Post # 1
im a SHORT bride to bee (4’11) and im going to begin my hunt for a dress shortly…any suggestions about whats a good style or cut for a more petite bridge.
pictures obviously welcomed 🙂
Post # 3
I am 5′ 1/2″. (You and i both know that half inch matters)
My advice is to just try EVERYTHING on. I followed all the “rules” for my height and my shape and was horrified at the dresses (I’m sorry theknot.com, you led me astray). Just when i was about to give up (i was probably a bit closer to tears than i’d like to admit) my bridal consultant took over and WOW….she knew exactly what worked. If you are really concerned, go to a smaller or botique-ish store. You’ll be able to get the attention from a consultant that will keep you from getting frustrated or discouraged.
Also, tailoring matters. If the dress is fitted properly and the right proportions, it makes all the difference.
This pic of me in my dress isn’t great. The dress isn’t my size, i’m standing on a box under the skirt, and it’s a cell phone, but you take what you can get.
Maggie Sottero “Ophelia”
Post # 4
I can’t help you because I haven’t started trying on dresses yet, but I’m 5′ and a little chubby (about 115 lbs) and so I’m scared to go try dresses on! I don’t want to look like a child bride! I’ve heard about all sorts of petite girls liking themselves in different silhouettes and hating others, so just try everything on. I’d love it if you’d keep us updated!
Post # 5
A petite dress thread was started yesterday (not sure by whom) – It already has a ton of pics.
Post # 6
There’s another thread going on with the same topic so might help to look at these 🙂 : http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/petite-girls-show-me-your-dress
I wouldn’t make too much of the height issue. There are several petite women like Eva Longoria, Kylie Minogue, Shakira, Salma Hayek that can carry all kinds of couture dresses beautifully. I think the problem with wedding dresses is that we’re made to try on samples that are made for size 10, 5’9″ girls. And even when you order in your size and possibly hollow-to-hem, I think that still doesn’t proportionately adjust the dress everywhere because they’re cutting the dress with a preset pattern. If we could get our dresses custom made by our specific body measures, I think we could carry any silhoutte including the big ballgowns and the exaggerated drop waists that people claim are no-no’s. Unfortunately if you’re not going the custom route you have to use your imagination when trying on the sample, and have a very good seamstress for alterations.
Post # 7
flipflop its gorgeous! the dress looks great despite the cell phone pic 🙂 congrats on finding it!
lily…im the exact same weight…petite in stature but not necessarily in lbs. for our height. i think ill take flipflops adivce and try on everything. everyone seems to say dont even try THIS or make sure you stay away from THAT..etcetcetc. hopefully we will find our perfect dress 🙂
tnx sarah! great minds think alike… 🙂
meliss thanks for the advice! and the thread link!
Post # 8
meliss…i just saw ur post of ur dress on the other thread…its beautiful! who makes it??
Post # 9
Thank you! It’s a Lazaro. I stll have my worries as to how the final dress will fit too, have to wait till April to see.
Post # 10
I’m 5’1 1/2 got to add the half in there lol.
Here is my dress. I have my last fitting on friday. I will post a picture with me in it 😉
I change the rouching in the front a little.
Post # 11
@ lily and missjay: I wish I could your version of chubby. I’m 5’0 as well, and.. eeeeeh.. let’s say that with the short amount of time I have left, my ultimate goal is to be your “chubby” weight.
You do gotta try every dress. Even ones that you wouldn’t have thought you like. Like flipflop, I read the knot about what to look for base on your height and shape and they didn’t work at all. I found out that mermaid/trumpet, and A-line wored the best for me. One thing definitely that didn’t work: dropped waist gowns. Being really short, having a dropped waist elongates your torso and shortens the rest of your body.
The dress i’m planning on buying is Maggie Sottero Paigely which is a modified A-line.