Size Chart and Measurements

How to measure yourself and choose a size when buying a wedding dress online?

We understand that buying a wedding dress Online raises lots of questions regarding sizing.
Our gowns come in standard size only.

What is a standard size wedding dress?
A standard size means any dress size listed in Emily May Bridal Size Chart, whether that be a size 8 or a size 18. It simply means your dress will be made to a size rather than to your exact body measurements (which we call made to measure). As many of us know sizing can vary from store to store and brand to brand so it is important that you take measurements of your body and match up with Emily May size chart to choose a size.

All standard dress sizes are likely to need some alterations such as a small lift at the shoulder or the hem. We always recommend to factor this into your budget when purchasing a standard size collection piece.

What happens if I am a size 8 on top and a size 12 on bottom?

A lot of brides will fall into two size options or between sizes. As a general rule we suggest purchasing the size that fits the largest part of your body. If you sit between two sizes, we suggest you order the bigger size. The reason for this is that dresses can be altered down to fit easily but if your dress is too small there is not a lot that can be done to increase the size. It is always better to have more fabric to work with than not enough.

We would always suggest talking to your bridal representative at your appointment prior to purchasing your dress if you are unsure on sizing. It can also depend on the shape of the dress. You can always book a physical/Zoom appointment with us with all your questions prior to order your dream gown.

I plan to lose weight before my wedding and do not know what size to order, what would you suggest?

Dependant on timeframe we would suggest ordering your dress to the size you are now and have your dress fitted to your body closer to your wedding date. 

Ordering a dress one or two sizes down may feel like a good incentive but if you do not reach that size, you will have a dress that does not fit and may not be able to be made bigger. 

Most dresses require six to eight months from make to delivery, and we would also suggest you save at 2-month extra time for alteration and matching small accessories. Please also keep in mind, some of the designs may not always available due to the fabric limitation, which means you may have to change to another design if you would want to leave the time as close as possible.

What measurements do I need to take?

For a standard size dresses, we only need 4 measurements from you!
To determine your standard size we require a bust, waist, hip, and waist to floor measurement.
The waist to floor measurement is needed to make sure our standard length is long enough for you.

How do I measure myself?
We advise that you have someone with you to help take the measurements as it can be tricky to do yourself and you may get incorrect measurements.
Stand up straight and relax your body, drop your shoulders, and stand normally. Try not to hold in your stomach and relax as you normally would. Our instinct is to stand a little unnaturally when having measurements taken so just check in with your posture to make sure it feels right.

BUST Measure around the back, under the arms and across the fullest part of the bust. Please wear a good fitting bra with thin padding. The tape measure should be flat against the figure, straight across the back and not too tight.

WAIST Measure the smallest part of your waist. Again, the tape measure should be flat against the figure, straight across the back and not too tight. Remember to stay relaxed.

HIP Stand with feet together. Measure around the widest part of your bottom. To find this point it can be helpful to look into a full-length mirror and you will be able to determine the best place to take this measurement. It is generally around the mid bottom. Don’t make it too tight, you should be able to fit a finger between the tape and your hip to allow you to sit and dance when needed.

Waist to Floor measurement from your waist down to the floor with roughly heel height you will have with the dress. Locate the height of your waist, and measure how high it is from the floor to make sure the dress you are going to order is long enough for alteration.

What do I do once I have taken my measurements?

Now that you have taken your standard size measurements you can either use our Online Size Chart (Below) to work out your sizing yourself or you can contact our team to help you make the right choice. If you have any uncertainty please do get in touch, it is better to check sizing with us before purchasing.


Once your sizing is all confirmed you can then order your dress! 

Alternatively, you can leave a message when checkout with your bust, waist, Hip measurement, Waist to floor measurements if you are unsure about the size your ordered, we will contact you if would suggest another size we believe that would suits better.

Congratulations! We will send you a reminder to your email once your gown is on the way to your supplied delivery address!