How to Take Your Measurements
Initially, let me stress that it is best to have someone else take your measurements for you. Ideally, stop by a bridal shop or have a professional seamstress take your measurements. Taking your measurements yourself often results in inaccuracies so if you can't get to a bridal shop, ask a family member or friend to help you.
The appropiate size chart for each gown is provided on the same page as that gown.
Bridal manufacturers determine the size of their wedding gowns by using three main measurements: bust, waist and hips. When comparing your measurements to a size chart, select carefully. You typically do not wear the same size as your normal street clothes. You can expect to go up in size, normally one to two sizes. Don't worry about it. No one will know what size you choose.
Do NOT pull the tape too tightly when taking messurements. You want the messuring tape close to your body but loose and not tight.
Look carefully at the dress you are purchasing. If the dress is a Merimaid or Fit & Flare, your hip messurements will be the most important. If it is an A-line or Empire gown, your bust and waist messurements will be the most important.
All gowns will require some alterations. These gowns are made for Miss Average so they will need a nip and tuck here and there to fit you perfectly.
Bust: This is NOT your bra size and you can't guess on this. You need to take this measurement with your bra ON. Run the measuring tape around your back and bring it across the fullest part of your bust.
Waist: This is your natural waistline -- not where you wear your jeans. It is the smallest part of your waist -- typically right above your belly button While it's tempting -- Don't suck in; you want to be able to breathe on your wedding day. You cannot get a true measurement if you are wearing jeans or pants. Take them off for this measurement.
Hips: Measure the widest part of your hips -- usually about 7 inches below the natural waistline. Again, don't wear pants when taking this measurement.
While we offer this information to help in this area, we cannot choose the size for you and cannot be held responsible if you are not happy with the size you choose. Proper fit is subjective and individual -- one person may like a dress tighter than another for example.