Steps in buying a wedding dress
Once you have chosen your dress, the sales assistant will need to take your measurements so that she can then order the dress in the correct size.
This can often be another potential pitfall and emotional problem for brides! However, any problems can be avoided if brides understand the process.
There is a potential conflict between the bride and sales assistant when it comes to measuring for the wedding dress.
For many brides, their dress size and weight can be an emotional topic. It really matters to them what dress size they are and just about every bride tells the sales assistant that she will lose weight before the wedding. Most brides therefore want the dress to be ordered in a smaller size.
However, the sales assistant is not emotionally involved in the bride’s dress size or weight! She does not mind what the bride’s dress size or weight is – she simply wants to order the dress in a size which can be altered to perfectly fit the bride before the wedding. The sales assistant knows that bridal gowns always come up at least one size larger than high street sizes. The sales assistant also knows that while it is always possible to take in a dress which has been ordered in a larger size, it is sometimes impossible to let out a dress which has been ordered in too small a size. An experienced and responsible sales assistant will therefore measure the bride and order the dress as the bride is today, rather than what size the bride may hope to be just before the wedding.
The sales assistant will usually take the bust, waist and hip or bottom measurement. She will then compare it to the size chart given to them by the designer, which will differ from designer to designer, and work out the dress size based on your largest measurement.
Brides can therefore avoid most or all of the emotional problems and pitfalls around measurements and wedding dress size by understanding and mentally preparing themselves before they are measured that the size of wedding dress will be at least one size above their usual high street dress size. The reason why designers and retailers do this is so that the dress can be taken in so that it fits perfectly on the wedding day.
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