How to Measure


All custom orders require a special order contract. This protects the client and the designer. Please email fashion designer, Tess Mann, to begin your custom order process at

Ordering a Couture by Tess Bridal gown online is a bespoke experience. We will be working with you one on one throughout the entire process.

We are committed to making our brides happy. On Custom Orders, it will also be helpful if you send a photo of you in a pair of leggings & a cami or a swimsuit.  We want to make sure that the design you pick will appropriately flatter your figure.  For example, too many brides think they will look great in a mermaid, when structurally, it is a horrible wedding gown form for their body type - we can assist you with a fit that will compliment your body type.

YOUR HEIGHT:  without shoes

What heel height will you wear (shoe heel- flats, 3 inch, 5 inch stilettos)

Wearing a normal bra

UPPER BUST - tape measured is across the upper part of your chest going under the underarms and around your back- in total circumference

FULLEST BUST - across the fullest part of your chest and around the back - in total circumference

LOWER BUST- directly under the bust where your bra usually sits on your ribs and around your back - total circumference

WAIST - measure around the thickest part of your waist and back - total circumference

HIPS - fullest part of your hips - bring measuring tape across your hip bone and around the back of your body - total circumference.

LOWER HIPS - ladies this is the buttocks, booty area -  tape measure should include the saddle bag area and 

UPPER/OUTER THIGHS - around the lower portion of the buttocks - total circumference.

HOLLOW TO HEM:  this is the little indent at the base of your neck, measuring straight down to the floor.

HOLLOW TO WAIST: this is the little indent at the base of your neck, measuring straight down to approximately your belly button.

SHOULDER TO SHOULDER:  very important if you are ordering a NON strapless dress measure across your back from shoulder tip to shoulder tip.

SHOULDER TO FLOOR : Measure from the tip of your shoulder, down the fullest part of your bust to the floor


ARM CIRCUMFERENCE OR ARMS-EYE:  take the tape measure and measure entirely around the armpit, and shoulder meeting back down under the arm pit.

BICEPS:  measure fully around the fattest part of your upper arm. 

Now our brides can shop wedding dresses in Cookeville, TN or find some designs online 


You can order from some of the samples listed on our Shopify store.  Please use this guide as a reference when sending us measurements.  

If you do not see one of our designs on Shopify, please contact us and we can upload the listing for your online purchase.