Want to avoid unnecessary wedding stress? Then this blog post is for you!
Many women have been dreaming about their wedding since they were little girls. The ceremony, the reception, the colour scheme, the theme, and most importantly: the dress.
Can you picture your perfect dress right now? Is it a mermaid style? Does it have a sweetheart neckline? Are you a lace kind of girl, or maybe you like beading? What about bling? Is your style traditional or more modern? Whatever your perfect dress might look like, there’s often one HUGE setback for brides as they shop for their wedding dress… something that you’d probably never guess.
Do you know what that one small detail is that often derails a bridal gown appointment, causing stress, disappointment, and frustration for brides?
Yes, the size number on the dress.
It sounds silly, doesn’t it? But at Second Dance Bridal, we see it time and again.
Far too many women feel positive that they *know* their dress size. They have a number in their head, and they give that number far too much meaning. It starts to hold their sense of value and worth. They might not realize it, but trust us; that’s what starts to happen. We see it all the time and it can really derail a bridal appointment.
We’re here to tell you to get over it. 🙂 That number on your dress size is the last thing you should care about it.
Bridal Gowns Run Smaller. Full Stop.
Here’s the thing: Bridal gowns run smaller than ready-to-wear clothing that you buy for your everyday wardrobe…usually by 2 full sizes. So, while you may be a size 2 in “street size,” you may need a size 6 for your wedding dress.
It’s just a number. It doesn’t matter.
Your self-worth and attractiveness in a bridal gown is in no way affected by a number on a label that’s tucked inside of a gown. No one will ever see it.
What’s important is the way that the dress fits you, how it suits your body type, and how it makes you feel when you’re wearing it.
Do not allow a silly little number to interfere with your bridal gown shopping experience.
Nip the Shock in the Bud
We know that it can feel like a bit of a shock. Maybe you’ve been working out for weeks and making healthier choices at mealtimes, all to make sure you can fit into your wedding dress perfectly. But when you arrive at the bridal boutique and say you’re a size 10 and they bring you a size 12 or 14 gown, it can throw you off your game. Say what?!
Don’t be upset if this happens to you! That’s just how bridal gown sizing works, and the number doesn’t matter.
But the question remains…
Why do wedding dresses run smaller?
Well, there are a few different reasons, actually. Women and their body shapes have changed over the past few decades, but the sizing chart for wedding dresses has not. This discrepancy is one of the reasons why the number on your dress may be a lot different than what you’re used to wearing.
Another reason is that many fashion designers are often influenced by the European size chart, even North American designers! European sizes are already typically two sizes smaller than American sizes.
Why stress at all over something that doesn’t matter?
The number does not define you. Don’t even waste your time worrying about it! The most important aspect of choosing your wedding dress is picking one that you LOVE and that you feel beautiful and comfortable in. If that means choosing a dress that is two or three sizes up from the number you normally wear, so what?! No one will ever know that little number and it shouldn’t matter to you either.
Oh, and by the way, if you’re bringing your bridal party along with you, make sure that they understand about the sizing discrepancy too. It’ll save you a lot of hassle.
So when you put that perfect dress on, don’t focus on the number. Focus your gaze on how the dress fits you and makes you feel. The number shouldn’t even be a factor.