This is totally normal for a specialty ordering and the bridal industry brands. This is very common. A woman that may wear a 10, may wear a 12 or 14 in some size charts shown below. Remember, that every designer makes their own chart, so the rules are not standard across the board like everyday brands you may used to. Just keep in mind that a dress that may have a fuller bottom or skirt area may have room to play because it flowy in your hip measurements. If the dress meets you at your waist, then the waist measurement will be very important. Check if your style allows for a little extra room, depending on the cut of the dress. If its a tighter skirt area, then the hips will also come into play. If your busty, you know for sure you need that dress to come in that will cover your bust size and waist if it's a flowy skirt.
Remember for a perfect fit, most dresses will need to be altered:
- The waist is generally easy to take in.
- Most dresses can be taken in 1-3 sizes & let out 1 size usually (depends on seam).
- Bust & waist are usually altered for best fit.
- Length is very important. It's very difficult to extend the length, unless there is extra fabric tacked down. If you are 5"7 & over, be sure to order extra length