When it comes to a wedding gown, it’s not only what the eye sees that make for a perfect picture. The right undergarments are extremely important and can make a very big difference towards your gown looking its best. A correctly sized bra will make your gown fit better, but it should also be comfortable for you to wear. The retail price of a bra can go as high as $100 for a quality, long-line bra, but, trust me, a good bra is a great investment.

There are several methods for selecting your bra to ensure good fit. None of the methods are100 percent, because sizes vary among manufacturers and materials. One more thing, don’t get stuck on the size of your regular bra, because it may not be properly fit.

Here’s the first method of measuring. First find your band size (i.e., 34, 36, 38) by measuring around your rib cage, right under the crease between your two breasts. Make sure when you do so that the tape measure stays in place. If you get an dd number, add five inches. For an even number add four inches. 

Next, determine your cup size by measuring from one breast side to its other side. Round the number up, if the number of inches fall in the middle, or higher end of the last inch. In other words, if you measure at 8.5 inches, then round up to nine inches. If you come up with seven inches, it equals an A cup. For eight inches, it’s a B cup, for 9 inches, a C cup and for ten inches, a D cup. 

Here’s measuring method number two. Determine the band size by measuring around your rib cage, right under the crease between your two breasts. Make sure when you do so that the tape measure stays in place. If you get an odd number; round up to the next even number (e.g., if you get 31 inches, round up to 32 inches. 

The determine your cup size by measuring around from the fullest part of your breast (usually across the nipples) and around your body. Use the difference between this measurement and the band size to determine the cup size. If you get no difference between the two measurements, you’re an A cup. If it’s up to one inch, you’re a B cup. If you come up 34 inches and a band size of 32 inches, then the cup size difference would be two inches, or a C cup. Up to a three inches is a D cup. Up to 4 inches a DD. Up to 5 inches, and E.

The last method of measuring starts with (A) determining the band size by measuring around the rib cage, right under your breast crease. Keep the tape in place. Add four or five inches to this measurement to get an even number. 

Then determine the cup size (B) by measuring above your breast, just under your arms, keeping the line as horizontal as possible. Next measure (C) the fullest part of your breast and around your body, usually across the nipples. Subtract the underarm/bust total of step B from the sum of steps A and C. If the difference is more than an inch, the cup size is AA, an inch is an A, 2 inches, a B, 3 inches, a C, 4 inches, a D, and 6 inches is an E or DD.

The correct bra is no laughing matter, so give what’s under your qwedding gown as much attention as you will to the gown itself. You won’t regret it!