Post # 1
While I don’t have my exact dress picked out yet, I have it narrowed down to 3-4 dresses (all corset/tie back). At my last appointment the salon took my measurements and told me that I would probably need to order a size 6 dress. I wasn’t shocked because due to a friend who got married recently I’d learned that wedding dresses run about 2 sizes bigger than street size (I assume this is so wedding dresses are equal across the board, not just tailored to US dress size?).
Anyway, the gal gave me my measurements and gave me the measurements for dress sizes. Here are the measurements (Mine /Size 4/Size 6)
B: 33.5 / 33 / 34
W: 25 / 24.5 / 25.5
H: 35.5 / 36.5 / 37.5 (Size 2 hips would be 35.5)
So my mom and I were reveiwing the options. I’m +/- .5 inches at the bust and waist, so I was considering ordering a size 4 since there would be less alterations needed at the hips, but that is thinking that the corset in the back would be able to accomodate the difference in the waist and bust. However, I don’t know if a corset/tie up dress actually changes anything. I’m afraid to go too small, but I don’t want to go too big and have a LOT of alterations that need to be done. How much of a difference does a corset really make? Should I just go for the size six to be on the safe side? (<
after writing this all out, this is what I am seriously considering.)
Anyone in a similiar situation (or was)? What did you end up doing? How did it turn out?
Post # 3
@SakuraBlossomBee: I was in a similar situation, but didn’t have a corset back. I ended up buying the bigger size just to be on the safe side. I actually tried on my dress for the first time today and it’s great! It won’t need too many alterations and fits where it needs to.
Honestly though, if I’d had a corset back, I may have ordered the smaller size…
Post # 4
Are you worried about having too many alterations for the cost or for losing the look of the dress?
I would say order the bigger size b/c it’s easier to take in than it is to let out. I’m not sure how it works w/ the corset back, but I would say if you’re worried about having to take everything in, you can take it in 2-3 sizes without losing the look of the dress. Also, as for cost, I think it’s the same if she’s going to let it out than if she’s going to let it in.
Hopefully someone else with a corset back will have a better answer for you though. Good luck!
Post # 5
@futuremrsk18: Agree, easier to take in that let out!
Post # 6
@futuremrsk18: I would like to avoid as many alterations as possible because less alterations means less chance something can go wrong.
So I’ve been doing more reading about corset top wedding dresses, and have found many people saying corset/lace up dresses will actually fit one size larger or smaller. So a size 4 wedding dress will also fit a size 2 or size 6, and a size 6 will fit a size 4 or size 8, comfortably, though some have mentioned +/- 2 dress sizes, though they felt a little squeezed. The only thing that is different is the width of the “v” in the back. It was also mentioned that corset/lace up dresses require less alterations, in general and can accomodate weight fluctuation. Not that this information really helps all that much more.
Post # 7
@SakuraBlossomBee: I was in the middle of a 6 and 8 and the store wanted me to buy the 8. Mine was not a corset back and I decided to get the 6 and I’m glad I did. It fit great. Any bigger and the alterations would have been very expensive since the middle is a built in beaded belt. I would go with the 4.
Post # 8
I agree with PPs, it is easier to take in then let out. On another note, we are almost the same measurements (me: 33/24/35.5)!
Post # 9
@Petite_Fraise: Oh wow, yup we are pretty close in measurements! I’m really thinking that I’m going to order the size 6, but I was talking to the salon today and they said that with a corset top the .5 inches would easily be “fixed” if I were to order the size 4 gown. However, they ordered a sample dress in size 6 of my favorite dress for $25 (credit to my dress purchase) so I can try it on and see how I feel in it. If I feel it is a little big then we’ll go with the size 4, if I feel good over all in it we’ll order the size 6. They’ll also be able to give me a pretty accurate estimate on alterations once I try on the size 6 gown. All of the dresses I am looking at are drop waists so altering the hips is going to be a must!
Thank you all for the replies! Can’t wait to go in next week to try the sample on! I’ll update this thread with any information I learn, so if anyone else is in this situation it might help them out too!