Post # 1
So I’m getting ready to go shopping for gowns in the next few weeks and I’m making myself crazy over lengths for dresses! I’m 5’11” and I’ve never tried on a bridal gown before, but I’ve always had difficulty with long gowns- whether it was in high school for prom or one of the 7 times I’ve been a bridesmaid.
I know that many designers carry extra length in their dresses or dresses can be specially made for extra length- but I’m worried that a lot of these designers are going to be out of the budget (I want to stay below $1500). I also know, as I used to work for David’s Bridal *dodges tomatoes being thrown at her* that not all dresses are available in extra length at some places. I’m really afraid of falling in love with something that isn’t long enough and looking like I’m preparing for a flood on my wedding day! I’m also a traditional bride and I want to go long- so I’m not going to be looking at anything tea length.
So, tall brides out there- any suggestions for me? Average or shorter height brides- have you noticed dresses being on the longer side at some places.
Thanks for any words of wisdom you can give! 🙂
Post # 3
I am 5’10 and the lengths on some dresses were perfect, and some were even too long for me. You shouldn’t have a problem with the length 🙂
Post # 4
You’ll be fine. The dresses are so long. And watch if they do ask you to get extra length. My best friend is 5’10 and they told her that and she actually had to get it hemmed!
Post # 5
If you are finding dresses are too short, one designer to look at would be Casablanca. Every dress comes with a custom hollow to hem measurement. (that is the techinicall term, basically means when ordering, the length of dress is specific to you). No charge for that.
Not sure on the price point of Casablanca anymore since it’s been 5 years since I worked at my old bridal store, but 5 years ago the price point was around your budget…
Post # 6
I’m 5’10 and all of the dresses I tried on were long enough without adding extra length, even with a low heel (that I ended up not wearing).
Post # 7
I’m 5’9″ and did not have any issues with dress length being too short when I tried them on. The dress I got was from Alfred Angelo and (since I chose to wear flats instead of heels) did not need to have any extra length added or need to be hemmed. It was the perfect length. I’d suggest maybe bringing up your concerns when you go shopping. That way they are aware that you might need extra length. 🙂
Post # 8
I’m 5’11 and the dresses I tried on were perfectly long enough (and I’m pretty obsessive on making sure pants, dresses, skirts aren’t too short.) My gown is an Allure and I ordered extra length to be safe–my shoes are a higher heel than I was planning and the length is just perfect! With the extra length, I still came in at $1300 for the dress. I think you will be fine!
Post # 9
I’m 5’9″, wore heels (small ones), and still had to have it hemmed. Lots of bridal gowns run long, and some designers run particularly long. Any designers that you are looking at? I tried on tons of dresses so I might be able to tell you how they trended for each designer.
Post # 10
I think you should be ok. I’m not tall but the sample dresses were soooo long that I doubt you’d have to special order a longer length. As far as desginers within your price range I would look into Maggie Sottero, Allure, Mori Lee, and Casablanca. Good luck!
Post # 11
Thank you all for the advice!!!
My first day out I’m going to Alfred Angelo and David’s Bridal (I wasn’t going to, but I really like their new Melissa Sweet line).
One of the other bridal salons I was planning on checking out carries Allure, Casablanca, and Mori Lee and it sounds like I’ll be in good shape with them if I don’t have any luck on the first day out!
My Fiance is 6’4″, so I was hoping to wear a small heel. It sounds like I’ll be able to do that with most places.
Post # 12
Hey there…. I’m 5’10” and have tried on about +/- 18 dresses so hopefully the following will be useful. In my honest opinion the number 1 factor that you need to consider is whether or not you want to wear heels. At my given height, most dress were the perfect length, but considering my 3.5″ heels half of my dress options quickly became an 1-2″ too short. The standard Hope This Helps mesurment for bridal is between 58″-59″. There are a few exceptions like the Pronovias Bridal family (San Patrick, La Sposa) with standard Hope This Helps is 61″-62″. Extra length is typically 5″ and will cost +/- 150. Custom Hope This Helps is +/- $300 and a good option only if you know the exact shoes height you will be wearing, otherwise you may incur additional cost to have the dress hemmed if you go with a different shoe height. Also dependent on the dress i.e. if it has layers, your seamstress can lower the layers to achieve a desired length which is a good option if it’s the difference of an +/- 1″.
I wouldn’t worry about it too much, just keep thses factors in mind… Happy shopping!
Post # 13
You’ll be fine! I’m your height, and while, sure, there were some I tried on that weren’t long enough, by and large they were plenty long, even too long at times, or long enough that I could wear heels.
The make dresses with the intent that brides will need to have them hemmed to the right height, so us tall brides tend to make out pretty well.
Sigh…if only all clothes were made in the same way.
Post # 14
I’m 6’0″ and didn’t run into a problem either as PPs have stated. I ended up buying my dress from Nicole Miller and it was so long that it had to be hemmed even with a short heel. You really shouldn’t have to worry! The only salon that I went to that made me feel like I needed to purchase extra length was Kleinfeld’s.
As a PP said, Pronovias dresses have a longer length as well and I found that was true when I went to the flagship.
Post # 15
- Wedding: May 2012 - Salvage One, Chicago
I’m 5’10 and wore 3.5″ heels for the wedding, and I did go with getting extra length on my dress, although, in hindsight, they still did have to hem the front a bit. I didn’t mind because the extra length made my puddle train a bit longer, so that’s something to consider- if you want to amp up the train a little, extra length would accomplish that, too.
Oh- the amount of hemming also depends on what type of floor you’ll be on! If you’re on carpet primarily, the front hem of the dress will be a little shorter, so it doesn’t catch. Outside/grass goes up a little more, and hardwood floors the hem will be closest to the floor. That’s a lot to think about now, but if you know your venue this might help!
Post # 16
I am 5’10” and you will not have any problems most designers cut them at 61inches which is more than enough fabric. If there are some designers that dont think about the tall bride it is their loss. There are so many that do and you will definitely find what you are looking for.