UKbride Member Request 22 Apr 2018

So I’ve found a dress I love, problem is the sample size is a size 12......

So I’ve found a dress I love, problem is the sample size is a size 12... I’m currently nowhere near that although I am losing weight. They make the dress in my size although I’ll be smaller when it comes to ordering it. But how on earth am I supposed to try the dress on?! Has anyone had a similar situation & what did you do? As if weddings aren’t stressful enough you have to worry about squishing yourself in to a sample size! Haha

Lucy Lewis
Lucy Lewis 22 Apr 2018

Hi for e.g. if you are a size 16 then you order a size larger in a wedding dress :)

Belinda Ann Welbourne
Belinda Anne Bingley 23 Apr 2018

I'm a size 12 but ordered my dress in a 14 so it can be made perfect fit as I'm bigger in the bust than my bottom x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 23 Apr 2018

I ordered the size that I am... as they measured me up and told me what size I would need to order. they can usually be altered up to 2 dress sizes I was told . X

Charlotte Woodward
Charlotte Woodward 23 Apr 2018

I’m a size 16. Have bought a size 14 to slim into with 15 months until the wedding

Danika O'Connor
Danika O'Connor 23 Apr 2018

Order in the size you are and get them to take it in. They took my dress in 2 dress sizes and it was perfect

Nikki Davies
Nikki Davies 23 Apr 2018

Hi I had this dilemma too. I bought my dress and aimed to slim into it, I agree with everyone else - order a size bigger than you think you're going to need. I'm now a 12 but my dress is a 14 and is comfortable enough to get me through the day with allowance for eating. Have a great day - you'll look lovely x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 23 Apr 2018

They will measure you are and then look at what the manufactures say is the guide for that size for which to order x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 23 Apr 2018

Just try it on, they will hold it together for you if it won't fasten, it will give you an idea of what it looks like, or you could see if they had a similar sample in a bigger size to try.

Katrina Mussellwhite
Katrina Mussellwhite 23 Apr 2018

I tried on dresses a size or two smaller than I am
Yes it’s tricky but you can get a feel for the dress regardless of it being done up properly at the back
I was lucky I found one about my size, going to loose a little weight and a little alteration before the day and it’ll be perfect

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 23 Apr 2018

Did you manage to get the sample dress on? When I went the dress I absolutely loved was far too small but I could get it on and then the lady kindly got some material and popped it in the back and pinned me in so I could see what it would look like if it could do up! I went back a few months later and could almost fit into it! So I ordered that size and will slim down enough to fit it (well fingers crossed anyway!!) good luck! Xx

Charlotte Turner
Charlotte Turner 23 Apr 2018

I was a size 18 when I went dress shopping, I brought a size 14 dress and made it my goal to get in it, think I had about 6 months to do it but was almost in it within 4 months.. don't look at the sizes of dresses because I tried on different sizes and some of the size 18s wouldn't even fit.. If you like a dress go for it whether it's too small just make that your goal (as long as it is doable) good luck xx

Kayleigh E Alman
Kayleigh E Alman 23 Apr 2018

See if they have a dress in another shop (that’s if they have multiple shops) that’s if you want to see what it fits like. If you know that’s the dress without trying it on then go and order it the size bigger than you are x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 23 Apr 2018

I bought mine off the rail and I couldn’t even get the buttons up. By god it gave me the push and 2 1/2 stone later my dress was a tad too big on the day. If you love it buy it x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 24 Apr 2018

I get married in 6 weeks. I found my perfect mori lee dress a year ago. I was a size 16 so ordered a size 14 as I knew I would lose some weight. However I lost more and now am in a 8-10. It cost me an extra £300 to get it altered and tbh it doesn't have the wow factor that it did when I first tried it on bigger. If I had my time again I would wait as I would have potable gone for a completely different style xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 24 Apr 2018

Have you tried the sample on? I'm normally a size 12, but when I tried on dresses I was fitting the size 8 ones. (If it was a marketing tactic to make brides feel good about themselves, it worked on me lol!)

Alys Brierley
Alys Brierley 24 Apr 2018

I’m slightly confused . In a wedding shop ? Or normal store because in a wedding shop all sample sizes are the same and then will clamp it so you can see what it looks like . I’m usually a size 6 on bottom and size 8 on top and I don’t know how wedding dresses work but they ordered me a size 9 and going to take the waist in x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 24 Apr 2018

It is possibly for them to borrow a dress in your size from the manufacturer if they have one. They make samples in various sizes and can loan them it's worth an ask x

Michaela Sharp
Michaela Sharp 24 Apr 2018

I would wait a while before ordering one. If you are hoping to lose a fair amount of weight it will change your body shape and the dress you love now may not suit your new shape.

Becky Battersby
Becky Battersby 24 Apr 2018

I've had the same issue, fell in love with a dress which not a single dress shop had in a sample size bigger than a 12 (retail size 10ish). I've actually ended up buying the dress regardless without having been able to try it on beforehand. It's a risk but hopefully it will work out in the end and it's motivation to make sure you lose weight and look as good as possible once it arrives to try on for the first time!

Sophie Nairn
Sophie Nairn 24 Apr 2018

I found this really difficult, didn't enjoy the stores where they only had sample sizes at all as I couldn't tell how the dress would look on me when it fit properly. Much preferred shopping in Wed2B and David's Bridal where I could try on my actual size in any dress. If you're set on a dress though and think you can tell how it will look then they can be altered a couple of sizes to get the perfect fit once it's in :)

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 25 Apr 2018

Hi there Glenn from Victoria Kay here, my advice to you would be to check ahead and see what sample sizes the boutique you plan to visit stock. Many of our boutiques order samples from size 10 to 28 so there are a lot of stores out there with differing sizes in stock.

Also check with the boutique if they can loan a dress from the supplier, this is sometimes possible as the designers may have other sizes in stock.


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