(Closed) Advice for long distance BM dress ordering

posted 7 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

@jennyDtobe:  I have a Bridesmaid or Best Man in Japan with a similar issue.  Her bust and hips measured around a size 8, but her waist was a size 12 or 14.  The store said the measurements couldn’t be right, but my friend assured me they were.  My friend then asked me to order her an 8, and she said she would try to lose weight.  I really thought I should order something larger – either a 10 or 12 so that the waist could be let out just a little and/or the bust and hips could be taken in – but she said she really wanted an 8.  :-   I don’t know yet how it will turn out, but I can let you know in four months…

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@jennyDtobe: Did she do the measurements herself or at a dress shop?

Post # 5
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Worker bee

I had my measurements taken a year ago for a bridesmaid dress, and they told me I needed a size 20 (I usually wear about a 14).  The dress was GIGANTIC and I ended up having a tailor take in 6 inches in circumference.  Honestly, I wish the dress shop had let me just order a size 16 (one size up, which is pretty standard for formal wear), which would have fit perfectly.

I would perhaps do some research about the brand/style of dress you are buying- does this designer usually run small?  Is the dress a forgiving cut?  Could you ask to see samples of different sizes to judge?  This might help prevent some alteration disasters later! 

Post # 6
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1199 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I was just talking about this with one of my BMs.  While she is not overseas, she is Out of Town and I want to order all of the dresses together so she gave me her measurements.  Based on the size chart, she’d be getting a 16, which is about 4 sizes bigger than her ‘normal’ size (though she does have a larger bust).  She got measured at a shop near her.  When I go to order the rest of the dresses with my other girls, I will confirm my last girl’s size but it seems so odd…I know she will need to get it taken in (for all the measurements).

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

@jennyDtobe:  I feel you on having little to no time for alterations.  My Japanese bridesmaid won’t get here until four days before the wedding.

Post # 10
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237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I have the same issue with my Maid/Matron of Honor. She was measured by Afred Angelo and measurements sent here. They ordered much larger because they order by waist or hips?

Post # 11
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145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’d say dont let them talk you into ordering up too high. The same thing happened to me, I was ordering Bridesmaid or Best Man dress for friends wedding gave my exact measurements, and she said Ok, that “- ” size. I was like, WHAT? I never wear that size, thats 3 sizes up for me. She assured me it would fit, or at the worst it would be tiny bit big, but better to be big than too small, as the wedding was 8 mos away. Well, I got it and it was at least 4 sizes too big! (Im a street size 2/4, mostly b/c hip measurement, but they ordered an 8!!!!)

Post # 12
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Newbee

I’m rather busty as well, and I’ve had this experience.  I wear a size 4 or 6 for normal clothes, but my Alfred Angelo Bridesmaid or Best Man dress last year was a size 8 and my David’s Bridal Bridesmaid or Best Man dress I just picked up is a size 10.  My wedding dress was also a size 10.  They all fit well except they are all too long (I’m 5’4”)- the only alterations I needed/need were hems and shortened straps.  It probably helped that the sillhouette of all of the dresses (A-line with corset tops) matches my figure closely.

So they might actually be right, though I would check.  Maybe you could go to a store and look at a size 20 dress in person, and see how it compares to a mental image of your BM?

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