, I would suggest trying an A-line. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m short (5’2) and I opted for a flowing chiffon gown 🙂

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I’m 5’2 and wanted some volume, but all of the ballgowns looked ridiculous on me. I got my volume with an overlay instead:

you can compare:

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I decided to go tea length retro and wear neutral colored shoes.  I figured, “I’m short, the tea length will accentuate my cuteness, while the neutral shoes will add a bit of length to my legs.” Hehe

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m 5″2 and went for Essense of Australia, D1257. I loved the volume in the soft organza, and I felt like a princess.. both with and without wearing heels :]

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@icegirl105: +1, we think the same! 🙂

I’m 5’3 for reference and this is the dress and shoes I’ll wear.

Ok, had it been 10 cm shorter it would have been optimal – but I just didn’t have the energy to go through alternations. Not when I think it works as is, and I do feel like a dainty ballerina in it!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I am 5’2″, and I also found I looked best in fit and flare/trumpet/mermaid dresses. Here is the stock photo of my dress:

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have a fit and flare- it is form fitting just through my hips, then flares out pretty big at the bottom.  I felt really hidden in the ballgowns and a lines I tried on.  I felt like those dresses were really overwhelming- that I was drowning in fabric and the dress was larger than me.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m 4’11.  I went with a flowy fit & flare.  The long draping and solid line seemed to help the best.  I think body type makes a bit of a difference too.  I’m pretty curvy for my height, so the things that fit more looked a lot better than anything that puffed out.  Those ones just made me look short & puffy and.  At my height, it’s nice to make an attempt to look like a woman at my wedding instead of being told I look like a kid 😉

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m 5’3 and my favorite dress so far is a fit&flare.  It comes in petite, so I might not have to get it hemmed! 😀 Look around for petite-sized dresses, and yes, stay away from ballgows if you’re below 5’3.  I didn’t look like I was being dwarfed by the ones I tried, but I’m kind of on the line between petite and regular height anyway. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I’m 5’2 and mine is a trumpet 🙂 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m 5’3″ and a good size smaller than a bridal 2, and I’m probably going slim ballgown or full A-line.  I felt like the more form-fitting dresses emphasized how small I was, which is definitely not how I want to feel on my wedding day.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m 5’1″ and felt very small in anything sheath-like. I specifically didn’t want any petticoats or hoops, so I found a designer who customised a dress for me with a full-circle skirt, which is a full circle of material that drops at the waist- so much fun to spin in! It gave volume without any fuss and was so easy to wear. I also had a sweetheart neckline with a one-shoulder drapeing and a jewelled detail on the shoulder, this draws the eye diagonally and elongates your body. The dress was perfect and so me!

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