(Closed) Petite Bride frustrations… help?

posted 6 years ago in Shoes
Post # 3
3691 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

You and I are around the same height.  It’s expensive to get a dress hemmed, especially if there’s lace at the bottom.  I ordered my gown with a custom hollow to hem measurement, as it was cheaper than having the dress shortened would have been.

Post # 4
1627 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have similar issues (4’11”, 32D, but size 5 feet). For an under $200 shoe selection DEFINITELY look at Nordstrom’s online selection. I just did a quick search on their site for wedges in size 4.5 and there were a ton of great shoes like what you described at a lot of price points (most were under $200, and some awesome pairs were under $100).  Zappos also has a huge selection for you (like this http://www.zappos.com/product/7921394/color/14 you could add a shoe clip if you want to have a flower decoration)

Post # 5
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have the problem where I’m just slender and small. I can barely fit into the size 2 that David’s Bridal was having me try. Plus I’m also on a very tight budget.

My dress ended up costing $380. This includes custom size, matching jacket, and shipping. I ordered off of Dressilyme.com. I haven’t recieved it yet, but I can’t wait!!! Customer service is great. They are honest and helpful. I asked which petticoat I would need and was informed that I wouldn’t need one. They’ll have them built in. I won’t even need to worry about getting a good strapless bra!

My bridesmaids are getting their dresses from there too. My Maid/Matron of Honor just got her’s a few days ago and it’s made really well. Great quality, cost her $150 for custom size dress and matching jacket.

Post # 7
887 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

When I was getting married, one of the bridal shops had a specific “petite” line. These dresses were actually the right length when I tried them on in store and the waist line actually fell proportionally where it should have. They seemed reasonably priced, as well. I hemmed my own dress to save money, but I definitely would not recommend that. As for shoes…have you tried checking the kids section? I’ve purchased a couple pairs of shoes in Girls size 3 or 4 and had them fit really well. They were also cheaper, since they were kids. Eh, just some suggestions. Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Definitely check out Zappos.com for shoes!  They have a lot of shoes for relatively reasonable prices!  I found a few…what do you think of any of these?


http://www.zappos.com/product/7894595/color/327612 (these are a little more expensive, but aren’t they freaking cute?)


I was a petite bride as well, and I know what you mean, it’s SUPER hard to deal with.  The dress hemming thing was my biggest roadblock, so if you’re past that, I think that you’re golden!!!  ๐Ÿ™‚  I kept picking dresses with pretty details around the bottom, which, of course, would be immediately cut off.  It’s super frustrating, but you’ll find something!  Also, check out the clearance racks at any big shoe stores…you can find really unique things in smaller sizes!


Post # 10
803 posts
Busy bee













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Post # 11
413 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Hi Ladies-


I’m a wholesaler that frequents the gown classified boards ๐Ÿ™‚  I’ve just come across two very tiny, very petite gowns that were accidentally cut too short by the designers. If you ever wondered what happens to a custom length gown that comes in wrong….well….alot of times they end up with me!

These two gowns are lace mermaid styles, and are for a bride who is AT MOST 5’0. If you are interested in seeing them, just send me a message. These are brand new dresses, and will be selling for less than $250 each.



Post # 12
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My Maid/Matron of Honor wears size 5.5, so she often gets her shoes in the children’s section when she can’t find them in the women’s section.

I’m 5’1 and a 34D. David’s Bridal carries a petite line, though I didn’t realize my dress came in that until after it was ordered. Luckily my seamstress did my hemming for free. For the ladies, I bought from Carnival a longline strapless bra because regular strapless just can’t seem to fight gravity for very long and slide down, even if I hook the bra too tight.

My problem when trying strap dress was that the neckline would be too low, so everything needed to be clipped up. The cost of hemming the dress AND fixing the straps would be a lot (and I steer cleared for lace because that costs more to hem). I didn’t know at the time my seamstress was going to do it for free, but she did say I had one of the easiest dresses ever.

This thread should be of some help: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/petite-brides-share-your-gown-1

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