When it comes to finding the perfect mother of the bride gown, one crucial step is often overlooked-taking accurate measurements. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of measuring yourself properly to ensure that the gown you choose fits flawlessly, making you feel confident and radiant on that special day.

Step 1: Gather Your Tools

Before you start measuring, make sure you have a flexible measuring tape, a mirror, and a notepad to jot down your measurements.


Step 2: Wear Appropriate Undergarments

Wear the undergarments you plan to wear with the gown. This ensures that your measurements reflect the true shape of your body when you wear the gown.



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Step 3: Take Bust Measurements

Wear a well-fitting bra and measure around the fullest part of your bust.

Make sure the measuring tape is snug but not too tight, and parallel to the ground.

Step 4: Measure Your Waist

Locate your natural waist, typically the narrowest part of your torso.

Measure around this area, maintaining a comfortable fit without pulling the tape too tightly.

Step 5: Determine Your Hip Measurement 

Find the widest part of your hips and measure around, ensuring the tape is parallel to the ground. Keep the tape snug but not constricting to get an accurate hip measurement.

Step 6: Length Consideration

Even if the dress is too long, it can always be shortened! For floor-length gowns, measure from the base of your neck to the floor, wearing the shoes you plan to wear with the gown. For tea-length or knee-length gowns, measure to the desired hemline.

Step 7: Double-Check and Record:

Take a moment to double-check all your measurements and if possible, have someone assist you for precise results. 

Top Tips:

Consult the Size Chart

Refer to the specific size chart for each dress and choose the right size based on your measurements. If you are in between sizes it is best to size up. It will be easier to zip up and access if the dress has potential.

Consider Professional Assistance

If possible, consult with a professional tailor for precise measurements and fitting advice.

Tailors can offer valuable insights into alterations that may be needed for the perfect fit. We are here to help as well! Click here for a complimentary consultation via facetime, phone call, or text, to assist you with fit and style tips!

By taking the time to measure yourself accurately, considering the specific guidelines provided by our size charts, and seeking professional guidance, you can ensure that your mother of the bride gown not only looks stunning, but fits like a dream! 

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