Find Petite Wedding Dresses For The Petite Bride

If you are a petite bride you no doubt have found it hard to find petite wedding dresses. Most wedding gown designers don't offer the option of petite sizes. But there are a few who do. Here are some questions you may have...

  • What options are available to you when it comes to petite wedding dreses?
  • If you choose a standard size wedding dress... what should you look for in terms of design for a more flattering fit and to keep down your alterations costs?

These questions and more will be answered below...

When A Petite Wedding Gown Is Not An Option...

anjolique petite wedding dress

Petite wedding dresses are not easy to find, but it is possible! Knowing which wedding dress designers cut their gowns with the petite bride in mind, can save you money and time!

Most brides who are short, usually order a standard size and then have extensive alterations done to cut the gown down to size. The biggest alteration job and the most expensive is the hem. Most designers make their gowns to fit a woman who is about 5' 8" in height in at least 2" heels.

So if you are 5' 4 in height or shorter... the average amount that has to be shortened on a bridal gown is 5-6 inches. But I have seen as much as 12 inches taken off the bottom. What does this do to the dress design?

For a sheath dress, ball gown or wide A-line wedding dress you don't notice much of a difference in the design when you cut off a substantial amount off of the hem.

But if you choose a medium to narrow A-line, a trumpet style or mermaid wedding dress... you end up cutting part of the width away at the hemline. For these styles, it can change the whole look of the gown to one that might not be as pleasing.

One thing I suggest you do is to wear as high of a heel as you can possibly wear. This will keep from having to cut off too much of the hem in order to keep the gown design looking proportionate on you.

So where can you find petite wedding dresses for short women?

Wedding Dress Designers For Petite Brides

There are wedding dress designers who offer petite sizes in their bridal collections. Some will allow you to order any style gown in their collection in a petite size. Some bridal gown designers only make certain wedding gown styles in petite sizing.

When you can, you should buy a petite size wedding dress if you fall in this size range for a couple of reasons:

  1. You can save money on alterations.

  2. Your dress will be cut to your shorter proportions in other areas of the body other than just the length.

Since shortening the hem of a wedding gown is the most expensive alteration, you can save money if you get a petite size wedding gown. They are cut shorter than standard sizing by about 4" to 5".

Also, the torso lengths for a petite woman are shorter. Wedding gown designers know this and therefore they shorten the bodice lengths and sleeve lengths for petite bridal gowns. How does this help you?

Well when it comes to the bodice length... if you are short waisted; when you try on dresses cut to standard proportions, you will see a lengthwise fold forming across the front and/or back of the gown at the waist level. Depending on the design of the dress, sometimes you can alter this out. But in most cases you can't alter for this problem. A petite wedding dress though, will be cut shorter in the torso area.

So when you have the opportunity to get a petite bridal dress... to achieve the best look and fit... do yourself a favor and buy your gown in a petite size!

Here is a list of a few wedding dress designers I found who make petite wedding dresses to accommodate the short bride:

  • Anjolique Bridal
  • Venus Bridal Dresses
  • David's Bridal

Anjolique Bridal Gowns can be ordered in petite sizes ranging from 2P to 32P according to their size chart. Their hollow to hem for petite wedding dresses range from 55" to 57". It appears that you can order any gown style in petite sizes, but check with your local bridal store retailer to make sure. And it also seems that this designer will cut the shorter proportions for plus sizes.

Petite size wedding dresses can be ordered through Venus Bridal Gowns in sizes P3 to P17. I am not sure how they came up with these sizes but when you look at their size chart, you will see that size P3 corresponds to a size 2 with a 32" bust measurement. The sizes go up to a P17 which corresponds to a size 16 with a 41" bust measurement.

David's Bridal carry some of their styles in petite sizes. Click here to see David's Bridal Petite Gowns Online Their sizes for petites range from 0P to 16P. When you look at their online site you can see which styles are made for petite sizes. Some styles are only available online and not in the stores.

Wedding Dresses For Petite Brides
Designers That Offer Custom Length

The next list of designers don't necessarily make petite wedding dresses but...

The following designers will make changes to the hollow to hem measurements for their gowns. Some offer a set hollow to hem length and others let you choose the length. The average price for this change is about $100 to $200 additional charge. You can let the bridal shop sales person know that you want a custom length for your gown.

Make sure you are measured in the bridal shoes or a shoe about the heel height you will be wearing, to get the measurement you should order. If you order your gown online you will have to provide the information to the source you are ordering from. They can instruct you on how this is done.

Jasmine Bridal will make just about any changes that are needed to their gowns including their sizes. You can order Jasmine wedding dresses in what ever length you want. They also offer custom measurements in which your gown can be made to all of your measurements.

J Crew Wedding dresses are made in petite sizes up to size 12.

Ann Taylor makes some of their wedding gown styles in petite sizes.

Pronovias Bridal Collection gives you the option of a hollow to hem length as follows: Short 59", XS 57", XXS 55" and XXXS 53". They give you a lot options to get that hem length just right.

Maggie Sottero's Collection offers a petite hollow to hem length that would be 3" shorter than their standard length wedding gown.

Mary's Bridal offer custom lengths for some styles and not others.

Mon Cheri Wedding Gowns offers free hollow to hem lengths for these lengths only 52", 54" and 56". For custom hollow to hem changes from 1" to 6" for which there is a charge.

Casablanca Bridal Gowns offer custom hollow to hem free of charge.

Here are a few more bridal gown designer collections that offer customization that you can try:

  • Moonlight
  • Bonny
  • Davinci
  • Impression Bridal
  • Watters and Watters

So remember... Petite wedding dresses gives you a better fit than a dress made to standard measurements. You can also save money on your alterations costs.

Be aware that some styles should be ordered in a custom length. Some styles like the mermaid style wedding dress or any wedding dress with borders, or designs near the hem, should be ordered in a custom length.

I'm sure that there are other designers that carry petite sizes or offer custom length changes. As I come across them I will add them to the list. Also, you can let me know of any other designers that make petite wedding dresses you know about that you think I need to add as well.

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