(Closed) What size was your wedding dress/what size are you normally?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 166
154 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Street size 6

Bridal Gown size 12.

The difference in numbering definitely depressed me during my first dress shopping session. 

Post # 167
1111 posts
Bumble bee

Street Size 0 (if fitted at the waist) or 2/4 (if fitted through hips/thighs). Got size 10s and then paid $$$$ in alterations to have them sized down (obviously measured wrong). I had done research going into it so I knew I’d be at least a 6-8 in bridal sizes so it wasn’t too shocking. 

Post # 168
260 posts
Helper bee

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Street Size 8

Dress Size 8


they said it all depends on the designer.  mine needs 0 alterations.

Post # 169
2522 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m a street size 4-6 and I had to order a size 10.   I’m also hippy, and I had to loose a few pounds to fit in the 10.  However, I could have fit in a size 2 on top of my dress.  There were a lot of alterations involved.  At the end, it looked beauitful and fit great. 


Post # 170
1133 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I am a size 6 – 8 (depending on the month lol), and I got a size 10 bridal. I’m loosing 50lb though for the wedding, so estimating I will get down to a size 4.

Post # 171
18 posts
  • Wedding: July 2015

I’m typically a 0 and I measured between a 0-2 in bridal (my dress is a Mori Lee), so they ordered me a 2. 

Post # 172
4015 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I was actually really surprised when I bought my dress. I’m a street size 10/12 and my dress is a 12. I was fully prepared to buy a size much larger than what I normally do. 

Post # 173
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Brussels, Belgium

I’m a street size 0/2 but my dress is a 0 and a little loose in the bust. It is technically a bridesmaid’s dress if that means anything. It does seem to depend on designers though as I was looking at a Tadashi Shoji dress and was measured to a 00.

Post # 174
140 posts
Blushing bee

Australian bride here! I went with an Alfred Angelo ballgown in Cinderella 205.

In normal clothes I’m usually a AUS8-10 (US4-6) but from what I remember, American sizes tend to be more forgiving.


My wedding dress sizes.

Jadore (Australian brand) – AUS8

Mr K (Australian brand) – AUS8-10

Paco PM (Australian brand) – AUS8

Alfred Angelo – US2 Perfect fit for me with a tiny bit needed to be taken in on both sides of the bodice. The boutique recommended me go a size up to US4 incase I gain weight but it was too big and baggy on me and looks like all alterations would deform the dress, all my measurements were reading as a US2 in Alfred Angelo so I went with US2.

Maggie Sottero/Sottero and Midgley – US0-2 Dresses were gorgeous and lovely but was not within my budget.

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Post # 175
222 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Marquee - Private Property

I tried on dresses recently, and I’m an Australian size 8 on top, 10 on the bottom – which is a US size 4 on top and US 6 on the bottom. When I tried on dresses, I was an Aus 6 (US 2) in most, and went down to an Aus 4 (US 1) in one (I’m just not very busty ). I am by no means that slim in street size. I think it depends on the dress. <br /><br />Don’t stress, I wouldn’t have even known the sizes had she not said to me that I’d been size 6 in the others and she had to take it down. (I was secretly celebrating on the inside, because I would never ever need that size again hahaha)

Post # 176
1309 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: A very pretty church.

It’s probably just the experience of shopping in different countries and generally spanning different sizes depending on scale/brand/cut/garment but the only thing that really bugs me is when they don’t do my size (bras are the worst) or my length (long). The size on the tag means nothing, why get hung up on something so trivial?

I only ventured into a bridal dress shop once (UK) and it was very frustrating. I had made the appointment entirely reconciled to hearing numbers I had never heard before (outside Euro sizing of course). I was a little heavier than I am now, which would have made me about a UK 14-16 (depending on the fit)… which is the average size for a UK woman! Did they have dresses for me to try on? Did they hell! Massive waste of my time. 

The dress I bought online didn’t have size tags, just measurements, so my answer is ‘N/A’. Going off the measurements it is roughly a standard street US12/UK14/AU16 which is fine by me because it fits. I may even have it taken in closer to the date. I find the horror in this thread re the standard +2 rule of bridal sizing quite funny, that would be your AU street size if you did some shopping in Sydney, it really is just a number 😉

Post # 178
120 posts
Blushing bee

I’m a street size US 2 and my dress is a UK 6 (US 4). 

Sizing the dress down is usually not a problem. Something I would keep an eye out for are visual patterns/design details like beading that might get spaced out too much on your frame if the size is much larger than what you typically wear. 

Post # 179
269 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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cls9q :  I’m normally a size 0-2 and I ordered a bridal size 6. This is considered pretty small in bridal sizing. Yes i think your fear of numbers is trival, but respect that it is a concern. So how I suggest you think about it is this. Your dress size is one number, your pant size is another number, your bra size is another number, and now your bridal size will be just another number. I wouldn’t compare bridal dress sizes to “normal” dress sizes, just like I wouldn’t compare it to a pant size. Some companies do 25/26, some 3/5, some 4/6. I think that is a more realistic way to frame it. Saying a casual dress and a bridal dress should be the same “dress” size, is like saying a bra and a shirt shoudl be the same size because their both garments. Let go of the size, and see what you feel best in. Besides you won’t really know what size you’re getting till you already choose your dress, then they measure you and pick a size based on the designer’s size chart. 

Post # 180
2028 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Street size 0, and my dress is created custom but she measured me around a bridal size 0-2.

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