Can Someone explain Wedding Dress Sizes to me??

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

David’s bridal dresses run huge! Im a size 3 but my dress is a casablanca and its a size 8!!!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

David’s is a lot closer to street size (I’m usually a 4-6ish and wear a 2 there… vanity sizing galore!), but most dress sizes will run way too small–they are sized on a different scale then we usually see. You should always ask to see the sizing chart.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

IDK.. I think it depends on the designer.  My gown in a size 8, but I’m a size 4 or 6.. depending on the cut.  I was told by different bridal places that wedding gowns are usually 2 sizes up from what you normally wear.  But again, I think it depends on the designer. I tried on a 12 with one designer and it fit, but an 8 with another desinger and that fit.. it’s crazy!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

I feel like so many bridal shops tell you that so that you order a bigger size so that they can make money on alterations. There was a bridal store who told me I needed a size 10 bridesmaid dress (I’m normally a 4). I insited on the 4, and I’m so glad I did b/c it fit me perfectly.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Who knows how the sizes work?  It changes with every store and every designer.  The one place where you can’t lie is measurements, and any bridal store should be taking those and matching it to a size chart before they order your dress for you. 

As I said in another post, wedding dresses end up being “Custom sized” anyway, as 99% of us have to get them altered in some fashion in order to fit us perfectly! 

My advice is to not look at the size, not care about the size, not worry about the size.  The dress and how it looks on YOU is most important, not what it says on a little tiny tag on the inside!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yeah, it depends on the designer.  Many designers’ sizes run small, but I think David’s Bridal runs pretty equal or a little larger than street size.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Bridal sizing is bizarre.  I think DB is a little closer to street size — I’m a dress street size 8 and I fit into a 10 at DB. 

But my wedding gown (Mon Cheri) is a 12.  I don’t pay any attention to the sizes.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

It’s really about the measurements and how they correspond to the designers’ different sizes. Biggest measurement out of chest, waist and hips wins.

If you’re a busty sized 8, you might find yourself in a size 14 or 16 dress that needs alteration if it doesn’t have a corset.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I never shopped at David’s Bridal, but I ordered a Casablanca gown.

I am a 0 in street size, and was measured to fit between a 2 and a 4, so ordered the 4.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I had an Alfred Angelo dress, size 4. I normally wear size 4 in street clothes so the sizing didn’t seem off to me.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I didn’t go to DB so I can’t weigh in there, but I have a Pronovias gown, and I think their sizing is crazy!! It’s totally anti-“vanity” sizing!

I am a 2-4 street size, and although I’m somewhat curvy, I’m not *that* curvy (at all!), and my dress is a size 10. Another dress I liked (also a Pronovias) was a size 12. My dress will need to be hemmed, but not altered in any other way to fit. It fits like a glove.

I agree with others who don’t care about the size – as long as I love the way I look in it, I don’t care that it says “10” vs. “2”.

🙂

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

It’s crazy and totally unexplainable, really!  Like, a conspiracy to make you try on even more dresses than necessary!!

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have always heard that dress sizes are always bigger than what you are! But, they should have them marked the other way so that you feel super skinny! 🙂

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