Post # 1
I’m 5’2 110lbs, in typically a size 2/3 in most clothes. My consultant said wedding dresses run small and that I would be ordering likely a size 8. That seems crazy… I felt like maybe they want me to order a big size so I’ll pay for a lot for alterations, but am I wrong? Do I need a size that big? I think my best friend ordered a 8 or 10 and she’s 5’6 and 155 lbs..what size did u order and does this sound right? Thanks <3
Post # 2
It depends on the designer. In a higher end designer I could absolutly see you needing to order a size 8. Some are the same as street size and some are only a size or two different.
I bought an Essence of Australia. I typically wear a size 10/12 and ordered a 16 which fit perfectly.
Post # 3
Pronovias doesn’t even make dresses below 4 (or at least that’s what my consultant said, unless they just didn’t have my size and she lied which is possible). I think most bridal sizes run larger than street sizes if they don’t even always start at 0.
Post # 4
Dress sizes are different than street size – I am a street size 4-6 but wedding dress size 10-12. I bought a 10, corset back dress and it only needed minor alterations around my hips and I had bra cups added.
Post # 5
on average, bridal tends to run about two sizes smaller than street size. So if you’re normal a 2, in bridal you’re probably a 6. That said, just like street clothes, it varies designer to designer how their dresses run. Some might be close to your street size, and others might be even further – two sizes is just the AVERAGE.
i bought an Allure dress and am a street size 6, ordered my dress in a 10, and had the hips let out (my hips measured to right between a 10 and 12 and I decided to size down since my other measurements were spot on for a 10 and the hip was only slightly off)
Post # 6
Dresses don’t go by weight but by measurements. If you’re concerned about it, take your own measurements and look up the designers sizes. You should be able to find them online. I thought they wanted me to order a size too large because I was focused on the waist measurement. When I measured myself, I realized that it was the bust that made me move up. Maybe it was something like that?
Post # 7
Trust your consultant, she the expert.
Post # 9
Your consultant is not wrong. Most American sizes are super inflated (vanity sizing) to make people feel better about themselves, but bridal sizes are more realistic.
In American mall stores like Banana Republic or Express or Ann Taylor I am a 00 Petite, but my wedding dress size was 8. In vintage clothing I am actually a true size 4. That’s my actual real size with a 25 inch waist (I’m about 108 lbs. and 5’2″)/
My bra size is 34 C and my waist is 25 inches, so my overall bridal size had to fit my biggest measurement, which for me was my bust measurement, so for bridal I was a size 8. Don’t worry about the number…just get the dress you love and trust your seamstress to make it look fabulous.
Post # 10
- Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek
You can look up sizing charts for different designers. I normally wear a 4 (sometimes a 6), and I purchased a sie 8 dress from Morilee. It was actually a little too snug and needed to be let out about an inch in the waist, but based on the sizing chart, a 10 would have needed to be altered much more. So when you find your dress, don’t let the bridal store tell you what size to order before you check out the designer’s sizing chart.
Post # 11
I forgot to add that typically they will order to your largest measurement. So if your hips measure at a 6 but your busts measures at an 8 they will usually tell you to order an 8.
Post # 12
It really depends on the designer but wedding sizes are larger than street sizes. For example, I’m a street size 8-10 but more so 10 and my WToo dress was a size 12 and fit perfect except the bust which was taken in.
Post # 13
I was a 6/8 street size when I got married, and my dress was a 10 or 12, I forget. In a friend’s wedding when I was a 8/10 street size, my bridesmaids dress was a size 16!
Dressmakers’ sizes are larger I think because they have not changed over the years, whereas off-the-rack type stores have vanity sizing. Measure yourself and buy your dress to fit the largest dimension.
Post # 14
I’m about two sizes up in wedding dresses. I didn’t realise they did wedding dresses differently and was so deperssssd at first, I thought I’d somehow gotten bigger. Ridiculous lol
Post # 15
Did you compare your measurements to the designer’s sizing chart?