Post # 1
I have a question for you ladies. I was reading another post and it got me thinking…When I ordered my dress the lady told me that she thought I should order a size 4. I let her know that I wear a 0, sometimes 00, in normal clothes, why would I wear a 4 in my dress? She said that is what I measured so it’s what she was going to order me.
Is that normal? Part of me thinks they do this so that you have to take it in and have alterations which makes them money. Or do dress sizes really differ that much from normal clothing sizes?
Post # 3
yes, it is very normal to go up 2 sizes. Most designers are on the 1950’s size chart not the modern one. I had to order 3 sizes up and it was big. They also round your mesasurements up to the next size so there is room to take in.
Post # 4
I believe they do it for the money. I’m a 4 and she ordered me a 10 and it was swimming on me!
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
They really differ that much– I’m a size 8-10 normally, so I ordered a size 12 dress, and that was still too small! And I had (unintentionally) lost a bit of weight from when I ordered my dress from when it arrived. It’s frustrating the way they do that with wedding dress sizes.
ETS: Trust me– it’s better to be too big and have to take it in, then to have it too small and have to color match to add panels!
Post # 6
My dress is 2 sizes larger than I normally wear in street clothes. I think that’s pretty normal.
Post # 7
Agree with @amandasf:
Designers (and in particular European Designers) are on a scale that is ONLY KNOWN TO THEM
Sure you may have to pay for alterations… but think of it this way. It can take weeks if not MONTHS for your dress to come in… Brides can go UP or DOWN in weight due to the Stress surrounding the Wedding. Better to have a dress too big that needs to be taken in than find yourself with one TOO SMALL… and no time left to get a replacement.
To be honest, it is what it is… just make the Alterations part of your overall Dress Budget.
Post # 8
@Birdee106: I’m normally a size zero as well – and I ended up having to order a four. I measured between a size zero and a size two on top, and a size two and a size four on bottom. I think it’s pretty normal – I wouldn’t worry about it!
Post # 9
totally normal…. bridal dresses run really small
Post # 10
Yes and no. I wear a size 12/14 and got a size 14 dress (to fit my hips). So I was pretty much right on. For some ladies they have to go up a size depending on where they carry their weight as the dress can only be so accommodating.
That being said there are boutiques that encourage brides to go up a size or two for safety sake (last minute weight gain) and the potential for alterations costs. The boutique I ordered a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress from last March did that very thing to me and my dress was enormous!
I would say shop around and see what other stores say. If they all recommend the same size then you know it is correct.
Post # 11
I’m always a 0 or 2, and my dress had to be ordered in a 10! My dress came in, and only needs to be taken in a bit at the sides. It’s pretty normal, for some reason bridal sizing is WAY off.
Post # 12
It’s normal for wedding dresses to run small but sometimes the recommendations are a little extreme, and every designer is a little different. I normally wear a 4. According to the size charts, I was between a 6 and an 8 and “should” have ordered an 8. Fortunately, my consultant had a sample in an 8 and it was too big; also my dress has a corset back so I know I have a little leeway with the fit. These things made me feel comfortable ordering a smaller size.
Basically, just be smart about it. What is the silhouette of your dress? Does it zip up or does it have a corset back? Have you been maintaining the same weight for awhile or does it tend to fluctuate? All of those things can come into play to affect the sizing.
Post # 13
Very normal. I am normally a 2 or a 4, and I had to order an 8.
Post # 14
The PP’s are right, it’s very normal. I’m a size 16 and they had to order a 24 (partially because of my enormous boobs lol). It didn’t feel great for my ego but the lady admitted their sizing was very small.
Post # 15
Yes, normal. I wear a size 4 to 6 street size and my dress is a 10.
Post # 16
@bellasperanza: I noticed this too. Wedding dress sizes make no sense. I usually wear a 4-6 and I purchased a discontinued floor sample in an 8 (it was the only size they had) at Alfred Angelos, knowing it would need alterations. It is huge and I don’t understand it. According to the AA size charts, I would need a size 8 because I have a 36 inch bust but this is about 3 inches too big. (according to their charts, my waist and hips would fit a 4 but this is a ballroom style so the only relevant measurement is the bust)
is it possible the bust measurement should be done right under the armpit instead of all the way across and the reps don’t realize this ? This could account for the bridal stores habitually ordering too large sizes.