Petite bride needs advice on dress please!! (Pics appreciated)

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 16
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’m bigger than you, but I’m still pretty small. About a size 2/3. I didn’t experience the clips, I went to 2 places and both gave me dresses to try on in my own size. I didn’t like ball gowns, but that’s a personal taste thing. A lot of smaller girls look really cute in them. I ended up with a mermaid style. It makes me feel curvy, I love it!


Post # 17
322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Such good questions! I’m 5’3″ and didn’t think much about my height during the fittings, as I knew that can be altered easily. As usual, always need to shorten things when you’re a shortie ๐Ÿ˜‰ I wasn’t prepared for how heavy many dresses are, how itchy they are, and how hot you get. So be open minded on this and don’t let it get you down. Many dresses won’t feel right, they will feel bulky, they will be hard to walk in. The clips, if anything help, you get a sense of how the fit will work on your body, and they are not too bothersome, just don’t try to sit down or like me, you might find you sit with a clip centered up your butt! Ha, that was actually quite funny, as I sat down and quickly sprung up the faces on the ladies working there was hilarious! They were like ‘nooooooo!’. But you will also find dreses that are lightweight and feel so effortless! Just try heaps on and give feedback on what you aren’t liking with the dress.

Post # 18
3452 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

I didn’t like dress shopping at ALL but please don’t let this discourage you as many petite ladies find the experience enjoyable, I’m simply sharing. I felt like a little girl playing dress up. Nothing felt right, everything was super long trailing on the floor (as expected), clips didn’t give me any encouragement and even a couple dresses I *thought* would be light felt heavy and bulky. Especially in the chest area. Like there was extra fabric and unnecessary padding. ๐Ÿ˜ง Bring plenty of patience! I’m 5’2 and 145lbs but its mainly in my hips and rear. 36-28-44. So from the waist up I fit a bridal size 6-8 but to get it past my thighs I had to try on sizes 12-14. ๐Ÿ˜‹ Good times, not. Having a dress made to my exact measurements instead but I’m sure it’ll work out ok for you. Patience is key, I don’t have much in general. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 19
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I definitely felt like certain styles of gowns swallowed me up. 

The clips didn’t really do a good job on dresses with sleeves and illusion necklines. Even though the bodice fit well, the sleeves would still looked baggy on me which made the dresses look matronly and the illusion neckline wouldn’t align correctly because it wasn’t the right size. The Watters sample dresses (Persiphone, Seaton, etc..) looked awful on me.

The dresses I felt the best in were ones with a more fitted bodice, sheath, and trumpet dresses. Good luck on your dress journey!

Post # 20
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

somathemagical :  girl I’m 5’7 135 lbs toned body and most samples swallowed ME! So don’t take that personally ๐Ÿ˜Š


I dont have much personal advice in the style department for petite girls, but I have noticed that strapless dresses look the best for your body type. 


Best of luck! I’m sure you’ll find a dress that looks beautiful on you 

Post # 22
29 posts
  • Wedding: December 2016

Hi, i am really interested in your experiences. I am starting to look for a dress, but i am 5´2 and just over 90lbs and i am really ancious that it won´t be a nice experience and that i am really sad and frustrated after the dress shopping because nothing will fit and my imagination won´t work because everything will be way too big.

Can anybody recommend a good designer for petite wedding dresses?

I am in love with mermaid wedding dresses, do you think that such a style would suit a small bride with curves but rather small boobs?

Post # 23
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

somathemagical :  I am about your height and weight. Just a little taller at 5’2 and 106 lbs. I’m more curvy than athletic though. The clips aren’t distracting at all. I tried on all styles, but most styles felt like they swallowed me and just as you said I felt like I was playing dress up. I went with a sheath dress with a dramatic back, and alterations were a lot around $600 that was due mostly to the length needing to be altered the bottom had a very detailed lace hem and lace appliqués which needed to be taken off and then sewed back on so it was very labor intensive. 

Post # 24
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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–

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And, this dress was the winner:

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– how much did alterations cost once you found the one?

My dress hasn’t arrived yet, so I’m not sure!

Post # 25
2499 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I’m 5’2″ and 97 lbs and always knew I wanted a sheath.  My alterations were around $700.  I had extensive work done including hemming the scalloped lace and modifying the keyhole back to open back…

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