How do I select the right size?
Each designer has their own sizing chart, and bridesmaid dress sizes don’t follow the same sizing standards as everyday ready-to-wear. Brideside has sized thousands of bridesmaids and is here to help!
Talk to your style consultant. She knows a thing or two about the fit and construction of our entire collection. You can also watch our video
and check out our guide for how to take measurements yourself.
What should I do if I am in between sizes?
If you are in between sizes, we’d recommend that you order to the larger size that will accommodate the tightest or most fitting part of the dress. For most dresses, this will be either the bust or the waist. It could be the hips, however, if the dress is form fitted or the lining is slim. Although the cost can be the same, it is easier to take a dress in than to let it out.
Where do I go for alterations?
Brideside does not perform alterations for our Chicago customers but we can make recommendations on how to alter and where to take your dress.
Why do bridesmaid dresses need alterations?
You are going to be in someone’s wedding pictures, hanging on their living room wall for years and years, so fundamentally, this dress needs to fit you well! And as a formal garment, bridesmaid dresses tend to lack the spandex and stretchy materials that make dresses we buy off the rack fit our bodies easily. Those extra nips and tucks are what make them special. Also keep in mind that in any dress, the best size for your bust may not be the best size for your hips or waist. We suggest that you order the size that accommodates your largest measurements and see a tailor for the adjustments.
I’m going to be pregnant at the wedding! Help!
Amazing! Congratulations! How far along you’ll be at the wedding will determine what style and size you should order. Contact your style consultant for help. We’ve done this a thousand times but it remains a very personal decision. We can help you think this through. But come to terms with the fact that you will likely need alterations.
I just had a baby! Help!
Woohoo! Depending on when you delivered and whether this is your first pregnancy or not, we can help you think through style and size. Let your style consultant know and she can give you some advice. You know your body better than anyone so we’ll defer to your judgment on what size to order but we are here to make sure that you are asking all the right questions and considering all nuances.
Is there an additional charge for plus size?
Most of our designers do charge an additional fee for plus sizes, ranging from $10-$30 and generally for sizes 18 and above. Brideside does not profit from this surcharge. If you select a plus size from a product page, the price will automatically adjust. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions.