(Closed) bridal salon’s brides’ and bridesmaids’ dress sizing BEWARE

posted 9 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

That is horrible! It does sound like the salon is taking advantage. the girls dresses are coming from Alfred Angelo and they were pretty accurate with the girls sizes so far, but we haven’t ordered the dresses yet. However, never did anyone tell us to order 2-4 sizes up. I went to a smaller bridal salon to find the dress I wanted and they were very nice. The man (yes man) helping us was even adamant about trying the size I said I needed and made me try a smaller size. LOL Of course, I WAS RIGHT, but I thought it was funny and rather than be discouraged by it I took it as a compliment. I may not be that size but if I look that size to a man, then hey, I’m not complaining!

I’m so sorry for your experience. I definitely would not go back to that salon when it comes time to order your dress or the maids dresses.

Post # 4
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685 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m sorry to hear about your experience.  Hmmm, now that I think about it, I’m starting to wonder if I should have ordrerd a smaller sized dress.  The situation makes me especially nervous because I’ve heard from other brides that the salon tends to have very expensive alteration costs. 

To be fair, my consultant wasn’t overly pushy about which size to order and I guess I did fall in between to sizes…guess we’ll just have to wait and see when it comes in.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

This happened to my bridesmaids too. All 4 of them are very slim girls who wear a street size 2-6. The salon insisten on ordering one of them a dress that was a size 16!!! It was so large it fit her husband. We were really horrified, and yes she got it altered but it really never looked right due to how much they had to remove. No suggestions on how to deal with this but just wanted to add that it is a real problem. We even went to a very pricey salon for their dresses because we thought it would be the most reputable.

Post # 6
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792 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

This happened to me too. The store told me to order a size 6 even though I regularly am a 2, I had to send it back because I was swimming in the thing and got a size 4. It was still too big so I took it to my seamstress and she basically took it down to my normal size. Had I known then what I know now, I would have listened to my instincts… oh well.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

This happened to me as well. The sample of the dress I ultimately bought was actually my size, size 8, but they insisted I order a 10. The 10 has come in and of course, it doesn’t fit perfectly around the bust. The 8 was PERFECT and I was pretty mad so I told the salon I would be taking my dress elsewhere for alterations. I’m not gonna let them charge me $150-$300 for something that a local seamstress will charge probably under $100 for.

I actually talked about this issue of fabricating stories and exagerating truths out loud in front of a sales person at a salon where my BM’s were trying on dresses. I think I offended the woman when I insisted that my friend didn’t need to rush into a decision about which dress to choose. But that is something else I feel they really get you on. They insist that you need to rush the order because its "OHMYGOD! ONLY3MONTHSTILLYOURWEDDING!!"Then you pay $65for the "rush order" and the damn thing ends up coming in 1-2 months ahead of when they say it will. Its all a bunch of bullshit, pardon my language, but it really is.

Stay strong there ladies! Don’t let the wedding racket break you, emotionally and financially!

Post # 8
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159 posts
Blushing bee

wow… i know bridal dresses usually run small, but 4-6 sizes is crazy!

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

yep I have run into this too . . . we mostly just ended up lucky because several girls were able to actually try a dress on (from a different store than we ordered from, since all were in different states) and we went with their instincts on what to get. the size charts in my opinion aren’t always right (maybe they overcompensate because they think people lie to themselves and order too small . . . I don’t know).

I was lucky too that my dress happened to have the sample in my size. they measured and tried to imply we should go up a size . . . which is crazy since it fit and wasn’t even tight! we were insistent to get that size and it ended up being too big anyway (admittedly I lost a few more pounds too). 

now 4-6 sizes sounds totally crazy to me but I do think they just err on the big side and it’s a nice perk for them that they make serious alterations money out of it.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

The best luck I’ve had is by looking at the dressmaker’s sizing chart.  Usually I think even sizing charts err on the big side, but that’s more accurate than sizing up from your street size.  And sometimes the cut makes a difference.  I was between sizes for a BM dress once b/c of my hips.  I was lucky and the woman at the salon said that b/c the dress had an a-line shape and would be looser at the bottom, I should go with the smaller size (since all of my other dimensions fit the smaller one).  I was glad b/c I did not need a single alteration!

Personally, for the most part I think bridal salons are evil.  Hey, they know they’re not going to get repeat customers!  Butsome are definitely nicer than others.

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