(Closed) Tall Bridesmaids…. and short dresses.

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2765 posts
Sugar bee

Maybe they could wear different dresses, but from the same designer and in the same color/materials?  That way they would match somewhat, but could still pick designs which flatter their individual figures…

Post # 4
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

maybe since the "odd one out" is your Maid/Matron of Honor, she could wear a different dress. my sister is my Maid/Matron of Honor and i’m having her wear a different dress but with the same color scheme as my other BMs.

Post # 5
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I agree with Miss Texas.  If you are okay with it, I think the best option would be for her to wear a different dress.  I don’t think the dresses get longer as the size goes up. If they do, I’m pretty sure it is a negligable amount. 

Post # 6
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Most clothing manufacturers assume that larger sizes trend with taller people, so very likely the larger size will be longer, but I don’t know about a few inches.  I’m short and most Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses don’t come in petite, so most of the dresses I’ve worn hit lower on the leg than everyone else’s.  I don’t think it’s ended up being that noticeable, but if this will bother you you might look into a different dress.  Of course, since it’s your Maid/Matron of Honor maybe it won’t matter so much if she’s slightly different.

Post # 7
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I am 5’11", and I only wish things got longer the bigger the size is. I generally find that there is a small difference in length but not much – I have to buy the "tall/long" sizes of things to get any sort of considerable extra length.

 Would you be okay with having the shorter girls having the dress above their knees as well so they’d all be the same length? I have to say, as a tall girl, I just expect things will be much shorter on me than anyone else and am totally fine with that, I don’t think people will notice as you might think.

Post # 8
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Also, I recently got an Alfred Angelo bridesmaid dress, and was able to order it in extra length – they may do that for the gown you’re looking at too, even though it’s not a floor length dress. It’s definitely worth asking!

Post # 9
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

My sister is 6’0", and I was lucky that the tea length dress they got fell just in the right spot on her. All my other girls have to get their’s hemmed up.  I would try to go with a tea length dress for your Maid/Matron of Honor, they are longer than a normal cocktail dress and would probably fall in about the same spot as the cocktail on the shorter girls. Hope this helps!

Post # 10
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Most dresses only get longer by a quarter to a half inch in length for each size increase, so if there’s a drastic height difference, you could either see about having your shorter maids’ dresses hemmed (it sounds like the hems are hitting in the wrong place for that particular dress right now anyway) to be similar in length to the MOH’s or put your Maid/Matron of Honor in a different dress that’s more befitting of her height. If the proper size gown is going to hit your Maid/Matron of Honor so high that she looks more prepared for walking the red light district than walking down the aisle, I’d say you might want to find something else for her (maybe something in a tea length?).

I’d recommend taking your Maid/Matron of Honor with you if you can and asking the salesperson at your bridal salon to show you the size chart for the dress in question. Measure your MOH’s size, and check where the length measurement is going to fall on her. Then, decide accordingly. 

Post # 11
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall

I’m 5’10", and I will tell you that it’s very hard to find short dresses that don’t look ill-fitting. They’re often short in the shoulder-to-waist, which makes it look like it was a dress I bought when I was younger and shorter, then grew out of it. If this is the case with your bm dresses, and your tall Maid/Matron of Honor has to stand there next to 4 shorter girls who fit in the dress correctly, she will look odd and may be uncomfortable. If the dress can’t be altered to fit her better, I’d go with the suggestions of other posters and let her wear a slightly different dress, since she’s the Maid/Matron of Honor after all – it won’t look weird.

Post # 12
1813 posts
Buzzing bee

just have her get a full length dress then hem it

Post # 13
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I have the same issue-all of my bridesmaids are 5’6  and under and only one of them is 5’10 and very self-concious of her height (which everyone else thinks she is gorgeous and should be proud of her height..but you know everyone is different in their thoughts!)

They will all be wearing the same dress from Bill Levkoff. I want the dresses to be "tea-length" and to my surprise this tea length dress practically goes to all of my bridesmaids ankles except the 5’10 girl. So we all decided to order the dress-because it is super cute and flattering-and everyone is going to have it altered to be tea length. We are taking the alterations to a small shop..NOT THE BRIDAL SHOP..that charges waaaaay too much for a simple alter. The alterations will cost about $20 which works out perfectly because we opted to go for this BL Bridesmaid or Best Man dress that was $50 less then the original Bridesmaid or Best Man dress we all had picked out.

Maybe you could arrange something like that!

Good luck!

Post # 14
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Bernardo Winery

My BMs are 5’2", 5’8" and 6’1" and they are all wearing the same dress by After Six. You can order any AS dress with extra length, but it turns out the shortest Bridesmaid or Best Man will probably have to get her’s shortened. They also have a lot of their dresses in the same fabric – so you could do what Mrs Bee suggested 🙂 Good Luck.

Post # 15
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I have everything from a boy-figure to a plus size, an athletic frame, and a BUSTY petite girl…  I went with mrs bee’s suggestion and picked 1 company, 1 color, and told them to pick their dress.  That way they were able to choose what type of dress they liked, and what would look best on them.

Post # 16
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

As a tall girl (5’11") I can tell you I’ve always had to order extra length on bridesmaid dresses… and even for my wedding dress!  They should be able to get extra length on the original dress if its what you have your heart set on, and then get it tailored to the right length for your MOH! 

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