Wedding Dress Sizes! I’m a what???!!!!!

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

Wedding dress sizes are notoriously… large. My wedding dress is a 10 but I wear a 4 or 6. Definitely don’t dwell on this part! It means absolutely nothing!

Post # 4
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624 posts
Busy bee

Wedding dress sizes are wacky and all over the place and very rarely are they “true”.  Not all designers even go by the same size either.  You could have (I am completely making these up) a Davids Bridal in a size 10, an Allure a size 15 and Joe Blow in a size 20 for a street size 7/8.  They really ARE all over the place so keep your chin up!!  I know it sucks but no need to get down…you are your street size, not wedding dress size in real life.  I’m sure you are smokin’ in real life and will be smokin’ in your dress. 

Post # 5
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162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Don’t worry about your wedding dress size, all wedding dresses run bigger than your normal size! If you are comfortable with your weight where you are now, don’t worry about the number or size. However, I do understand where you are coming from, at first I was shocked by my wedding dress size. Also, one of my bridesmaids who is normally a size 2/4 ordered a size 10 Maggy London dress the other day. Freaked her right out :-)!

Post # 6
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838 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Haha i felt the same way!

Post # 7
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4001 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Wedding dresses are always way bigger than the street size!  Don’t worry about a thing!  I bet you look great the way you are but lose some weight if it will make you feel that much better on your day.  That’s what I’m doing!  Just for a lil confidence boost, I don’t want to change my whole appearance.

Post # 8
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4467 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Do not sweat about this.  I am a street size 6-8 and my wedding dress is a 12.  The sizing is beyond bizarre.

Post # 9
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654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

All designers have their own size system going on, ive heard that they run kind of small so that you have to order a bigger size? Im 5’4 and i weigh about 120 to 121. But I have thighs of doom, like HUGE BUTT and HUGE thighs. But Im a size 1 in davids bridal? That doesnt make sense. some brands run big and others small.

Post # 10
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134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I had the same reaction to the double digit wedding dress sizes 🙂 hang in there and remember that each designer has their own quirky sizes and it only matters HOW YOU FEEL in a dress, not what size it is!

Post # 11
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130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I agree with Ribbons, everyone goes up at least a size in wedding dresses. If it still upsets you, just cut the tag out from the inside, you will be the only one who ever knew what size it was.

Post # 12
Hostess
18623 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I had a wedding dress size a lot larger than I normally wear too.  I have heard that they go with European sizing and that the sizing in the US has actually been skewed to make people feel better by having a smaller size.

Post # 14
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240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would also point out that size varies by designer as well. I was recently in a wedding as a bridesmaid and ordered a size 6 in Alfred Angelo for the dress. When I ordered my wedding gown, Amy Kuschel, they ordered me a size 4. Normally I wear a size 2 in street clothes.

Did it sting a little to have them order me a 6 for the Alfred Angelo dress – yup! But I keep telling myself it is better to be healthy than be able to order a dress in a size 2.

Post # 14
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89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Yeah do not stress about this at all…I am usually a 4/6 but my dress is an 8 and it is TIGHT!!!!! haha

Post # 15
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224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Hold on – no freaking out!!!

Wedding dresses are still sized in the 1940’s scale.  They are 2 sizes smaller than what the labels in our clothes say.  So an 8 in regular clothes is a 12 in a wedding dress. 

From weddingchannel.com –

 “Wedding dress  sizing dates back to a standard developed during World War II, when the same sizing standard was used for all clothing. As women’s bodies changed, what was considered an 8 then would be closer to a 0 now, though most wedding dress sizes stayed the same. Therefore, don’t be alarmed if your wedding dress is “off” by as many as three sizes from your usual one.

On top of wedding dress sizes already being different (and “smaller”) than regular ones, each gown manufacturer has its own measurement chart, and this is what the store will use to determine your size. A knowledgeable store will know how a particular designer’s gowns are supposed to fit. Ask to see the sizing chart so you can have a better understanding of the way it works. And make sure the correct size gets ordered, using your largest measurement as a guide.”

Lose weight if you really feel you must, but DON’T do it because of the number on a little tag!!! 

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