Post # 1
This is my first post and I’m hoping somebody can help me. Should be pretty simple, but Im new to this whole thing. I am about to order my dress and I’m scared about telling the salon what size to order. I am 5″2 and weigh about 107 pounds. I know dress sizes vary from designer to designer but I was wondering what sizes the petites have told their stores to order ( especially if you have similar height and weight) My dress is a a Raylia W8728L. This is what it looks like: http://www.rayliadesigns.com/gallery.asp?start=24&page=3&cat_id=29&subcat_id=0&cname=BRIDAL&sname=&pname=
I should mention that my wedding isnt for another 3 years. I’m so early on getting my dress because I will be away in school for 2 years and, while I’m not planning on gaining any weight, I could gain up to 5 pounds ( Lets hope not:) the alteration ladies can take it in and all but what size did most people order their dress in? I dont want them to have to alter it too much. Ladies, your responses would be greatly appreciated
Post # 3
Why are you ordering the dress so early? You can still order it even while you are away at school? What if you fall in love with another dress over the next 2 years?
Sorry I am just concerned because I am sure that if you have been poking around the boards many brides have dress regret and buying a dress too early is often the cause.
Anyway on to answering your question. Every designer has their own sizing chart and so your salon should measure you, consult the Raylia sizing chart and order accordingly. Has this been done for you?
Welcome to the hive!
Post # 4
Agree 100% with FMM. You have a loooong way to go and while I’m sure you’re anxious to start dress shopping but who knows what new trends will come out next year or in ’12?! I would definitely hold off on buying anything until one year out from the date AT THE EARLIEST so that you don’t end up buying multiple and/or having buyer’s regret.
Post # 5
Well im a very very petite bride also. I’m 5ft even and 100 pounds. I’m ordering my dress tomorrow and they are taking all my measurements and doing it that way. THe lady said im a zero but she is still taking my measurements and sending them to the store where they are ordering my dress out of.
Post # 6
I also agree with the other brides you have 3 entire years before you get married. I think your crazy to be ordering you dress now!! i mean that in a nice way:) SOOOOO many new trends and new dresses will come out in 3 years your bound to fall in love with something new, then you will be stuck between a dress you have bought 3 years before your wedding. 3 years is a LOOOONNNNGGGGGG time away, i say don’t order it now. You can always order your dress down the road.
Post # 7
It’s hard to walk away from something after you’ve decided you love it. If you’re scared you might miss out the dress you love if you don’t order it now, I’d say go for it- but order it a size or two larger just in case! You never know what might happen in 3 years!
Post # 8
Many, many women do choose another dress when they buy one sooo early in the process. I would also recommend that you see who has that one, and try it on to make sure you like the style ON YOU!!! BTW-you can find size charts for wedding gowns by the designer if you google. Here is the one for Raylia gowns:
Bridal Size Chart U.S.
Extra charge for size 18 and over.
Production tolerance for Raylia Designs size charts – plus/minus 1/2”
Post # 9
While I agree that you should wait to order your dress, I will be happy to help! Typically, you do not tell the store what size to order (I work in a bridal shop). They will measure your bust, waist, and hips and compare it to the designers size chart. Each designer has a different chart so the bridal consultant will measure you and find your size on the chart!
Post # 10
I’m about the same size as you (not quite 5’3″ and 106lbs)… while I never “ordered” my wedding gown, for my sisters wedding my bridesmaids dress was a size 2, which is usually the smallest size you can get. I still had to have it hemmed and taken in almost 2 inches.
So I would check with the designers size chart, but generally the smallest you can order is a size 2, so based on your current size, I would go with that, and it should be perfect – if not have a little wiggle room 🙂
Post # 11
I would wait 100% to order the dress!! The earlier you order your dress the more time you have to look at other dresses and second guess your choice. What if you love this dress right now but 3 years from now you don’t feel the same way. If you can afford to change your mind then I would.
As for the measurements, wedding dress sizes are different from normal clothes, when you order your dress they will take measurements and tell you what size they would suggest you to order.
Post # 12
Thank you all for your help. I am jumping the gun a little. lol. Its just that I hate to shop and when I find something I like, I stop looking. Because of how hectic my schooling will be for the next two years I wont be having time to look for dresses at all, so I figured I’d be proactive. I’m actually not big on new trends either and the first time I went to a big store I got overwhelmed really fast ( plus I felt like a baby in there cause all the women were taller and looked older than me, I’m 24). But I think I’m going to hold off for now even though I love that dress.