(Closed) Little bride, big dress?

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1223 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think that dress is beautiful!  It doesn’t seem like it has too much poof, so I think your small frame would be able to pull it off.  Also, remember your dress will have a lot less fabric since the samples have to be huge on you!  Shoot, many were too big on me, and I am 5 inches taller than you and 30 lbs heavier!

Post # 4
471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

That dress is a stunner!

It will be hard to get “the look” from just having a sample dress clipped when you’re so petite. You might consider seeing if someone from the shop’s alterations department could come talk to you while you’re trying it on, maybe put in a few pins in various places so it’s not just all smooshed up in the back like clipping is. Clips just crank all the extra fabric around behind you, pinning it in the places where the dress will actually be smaller could help a lot more.

When I was trying on my dress before I bought it, the store’s alterations manager came out to see me and show me what they could do to make the decorative bottom of the skirt (made for a 6′ tall girl!) work for me (5’3″). I felt much better seeing it pinned up, and I bought it!

Post # 6
1136 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

That dress is beautiful! I’m about 5’2″ (5’2.5″) also, and I would definitely go for it. The skirt is very flowy and light (in appearance), so I think that will prevent it from seeming to “swallow you whole”. 

Post # 7
1379 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I am your same size. Trying on dresses was a little stressful and I had to use my imagination. And I STILL picked a big dress even though I am tiny….

Even bigger petticoat

I stress about it still because I am not getting it fitted for another couple months so it doesn’t fit perfectly. Everyone on here keeps telling me it will be fine. I say go for what you really want. Once it comes in , in your size it won’t feel so big and awkward.

Post # 8
1741 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@rachelmichelle:  You’ll be fine!  I am close to your size.


Sample (clipped) – size 10:



My dress (unaltered and still too big in the bodice) – size 0:



I love Watters Sydney, btw!  Remember that you can always have some of the crinoline removed if it’s still too poofy for you in your size.

Post # 10
341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m petite like you, and I actually tried on the Watters Sydney dress. In fact, it was one of my top contenders! The sample I tried on was around a 12, and even with it being bigger I didn’t think it was too poofy at all. It was a beautiful dress.

I will say that for most samples, you just aren’t going to get a real idea of what the actual dress will look like in your size. I was actually almost disappointed when my dress came in. I felt like the larger size of the sample made me think my dress would be a bit flowier than what it is. I still love my dress, but had I been able to try it on in my actual size, I’m not sure it would have been the one I chose.

Me in the sample:

My actual dress

Post # 12
448 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think you’ll look great, and I LOVE that dress. It’s one I want to try on!

Post # 14
688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999


@rachelmichelle:  hi! i know this post is awhile ago. i’m 5’1 and a few πŸ™‚ and i’m 98 lbs too πŸ™‚ i thought that the ball gowns and a-line made my waist tinier πŸ™‚ but it was too much for me but for example, this dress was a 12 as well and they clipped it really good and you can imagine that it’d look like that with the neckline a little lower when it comes in my size which is a 0-2. i found that mermaids made me lose my curves *what curves i have* and made me look straight vertically and if the proportions aren’t right—it’ll make me look shorter than 5’1.


i think you’d look totally fab!

Post # 15
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Hi fellow Orlando bee! πŸ™‚ 

I am like you…a tiny bride who thought she wanted mermaid but then ended up stearing away from it in the end. I fell in love with and bought a Maggie Sottero Jenna: 

For me, it was the perfect compromise between form fitting and a ‘bigger’ princess look πŸ™‚ It’s a full A line with a sweartheart neckline. Luckily the store had a 6 that I could try on so it wasn’t TOO big, but I have definitely been in plenty of bigger sizes and it was so hard trying to tell if it would fit me right! Did you end up finding your dress yet?? 

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