modest, simple, vintage, long sleeve ballgown for petite bride – opinions?

posted 2 weeks ago in Dress
Post # 16
278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

It’s a lovely dress!  I’m about your size and you’d be surprised what you can wear if it’s the right proportions.  I’d definitely want to try it on before committing to it though.  As a PP mentioned, some alterations are easier than others.  Or at the very least, ask for the measurements of the dress (e.g., bust, waist, etc.) and go from there.  I think a chapel or cathedral length veil would look great with it.  I’d probably wear a small heel (1.5 to 2 inches).

Post # 17
4844 posts
Honey bee

Shinytoy :  

I love  your dress, though I like the inspiration ones better , they are less ‘Mormonised’ and more elegant . If you do go with the pictured one, I agree strongly with the  pp who said the sleeves need shortening and tightening . If you wear gloves with them as is  it will look quite odd, you need some flesh showing in between gloves and sleeve ending.

It has a lovely bateau type neckline, the most flattering   of all necklines I think , so I;d find a veil that didn’t obscure it , perhaps a plain long one with horsehair or ribbon edging as has been suggested .


Post # 19
832 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I like it!! But I wouldn’t pair gloves with that.

Post # 20
24 posts
  • Wedding: May 2018

I second checking Etsy. I had a vision in mind and was having a very difficult time finding anything in person… I found what I had dreamed up on Etsy. The dress you have here looks like it will fit your tastes quite nicely though too. I don’t know how I feel about the gloves though :/. Also, I’m 5’3″ and was initially afraid of the ballgrown/lage A-line silouette too. I thought it would overwhelm me but I ended up buying a huge multilayered ballgown skirt and LOVE it. In fact, paried with my height, I think it looks both elegant and adorable. I say go for the big skirt!

Post # 21
9352 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

Shinytoy :  it’s gorgeous and the fabric is beautiful. PP is so right about the waist- that’s the biggie for us petite brides. It will make all the difference to make sure the waist hits you perfectly. 

That said, short brides can wear any kind of dress, so don’t worry about that:-) 

:@uk-bee had a very elegant simply dress with a beautiful veil with satin edges. Very crisp and elegant. If you go to her recap, you’ll see it. 

I think a 3/4 sleeve would look great with a wrist glove, and it would cut up all of the white to take away any lingering Mormon look. 

I looove simple elegant dresses made with great fabric that are tailored to a woman’s body- nothing like it.


ETA- here’s the link to @UK-bee’s recap, hopefully she won’t mind!

Post # 23
169 posts
Blushing bee

I saw this video and it instantly made me think of your post! 

Post # 26
1325 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I’d do a veil like the one I wore on my special day because this screams classic to me. Beautiful dress bee. From a fellow small bride. I’m 5″2 and 58kg 🙂 

Post # 27
1325 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Shinytoy :  my dress was a vintage that I altered too 🙂 also about 50 years old! I was young bride too but felt like the older style was definitely more me xx beautiful 

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