Dec. 19, 2014

How To Wear Mermaid Wedding Dresses For Petite Brides

We’ve helped petite brides find dreamy ball gowns and now we’re tackling the mermaid wedding dresses. Our friend Tracy Burke from New York Bride & Groom helped us explain why petite brides can wear mermaid and trumpet wedding dresses without the dress wearing them.


On a regular day, the petite bride will arrive at New York Bride & Groom with a predetermined opinion of what she has heard about styles that look good and others that don’t. She often says the same thing, “They say I cannot wear a trumpet gown”. Who are “they” anyway? I have found that petite brides look fantastic in mermaid wedding gowns.


Last week a gorgeous 5’3 bride brought our showroom to their knees in a Justin Alexander Signature 9740 . Amazingly enough, the dress elongated her torso and added a mirage of length to her appearance. She completed the look by styling the gown with a simple chapel length veil and she looked stunning!


Brides have to remember that during the alterations process the dress becomes their own. Often times we can move the skirt starting point and raise it just a bit higher in order to create length in the torso and legs. We call this alteration a petite hem as it alters the top an and bottom of the skirt. This alteration creates the perfect proportionate balance and the skirt will start at the same point as it would on a bride who is 5’7 or taller.


Regardless if the bride is petite or not, this is just an example of why all brides must entrust their bridal gown experience to a reputable bridal salon with amazing skilled seamstresses. No matter how beautiful a dress is, and we know that the Justin Alexander team has that part figured out, a bride’s alterations are the second most important part of her gown.


If you have any doubts or questions about your wedding dress tweet them using the hashtag #AskJA and your question might be answered in an upcoming blog post.

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