Post # 1
Ok, I hope someone else has some helpful information about this topic! I ordered my dress in November and am waiting for it to come in. When I got fitted for it, I told the person measuring me that I was planning on losing some weight for the wedding (which isn’t until November 2013). So anyway, I know bridal sizing is different than regular sizing; however, the size she recommended me to get is 2 sizes bigger than my current jean size. I think some of it had to do with the bust..(and I was wearing a slightly padded strapless bra which I will not wear during the wedding due to the open back of the dress). She insisted I should get the larger. So anyway, I am just nervous that my dress is going to be way too big. I know I can get alterations done, and I’m not so worried about having to pay for that or anything, but is it possible that it will be too much too alter? I’ve already paid for the hem to hollow alteration because the bottom of the dress has a lacy/kind of scalloped edge. So basically, has anyone had a similar problem/worry? Let me know your results or what you think about this. Thanks and happy Friday!!!
Post # 3
I have picked my dress but it is not been ordered until February. My dress consultant told me that it is always best to order the dress a size or two too big then one that fits snug on the day you tried it on. She said it is easier with alterations to take it in then to take it out. In my situation I tried on an Australian Size 12 which I think is US 8 and it fit nice around my hips but was miles too big up top and I am not a pear shape more of an hourglass. She said that if I ordered a size 10 AUS it might be too snug and the 12 will be a better option. Personally I would rather have a dress too big that can be taken in then squeezing into another dress because I hope to lose weight for the wedding.
Post # 4
Two sizes bigger than street size doesn’t seem odd for a wedding dress. I don’t think I’d worry about it on that basis. You can ask to see the designer’s sizing chart and compare with your measurements. They’ll generally order the largest size that any one of your measurements fits. I don’t think a slight bra padding would make a big difference, but you could try your own chest measurement with the bra versus whatever you’re going to be wearing and see if you get much difference.
Post # 5
I do think bridal shops have a habit of ordering larger, as dresses an be easily taken in but not taken out. They will order to your largest measurement, in my case, I had to order two sizes bigger for my hips anthat dress needs some major alterations everywhere else
Post # 6
@summer_1981: Yeah, that’s kind of what I was wondering. I am pretty athletic, but I have a fairly small waist. I feel like, the waist size is going to need a lot of alterations because you don’t want that to be loose. I had a few people tell me about bridal shops always ordering too big as well. I guess I’ll just have to pay for alterations and forget about it! lol Thanks for the help everyone!
Post # 7
My friend sometimes works at her mum’s bridal dress store, she said it’s always better to order bigger as *generally* you can take a dress in about 2 sizes without majorly affecting shape etc, whereas you can usually only let a dress out about half a size max. Better to be safe than sorry!