somathemagical : Good luck on your dress search! How fun!! I’m 5’1″ and was, like you, very nervous about finding a dress that would work for a petite figure.
– were the dress clips horribly distracting?
Actually for the most part, no! The bridal shop I went to had a range of dresses to try on that were pretty close to my size (bridal 8 I think), so a lot of the dresses only needed minimal clipping. The only ones that were distracting were the dresses that had a lot of detail where the clipping kind of affected the style.
– did it feel like the dresses swallowed you up and that you were playing dress up in cloths made for a giant?
Not at all! I ended up going to the store wearing ~4″ wedges (which is similar to what I plan on wearing on the big day), and then they had a platform for me to stand on. Yes, the dresses were still too long, but I definitely didn’t feel like I was playing dress up! I think it definitely helped a lot that the sample sizes were close to my size.
– what style looked best?
Honestly, I think this will depend more on your body type than the fact that you are petite (though certainly dresses with lots of detail at the bottom will be harder to hem). I tried on A-line, trumpet/mermaid, and ballgown, and ballgown was the (unexpected) winner for me! I thought that being short, a sleek dress would make me feel more bridal, but those dresses just didn’t work on my body.
Here are some pics of the ones I tried on–
And, this dress was the winner:
– how much did alterations cost once you found the one?
My dress hasn’t arrived yet, so I’m not sure!