(Closed) Bridal Size Freakout

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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2716 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My pants size is about 13/14ish-I got a size 12 dress-in the store I was trying on the size 12 dresses (some were 10 & those were ok) but that fit perfectly-at least at Alfred Angelo, but it may have only been a size different other places- anyhwere from 10-14 was good to try on. I ordered the dress in a 12, it’s perfect & now I’ll be trying to lose a little weight to fit in it.

Post # 4
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5262 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

If I have it right, bridal sizing was normal sizing until America switched over to vanity sizing, so they just lowered the sizes on normal clothing, but the bridal industry never switched over. So, I am a 2-4 in street clothes, and about a 6 in wedding gowns. 

The sticker shock is awful, but just remember that no one will see it, the only important thing is that it fits you well!

Post # 5
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6593 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

If you are a 12 now they would size you for a 14-16 in the store if you were to order the dress – it is based on your measurements!

But samples that you will be trying on will be 10 or 12s and they will fit OK to give you an idea of what the dress will look like!

Good Luck and have fun!

Post # 6
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1700 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ugh – I wear a 4 in street clothes dresses, but I knew I would not be able to wear a 4 in a wedding dress. I swore up and down to the dress shop that I needed a 6, but they insisted that I measured for a 4. Yeah, well my dress came in, and it took my Maid/Matron of Honor and I like 15 minutes just to get the damn thing up over my butt!!! I’m def. gonna have to drop a few pounds right before the wedding just to make it easier to get the thing on! I’m so mad I didn’t just put my foot down and get a 6.

Post # 8
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4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I totally flipped and so did my bridesmaids!  I’m a street dress size 8 and I got a wedding dress in a 12.  I needed to get it a little bigger to fit my large chest so it’s going to have to be taken in a bit in the waist.

My BMs have all had to go 1-2 sizes up at David’s Bridal.

Post # 10
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4566 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Sigh, this is my BIGGEST stress about wedding dress shopping. I feel so lame for that, but it’s true. I don’t even want to go. I told my mom I was just going to order a dress from J. Crew and be done with it. That… didn’t make her happy!

Post # 11
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6571 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i feel that since we all know coming into it that the dress is going to have a bigger number than we’re used to, there’s no need to freak out! it’s just a number, it doesn’t mean that you gained weight in the two seconds it took you to put on the dress. all that matters is that the dress looks good on you, people aren’t going to be asking the size.

Post # 12
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3331 posts
Sugar bee

I was stressed about sizes, too.  I’m also a 12 (was more like a 14 at the time) and I was afraid that nothing would be able to fit me.  I will say that at some stores, they did have fewer options that I could actually see how they fit. They’ll clip them and everything, but with some styles, I just simply couldn’t get them on.  For example, a Bridal size 8 mermaid style just wasn’t going over my hips! 

However, I found MOST of the time, I was able to at least get the dresses on and clipped and get a good idea of the fit.  I think you will be fine!  I think most people usually end up ordering a size or two bigger in the bridal size than their usual dress size.

Post # 13
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594 posts
Busy bee

I’m a size 4 in street clothes. Most of the time. Sometimes I’ll be a 6. And at Old Navy I’m a size 0…go figure. But on average it’s a 4. I would like to tone up certain aspects of my body to look better in the gown. Especially the upper arms!

Post # 14
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493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I was freaking out about this yesterday, actually.  Also, I am heavier on top, so I know I am going to be in an even bigger gown that’s going to have to be altered.

Post # 15
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88 posts
Worker bee

The best advice my girl friends gave me before wedding gown shopping was to not care about the size.  Just care about the fit and to not freak out about whatever “number” is on the tag.  You want a gown that fits and that makes you look good and that you feel good wearing.  The “size” is irrelevant.

Post # 16
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115 posts
Blushing bee

This should not be a point of worry.  No one will know the size but you. It doesnt even matter.  The dress will be altered to fit you perfectly and wont even reflect the number.  

I didnt find any discrepency between my street size and my bridal size. 

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