(Closed) Wedding Dress Advice for Short Bride

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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804 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Perhaps a mermaid – something that’s fitted pretty low and flairs out. I’m about your height and I’m going for a tea length dress – I’m hoping it’ll help to avoid the “drowning in fabric” look – but mostly I just love the style! I think with heels you’ll be fine – just be sure to try on lots of styles cos you never know what’s going to look fantastic!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m in the same boat. My dress is 2 layers–mermaid cut inside and A-line outside with lace. I felt like I was overwhelmed by everything ball-gown I tried on. Also, I tried to avoid horizontal lines of any kind to break up the line of my body. The lace pattern on my dress is vertical so I think that helps too.

Post # 5
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639 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

i’m 5’1″ as well and I found that as much as I like ballgown style dresses, they are just too much fabric for my frame (think 1980s strawberry shortcake doll, where the doll looks like its wearing/standing in a cupcake).  I ended up with an A-line, but I tried some fit and flare styles as well that also looked good.  

Post # 6
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1638 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m also short (5’3″) and I ended up getting a A line w/a drop waist. It makes me look a lot taller and skinny!

Post # 7
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255 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m 5″2 and going for mermaid =)

Post # 8
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815 posts
Busy bee

Try to go for something that’s more form fitting, like a trumpet or mermaid style.  A ballgown can be a little too overwhelming with so much fabric! 

Post # 9
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5263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Make sure your shoulders are back (but relaxed) and your spine is straightened. Good posture goes a long way in making you look taller! 

I should know, haha, I’m an inch shorter than you. 😉

Post # 10
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1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m 5’2″ and am wearing an A-line dress.  It has a small belt at my natural waist line, so it helps to give length to the bottom of the dress.

Post # 11
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5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’m 5’0 and wearing a 2.5 inch heel.  I chose a mermaid gown. 

Post # 12
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197 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

i’m 5′ and will be wearing 4.5″ heels.  I liked the way trumpet/fit and flare dresses looked on me best. i felt like i actually looked longer. 

Post # 13
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2475 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I totally agree with the recommendations for a trumpet/mermaid dress.  I’m 5’2″ and I felt like those dresses looked best on me.  Also, I would suggest keeping the dress simple, without too much beading, etc. on it.  I think the “cleaner” looking the dress the taller it will make you look. 

I plan on wearing 3 to 4 inch heels to help in the height department also. 🙂

 

 

Post # 14
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339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think I might be the shortest here at 4’11.  I loved the mermaid dresses, but I felt that with alterations, a significant portion of the flare would be cut off, making it look different than expected.  My dress has a fitted bodice, which I think is a more flattering/lengthening fit than a ballroom style.  I believe that trumpet gowns would have a more fitted bodice. 

Also, I would suggest checking out designers that do a hallow to hem measurement so that the dress is custom fit to your exact height. Casablanca does this (no extra charge!) 

Post # 15
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3162 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

5’3″ and going with a fit and flare style.

Post # 16
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522 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m 5’0″ and I went with an A-line. I don’t think it makes me look any shorter than I usually look. I just tried on every style in the salon and that was the best way for me to see what looked best on me.

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