How to take measurements for ordering your wedding gown online
Taking measurements can feel like a daunting task if you haven't done it before! Rest assured, it's not nearly as complicated as one might think.
The good news is that for a standard size gown order, you will generally only need your three main measurements. These being the circumference of your bust, waist and hip. It is also completely possible to take these measurements by yourself. Most online bridal stores have helpful sizing charts with clear measurements for all their sizes. Just be sure to double check whether their measurements are listed in inches or centimeters and take your measurements in the correct unit. So to get started, all you need is a measuring tape and good bra.
Now, an important factor to keep in mind, is to always wear undergarments with a similar fit to that you plan on wearing under your wedding gown. Especially if it involves an extra padded bra, as this could make a reasonable difference in the bust circumference. Don't measure over clothing other than your underwear. If a length measurement is required, you need to wear a pair of shoes with a heel comparable to the height of your wedding shoes.
When taking waist, bust and hip measurements, always double check that your measuring tape is held parallel to the floor and pulled evenly across the body with no slack. Also stand in a natural position without sucking in your stomach. This is about as difficult as it's going to get.
So without further adieu, Let's measure:
BUST: Measure across the back and fullest part of the bust (not below the bust).
WAIST: Bend to one side to find the crease or natural waist. Measure across the narrowest part.
HIP: Standing with your feet together, measure at the fullest (widest) part of your hip.
LENGTH FROM WAIST TO HEM (if needed): Measure from your Natural Waist to the dress hem. Note: The length is not measured starting from the garment neckline.
ARM LENGTH (if needed): Have your arm just slightly bent, and measure from the tip of your shoulder over the elbow to your wrist line. (You will need a friend for this measurement)
Once you have these measurements, you can compare these sizes to the size chart and pick a size based on your widest measurement (But double check that the other measurements are not larger than the standard size you chose). Most standard size wedding gowns need a few alterations to give it that special perfect fit, so it is better to rather have a gown that is slightly too large, than slightly too small.
I hope you find this helpful, feel free to pop me a Facebook message (@elanbride) should you need further assistance!