Sizing and Fit
We recommend our Brides compare their measurements to those of the dress they’re interested in purchasing. Bridal gowns are sized differently than your street clothes and each designer has their own size chart. Bridal gowns are made to accommodate alterations and can typically be taken in 2-4 sizes and let out 1-2 sizes (unless otherwise noted). Also, if you are greater then a C cup, note that a bigger size is better.
Bust: Fullest part of the bust, across nipple line. Be sure to keep the measuring tape parallel to the floor. Wear a bra similar to the bra you will be wearing with your dress. Put arms down by side. Never use your bra size for your bust measurement.
Waist/Natural Waist: Smallest part of the waist, usually 1 inch above navel. Hint: While standing straight up, bend to your side. The part where your waist creases is your natural waist. Mark the spot, stand up and then measure there, making sure to keep the tape measure parallel to the floor.
Hips: Fullest part of the buttocks. Stand with feet together.
Standard gown lengths are 46" from your natural waist to floor.
Once you have your Bust/Waist/Hip measurements you can easily compare them to the measurements provided with each wedding dress listing. Almost everyone will require alterations by a professional seamstress.
Also, keep in mind that bridal dresses are based off of a different size chart than your street clothes. And each wedding dress designer has their own size chart too. Do not be alarmed if you end up purchasing a dress that is larger in size than the clothes in your closet. Trust us if the number on the tag bothers you, just have your seamstress cut the tag out. ;-)
It is always better to purchase a dress that is a little bigger than one that is too small. We recommend you purchase a gown that fits your largest measurement, and have the dress taken in.