So much of what we do here has nothing to do with wedding dresses. And I know, you’re probably asking yourself “but you do sell wedding dresses, right?” and yes, we do! But, that is what we do, it isn’t all we are or all we believe! We want to promote body positivity and are lucky enough to be able to use our own employees to showcase that your body is beautiful exactly as it is, today.
We took one of our favorite dresses from Essense of Australia – D2698 – and put it on Alex, Gabi and myself, Autumn. I like to tell you what each person’s bridal size is just to give you frame of reference. If you know anything about bridal sizing, you know how crazy it is and a good rule of thumb is to take your normal street clothes size and add 2 sizes and you’ll get your general bridal size. It’s not a hard and fast rule, but more of an overall guideline!
When you find your dress, we will take measurements at your bust, waist and hip. This helps guide us to the size that will best fit your frame. Alterations are always to be expected but our hope and goal is that you need as little alterations as possible! There are other factors that help us determine the best size for you: shape of wedding dress, material of dress, whether or not the bodice is unlined, height of bride, etc. There are so many more things we take into consideration besides 3 measurements!
Alex is a bridal size 6/8 and has an athletic figure! She enjoys running and has a lean physique!
Gabi is a bridal size 8/10 and has a true hourglass figure! When you have an hourglass figure, you may find you wear a smaller size in ballgowns than you do in a fitted dress. This is true for Gabi – she’s more of an 8 in ballgowns and a 10 in fitted wedding dresses!
I am a bridal size 22 and have an apple shape. This means I carry the majority of my weight in my midsection! I also have a shorter torso so that means the distance from the top of the dress to my shoulders/neck is smaller than Gabi or Alex’s. There is absolutely no right or wrong answer here! I think this just goes to show that a beautiful wedding dress will look great on a range of figures!
This is an amazing dress and looks incredible on so many different body types! If you’ve ever thought “well, I can’t pull of that dress because I look nothing like the model”, we are here to show you that you 100% can pull of that dress! If you love a dress, don’t let some article you read on the “top wedding dress shapes for your figure” derail your desires. Not every ballgown is created the same so just because you’re 5’0″ doesn’t mean you can’t wear the cupcake dress of your dreams. It’s all about proportion and fit 🙂