Post # 1
To my fellow petite brides out there, where are the best places to find a dress in the northern NJ/NY area? I’m 4’9″ and therefore often mistaken for a 12 year old which is great when I don’t want to pay adult prices for things although I get really sad when I don’t get carded for drinks. I know there’s certain designers out there that somewhat cater to petite-ness. I think my other concern would be the cost of alterations considering you could probably make another dress with all of the material they’ll have to cut. Heck, I’m even considering a custom made dress to go along with my custom made heels.
Thanks for your help 🙂
Post # 3
I am pretty small. I got my dress from Kleinfeld’s, its Pnina Tornai – she really caters to petite brides since she is so small herself. When they took my measurement they said they would be adjusting the length of the skirt and bodice to make sure it was proportionate on my frame.
Post # 4
I am 5’2″ and 96 pounds. I often get mistaken for a 12 year old too! I got my dress from Modern Trousseau. They make the dresses for every bride from scratch. You pick a particular style but there are no sizes. They take your measurements and the dress is made exactly to your measurements just for you! Because of this, it is highly customizable (I added sleeves, changed the skirt so it was aline instead of trumpet and added buttons all the way down the back). I still had to get some minor alterations but it wasn’t so bad. We ordered extra length because we didn’t know how tall my shoes would be so I got the hem shortened, I had minor adustments on the sleeves and added a bustle. But overall it was great! Picking a dress from Modern Trousesau allowed me to try on different styles and pick what I liked to fit me as opposed getting a seamstress to create a custom gown and having to come up with a vision for a dress with no direction as I had no idea what looked good on my body! I believe Modern Trouseeau has retailers in the NJ/NY area.
Other tips: stay away from ballgown styles. I tended to get lost in them and the dress wore me, instead of the other way around. The aline flattered my petite frame because it hugged me on top but it also didn’t make me look so tiny (like mermaid styles) because it gradually opens up on the bottom. I also got a long train so it would look more dramatic because I wanted it to look like a wedding dress and not a first communion dress!