(Closed) Petite Brides

posted 12 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
97 posts
Worker bee

I’m 5″1 and 95 lbs. I had a really hard time finding a dress. I ordered a dress from the David’s Bridal petite line, and it was still way too long. I really wanted a ball gown, but everyone I tried on was way too heavy for me to be able to move around in all night. I bought a dress that I really like, and that is a ball gown, but is extremely light weight. The only problem is is that the top of the dress comes up into my armpitts. My alterations lady said that it is completely normal and that when I’m wearing my wedding dress I have to have my shoulders back the entire time. If I don’t, I get arm rolls! I’m not very happy at all, and have already spent almost 400 dollars in alterations. I want to feel comfortable in my dress, and definately not self conscious. Does anyone have any suggestions? They would be greatly appreciated since I’m going to what’s supposed to be my final fitting tomorrow!! Good Luck to you, and Bees can you help me?? Here’s my dress.


Post # 18
499 posts
Helper bee

I would definitely go with an A-line dress.  You won’t go wrong because it will help to make you look taller.  I wore one on the day of the wedding and didn’t really have to wear heels that were too high because the dress really elongated my body.

Post # 19
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m a petite bride. I discovered that an A-line dress is the most flattering or a modified A-line dress flatters us best.

Post # 20
1596 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I am 5ft and 110 pounds and I am wearing this dress, It doesn’t swamp me and shows of my figure [attachment=531670,69822]

Post # 21
1404 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I bought a dress in a petite size.  I don’t usually think of myself as being that petite, I’m kind of on the border between petite and average (I’m 5’4”).  I think that when you are short you want to stay away from dresses that can make you feel like you are drowning.  I stayed far far away from A-lines and Princess gowns.  I really liked sheath dresses, mermaids, or trumpets.  If you go to my gallery you can see pics of me in my petite sized Maggie Sottero Philippa gown.


Post # 22
41 posts
  • Wedding: August 2010


hhcheung2000- your dress looks great on you!  I’m about the same size as you.  I really like the look of lace and typically the hemming on those aren’t easy.  Great to know that Casablanca is made to order for your size.


Post # 23
499 posts
Helper bee

I probably went to about a dozen or so bridal boutiques before I found out that Casablanca has dresses for petite figures. 

Post # 24
1037 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I had a Casabanca. (1906) Im 5’2 and about 140 pounds. I’m long torsoed even though I’m short so drop waists were out, I’d look like I had no legs. My salon charged me the same price to order a custom hem on my gown as without the custom hem.

Post # 25
14 posts
  • Wedding: March 2011

Hi all

I am 5’3″ and 115 lbs and ordered the Maggie Sottero Phillipa in the 3″ shorter length and now I am nervous that it will come in too short for a 3 or 4 inch heel. My fiance is 6’3″ so I want to get a little height. Please tell me if you did the same and how it worked out. Thanks!

Post # 26
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

a-line is flattering for almost everyone. Standing at 4ft 8in and weighing- well nvm that I can defiantely symapthize. Hallow to hem has gotten popular the last 2yrs or so. So that’s one plus. At the moment I can’t think about anyone who does this but Bonny Bridal. My recomendation is finding a designer who does that. I also must say that even though I’m considerably shorter I’m not doing hallow to hem as of this vary moment. Find your size and don’t worry about heigth, because a talented seamstress will fix that with little to no problem- leaveing that coveted train as is. Thank God for talented seamstresses! Anyway the thing that you might wan to consider is that you want something that will draw your eye all the way up and lengten your body. So pretty much don’t go mermaid (I’ve seen one petite bride in it and it made her look about my height).And Empire waists are great.


Post # 27
2042 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@MrsJellyBean227 – Actually there’s a thread on mermaid dresses on petite brides :http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/trumpet-dress-on-a-vertically-challenged-bride . I was worried they wouldn’t look good on me but lots of petite girls posted fabulous pics of themselves rocking one. I wouldn’t put so much stock on what “guides” and “rules” say what each type of bride should wear. A-lines and empire waists may be good for elongating but they also hide the shape and the curves, not ideal for every bride.

Also a lot of designers will do hollow-to-hem. I’m pretty sure Maggie Sottero and Casablanca have the “petite” option. I ordered my Lazaro custom hollow-to-hem (would’ve been extra $ but was comped as part of a trunk show). So there’s several options out there for us petite girls!

Post # 28
469 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m 5’1″ but not nearly as skinny (124 this morning) and I found that the Empire waist was most elongating. I ordered a petite size Casablanca and they took my hollow-to-hem measurement as well. A petite with 3.5″ heels should be perfect. I won’t know for sure til it comes in though, which is supposed to be February 26.

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