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Guide On Ideal Length For Wedding Dresses

Finding the perfect wedding dress nj  for your big day requires an understanding of what’s needed for the event. A lot of women will look for a good design and assume everything else is going to work out. However, it’s essential to find an ideal length that’s going to look good from all angles.

Here is a detailed look at what the “ideal” length is for your wedding dress and which elements need to be accounted for well in advance.

Start with the Design

While the design isn’t the only thing you are going to want to focus on, it is a good starting point. A design that doesn’t look good based on your needs will never work out because you won’t be satisfied. A bride has to be clear with the design before she can look at the length.

In general, the design is one element that can’t be tweaked while the sizing can.

It’s essential to focus on this and then see whether adjustments need to be made along the way. Having this information is a must.

Traditional Measurements

Let’s begin with the basics when it comes to the right length for your wedding dress. In general, a person is going to want to focus on the length by measuring a person’s collarbone and working down to the feet. This is what the average tailor is going to do too.

The idea is to have the dress rest on the collarbone and then drop smoothly to the floor. It shouldn’t crumple or overextend at any point between these two body parts.

Once this basic measurement is made, adjustments are going to be authorized.

These adjustments are going to be based on leaving space for the shoes as soon as a bride straightens up. The tailor is going to recommend taking 3-6 inches from the bottom to do this. Otherwise, it is quite common for a dress to look good without shoes and then awful once they are put on.

Start with this in mind and ensure you have enough space to walk around during the wedding. 

Type of Shoes

You have to realize each bride is going to put on different shoes when it comes to their preference. Some brides love wearing 5″ heels while others are going to keep things to a conventional 3″ heel. It’s all about finding out what works best for your dress and then going from there.

In some cases, a bride may decide to go with flats.

It’s essential to consider this because a dress that looks good without shoes can look bad once those 5″ heels are put on.

For larger heels, it makes sense to remove at least 3-6″ from the bottom. This is going to be a good starting point especially when you are sure about how long the heels are going to be.


Yes, this is one of those details brides don’t think about when they should. Just like picking out the design based on where the wedding is going to be (i.e. beach vs. banquet hall) you are going to have to think about the length in this manner too.

Why does the setting matter when it comes to the length of a wedding dress?

It has to do with how much you are going to be walking around and what the surface is going to be like. For example, you are going to want the dress to be shorter when you are outside as it will remain breathable and you won’t have leaves/sand/grass getting stuck to the bottom!

However, if you are going to be walking around indoor on hardwood flooring, it’s okay to go with a dress that is slightly touching the ground as you walk. 

Final Thoughts

In the end, it is always going to come down to what you want from the wedding dress. If you are not happy with the design of the wedding dress, its length isn’t going to be something that makes a difference. Start with the design and then work your way from there.

 This is essential when it comes to finding a length that is meaningful and is going to yield good results over the long haul.

If you are someone that wants to make sure the length is good, take the time to visit the venue and walk around in a regular dress to see how it feels.

This will give you a good idea of what you are getting into and whether or not that is the length you want to go with on the big day. In most cases, you want to try to stick to the 3-6″ rule when it comes to taking off a little bit at the bottom. 

This is going to be comfortable and ideal for most settings whether that’s outdoors or indoors.

Author Bio:

Kunal Madan

Kunal Madan is the CEO and founder of the Azaria Bridal in Freehold Township, New Jersey as well as the Trusted Wedding Gown Preservation (TWGP) company. A wedding dress preservation company recognized by the International Fabric Institute as the best in the industry. TWGP’s high standard technology is the reason why brides entrust the preservation of their beloved wedding dress to them.

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