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...
These questions and more will be answered below...
When A Petite Wedding Gown Is Not An Option...
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:
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 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
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