(Closed) What if the bridemaid dress doesn't fit???

posted 4 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
1895 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I don’t think it could be altered… Unless there is extra material… Which dresses typically don’t have extra… She should be responsible for purchasing a new one that fits… 


but also, you might get sone drama for calling someone that is a 4/6/8 what ever size chubby.. Just a heads up

Post # 4
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@graygodess20:  Yeah, damn OP!

A 4/6 is not chubby!  What world do you live in?

Anyway, most dresses can be let out a small bit at the seam.  So that is probably an option if it comes down to it.

Post # 5
1231 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

That’s a tough situation. Talk to someone about alterations but she may need to replace the dress.

Post # 7
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Woah when did a size 4/6/8 become chubby?!?!  However, depending on how small it is, it might not be a problem.  If its close then maybe they can let it out a bit, or perhaps she can lose 5 lbs or so?

How does she feel about her dress not fitting?  Does she seem to think it will at some point? (ie with weight loss or alterations)

However, I would think it would be her responsiblity to purchase another dress, if she has to.

Post # 8
5176 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@gpiglet:  If size 6 is chubby, I must be a WHALE! 

That said – I had a friend that didn’t fit into a dress, and they were able to let it out and it fit fine. She would have to take it to a seamstress.

Also – your wedding isnt until October, so maybe by then she can get back down to a weight that would fit into the dress. I wouldn’t worry about it until you see what her body type is 8 months from now!

And – the payment should totally be on her – if you bought the first one and she told you the wrong size…that’s her problem. And if she doesn’t get it fixed…sorry, out of the wedding you go!

Post # 9
732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@KMoon5314:  +1 


“one of them is on the chubby size which is fine, I’m not going to judget her…. ” 

but you ARE judging her!  

Well compared to your friend I must be a COW but I had a similar problem with my size 10 bridesmaid dress. I usually wear a size 8 street size but ordered up and it still didn’t fit. After the tailor made me feel horribly going ON ad On about how “this dress too small” “you too big here” (pointing at my hips) he was able to fix it by letting it out at the seams. Usually you can gain an inch or two by letting it out. After getting it altered and throwing on a pair of Spanx I was fine. 

I would encourage you to ask your Bridesmaid or Best Man if she wants to go and get the dress altered or if she wants to return it for a different size.  It was super nice of you to purchase her dress, I did the same for my BMs and then just left alterations etc up to them. 

Post # 10
303 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@gpiglet:  Could you sell the dress online and buy her one in her actual size? Or contact the seller and ask for an exchange? Always better to buy bigger and take it in rather than figure out how to squeeze into something too small!

Post # 11
559 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Seriously, how is a 4/6 chubby?????? Entirely confused. 

@HourThyme:  +1, sounds like judgment to me. Could have simply said “I have a bridesmaid who is bigger than me but she ordered a size smaller than me I’m worried it will be too small” 

Post # 12
674 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@gpiglet:  Probably not what you want to hear but, if she does need a new dress, it looks like that one is on sale for $99 right now? Cheaper than the $150 you spent on the first one.. just saying, just in case!

ETA: Looks like you might be able to exchange..
“Products (excluding Made-To-Order, disposable, lingerie items, and Clearance items) with no quality-related issues may be returned for a refund or exchange by contacting Customer Service within 7 days of receiving your order. You will be responsible for all return shipping fees incurred.

For Made-To-Order clothing, if the items do not fit properly but were made accurately according to your order specifications, you are eligible for a free, one-time-only re-sizing service. You are responsible for all shipping fees incurred.”

Post # 13
1849 posts
Buzzing bee

If you are calling a size 6 chubby you ARE judging.

Your wedding isn’t til October, there is plenty of time for her to lose the weight, if she chooses to.

Post # 14
7651 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@KMoon5314:  +1 I’d kill to be a chubby size 6.

At any rate, it should be up to her then at this point to sell the dress and rebuy it if it can’t be altered since you told her several times to make sure she measures correctly.

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