How to Measure Yourself for a Wedding Dress

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A while back I had a reader request a post on how to measure yourself for a wedding dress. Her sister had found the perfect custom wedding dress… online. They had to send in her measurements and realized that none of them really knew how to measure a body for clothing. So, I'm here to help (and I promise – it's not hard at all). Here's my helpful tips and guidelines:

A while back I had a reader request a post on how to measure yourself for a wedding dress. Her sister had found the perfect custom wedding dress… online. They had to send in her measurements and realized that none of them really knew how to measure a body for clothing. So, I'm here to help (and I promise – it's not hard at all). Here's my helpful tips and guidelines:

How to Measure Yourself for a Wedding Dress

1. Always wear the right lingerie when getting measured. Try to make it the actual bra and panties you plan on wearing under your wedding dress. Also, try to get measured in nothing but those items. This will help ensure that you're getting the most accurate measurements for the gown you want.

2. Have someone else do the measuring and then another person write the measurements down. Then have them switch to double check the numbers.

3. Use a cloth measuring tape. This measuring device is designed to go around curves and give accurate measurements for dressmaking.

4. Keep in mind that wedding dresses are usually made one or two sizes larger than standard dress sizes. So don't be alarmed if you're measurements say that you're one size but the website says you'll need a larger dress.

5. Double check what kind of measurements the company needs. Different countries have different standards of measurements and you don't want to send in the wrong ones!

6. Don't be confused if you end up being several different sizes in the dress you want. Just go with the larger size and visit a tailor or seamstress once it comes in.

Still wondering about exactly HOW to get your measurements for a wedding dress? Here's a handy guide I found via Warehouse of Weddings:

How to Measure Yourself for a Wedding Dress

And here's a good video I found that will walk you through it:

Will any of you be ordering your wedding dress online?