(Closed) height-challenged brides

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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502 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am 5’2″ the designer I got my dress from is Mia Solano. The have petite options. They ordered me a petite and I still need to get it hemmed. However, not AS much. My dress has a lot of detailing so I was worried about losing it from alterations. I am also only wearing a 2 inch wedge. I guess we will see what happens at alterations 🙂

Post # 4
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605 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m 5’2″. I looked for designers who carry petite sizes (Joli and David’s Bridal are two) but it seems most don’t. I find it doesn’t matter much. Almost everyone’s wedding dress needs alterations, so they may as well shorten it (one of the cheaper alterations, depending on how ornate the skirt is) while they’re at it. A bigger challenge was finding dresses that weren’t overwhelming on a short girl. I picked a simple style because I thought big trains and full skirts with pick-ups looked silly on me. Some shorter women seem to be able to pull it off, though. Happy shopping! Post pics.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m 5’2 as well and I have a Mori Lee dress. They offer shorter/petite options on their dresses as well. Just look into which designers offer petite sizes and even if they don’t, doesn’t mean you can’t hem it! My dress still needs a little hemming despite the petite size. Just don’t fall in love with a dress with a beautiful detailing at the bottom because it’s harder to hem and keep that detail. It’s really not so bad being a short bride 🙂 I promise!

Post # 6
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5263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m 5′ and my dress is a Christos. I bought it used, because I couldn’t afford the types of dress I wanted new, but I made sure to buy it from a bride with a similar body type and height. It has worked out perfectly!

Post # 7
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74 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m 5’1″ as well. When I looked for dresses I knew that they all would be ridiculously long on me, but some designers offer different options for the hem. For example I’m wearing a Maggie Sottero and you can order it normal length, 3″ off normal or 5″off normal from the factory. I got mine with the 3″ off as I knew I wanted to wear a high heel that day, plus the seamstress charges a flat rate for a hem no matter how much she takes off at this shop. When you go to shop, see if the dress shop has an elevated platform that you can stand on, and stand to the very edge and let the dress hang down. It’ll give you the ability to see how the dress should look should we vertically challenged people be average height. Also when you go to shop, don’t throw something out because it has detail at the bottom, if its something that you really like a lot of seamstresses will take it up from the waist so that it doesn’t disturb the detail on the bottom.

Hope this helps!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

i’m 5’0 and i have a monique lhuillier.  i was told when i bought it that i’m the exact same shape and size as monique which is why her dresses look nice on petite brides.  

 

Post # 9
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2006 posts
Buzzing bee

Look for dressed that offer a “hollow to hem” measurement. This means that they measure your proportions and make the dress accordingly. The problem with ordering a petite size or hacking off the bottom of the dress is that you are going to change the proportions, and thus the look, of the entire dress (and petite in bridal world is still like 5’5)! I honestly don’t know what designers offer this, but I know they are out there!

Post # 10
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67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m 4’11..5, and my dress is from Bonny Bridal. When I ordered it, I was given the option of having the company just create the skirt at my length, instead of having to hem it. It ended up being cheaper to do that than it was to have the bridal salon alter it. However, this only works if you already have your shoes.

Post # 11
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750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My Casablanca dress was made to fit my hollow-to-hem. I’m 5’1″ but I’m wearing 3.5″ heels. It fits perfectly.

Post # 12
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218 posts
Helper bee

I’m 5′ 3″ (almost) and I’m getting a knee leingth gown, because i think it will make me look taller!

I tried on about 30 dresses, and most of them were floor length, but none of them made me look super small. they were almost all fit & flare dresses, my biggest problem was finding one that flared in the right place, but tailoring can help with that too.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My dress is a Private Label by G.  I ordered it with custom length so it doesn’t need to be hemmed.  I think it was $150 extra, but with all the embroidery and beading I think it is cheaper in the end to get the right length from the get-go.

Post # 14
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443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

so far I’m the shortest @ 4’9″!!  Yay me…..I actually just went shopping for the 1st time yesterday and I was very, very anxious about it bc I was afraid I would look like a hobbit in a wedding gown!!  However, it was much better than I anticipated.  I had a fave going in and it was the 1st dress i tried on.  Nothing else even came close.  I had it on a couple of minutes and the owner was already saying we would have to do hollow to hem.  And if the length has to be adjusted after it arrives, the seamstress wont do it from the bottom; she will take it up at the waist, which is covered by lace banding.  That way the lace at the bottom stays in tact.  I have a very short torso and the bodice on the sample dress didn’t sit right at all on me.  They will have to shorten it also.  I am ordering my dress next week-its Casablanca 1907 and I absolutely love it!!

Post # 15
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474 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I am 5’4. I did not think that it was that hard to find a gown. Besides if the gown you choose is to long, you can alway hem it. You can also wear some heels if you decided not to hem the dress. Good Luck.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

ok I have everyone beat….I am a whopping 4’9″…hollow to hem all the way!!!

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