(Closed) Advice for a short bride?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1810 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Know that any dress can be shortened! I am 5’2″ and hate heels as well, I got my dress hemmed and it looked great! (IMHO that is.) Hubby is also 6’3″ so we just played a lot on our height differences.

Post # 4
27 posts
  • Wedding: May 2013

Stay away from poofy skirts if you can. I’m not very tall either and some of those gowns swallowed me up! The other thing I tried to do was avoid gowns that had horizontal ruching, ruffles, or anything else that breaks up long lines. 

Don’t worry! You have no reason to dread dress shopping, and plenty of time to figure things out. 🙂

Post # 6
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’d say to be openminded. Have an idea of what you would like but don’t be afraid to try something different. I was a petite bride too 5’1 ish. I fell in love with the dress that was a wild card pick a looked perfect.

Post # 7
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

If you don’t like to wear heels then my advice to you would be to avoid ball gowns and to go for an A-line dress or sheath.  Mermaids and trumpets can be hit or miss depending on where the “poof” area starts.  The former two are flattering on smaller people and don’t need the extra addition of heels to elongate the body.   

Definitely try on the dress OFF of the bridal salon podium to see what it’d look like without heels.  Also:  be wary of “too much” beading cause all over heavy heavy beading will be overwhelming. 

I’m about 5′ 1 1/2″  and have a ballgown.  If I wasn’t wearing 3″ heels I’d be swallowed up in tulle!!!!

Note:  If you really want to try on a ball gown, I’d do it…but I’m just cautioning you that they look best with heels!  The thing that also makes a difference is how thin your body is.  The more skinny you are, the taller you appear as it’s a optical illusion.  The only reason why the ballgown remotely works for me is because I’m built like a swizzle stick so I “look” taller than i really am.  


Post # 8
273 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My best friend is getting married and is EXACTLY your height; she went with a knee-length dress. However, you can find just about anything. Stay away from too much poof, because it’ll make you look shorter, but if something catches your eye go for it. You won’t know how it looks until you try it on.

Another thing, I’m huge. Fat, I mean. Working on it, but hey. I tried on this dress that made me look even worse… And my family was totally supportive. They blamed the dress, not my body. It helps with perspective if you don’t look at what your body is doing to the dress, but what the dress is doing to your body.

Happy hunting! =D 

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