(Closed) Bought the dress but concerns about size!!!!

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

They generally order for your largest measurement, so if you’re busty, a 10 might be best?

Or they could be about to make a ton on alterations.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

You have to ignore completely your ready-to-wear size. It is completely irrelevant that you are normally a 4. Sizing is different for bridal and different designer by designer.

As for the issue with the sample being a 10, those dresses are hung up and tried on over and over. The fabric stretches a lot. They’ve pulled that dress onto women who will order 12s, 14s, 16s, and 18s. It’s no longer a 10.

Wedding dresses 99% of the time must be altered to fit and are ordered to accommodate whatever is the largest size your measurements fit. If your hips measured an 8, your waist a 6, and your bust a 10, they’d order the 10 and you’d have the seams taken in during alterations. Since alterations are priced by the seam, dart, bustle point, etc, whether they take that seam in 1/4 inch or 2 inches doesn’t affect the cost, so unless the dress is hideously big, it shouldn’t cost you more to alter it if you maybe would’ve fit in the 8 but got the 10. The cost would rise if you were multiple sizes off in all dimensions. 

ETA: if the store that measured you a 6 was DB, that’s also irrelevent. 1) Each designer’s sizing is different. 2) DB is much closer to ready-to-wear/vanity sizing than most bridal houses since they are so mass market. If you ordered a designer dress, you should expect the size to be higher. I would’ve fit in a 12 at DB but ordered an 18 for my wedding dress from Priscilla of Boston.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@mrsSonthebeach:  That’s exactly what I was going to say. The sample dresses are so stretched out they aren’t the size they say they are anymore.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@christinaval:  But if you need a 10 for another measurement, then you need the 10. Most dresses cannot be let out much and if they can, that is WAY more expensive than any taking in will be.

If you think they measured you wrong, go back and have them measure you again.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@christinaval:  Did they show you your measurements in a size book and where you fit in? What part of your body were they measuring at a 10? I am a street size 4-6 and my wedding gown is a 12.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I am so confused. No one should’ve measured you ever until you were ready to purchase a dress, so how do you know what size you were at other stores? They don’t measure you when you walk in.

When you ordered your dress, the consultant should’ve taken yoru emasurements and compared them to the designer’s size chart and chosen the size that best fit you based on your measurements. Is this what happened or not?

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Alternations will fix the length of the skirt and it’s fullness. Wedding dresses aren’t meant to fit when they arrive. They must be altered. Also, the length will probably be the same no matter the size you order. Usually the hallow-to-hem emasurement is set across all sizes and you;d have to pay extra to order the dress shorter or longer as they’d have to make a new pattern. Many designers don’t even offer that.

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