Post # 1
I’m what “I” describe as a Diva-sized bride! lol! I haven’t been out dress shopping yet but we’re planning on going in the next couple of weeks to start finding shapes and cut’s that I like.
I’m looking for any help any of you ladies have to offer, any suggestions? I’m not interested in a boring A-line dress with short sleeves…. I plan on looking fabulous! it’s just hard to picture a lot of the dresses on someone my size when all the pictures are on Model sized girls…
Post # 3
My sister is a bm and plus size. We found a fabulous bm dress that was haltor top with a wrap that look amazing on her curvy body. I’m not much help because I’m “the model size,” but it was really hard to shop for things because bridal shops didn’t have sizes that fit her so I had to try everything on and we had to guess if it would look good on her. I would recommend going to like David’s Bridal, because unfortunately some of the little bridal shops don’t have plus sizes in all the styles.
Not to be a debbie downer or anything..But, I know it was hard on my sister 🙁
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club
We have a thread with plus sized bees in their dresses, lots of beautiful pictures on there! Also you can check out Offbeat Bride which has a forum for plus sized brides.
Post # 5
I’m most likely going to get shot down for this….. BUT. I did a starting trip to the dreaded David’s bridal. Since they had a lot of dresses in my size (a street size of 20-22w) I was able to try on things that actually fit so I could see how different styles looked on my figure. Since the dresses actualy did zip up it helped to know how the style would actually look on me without wierd lumps and bumps from them clipping me into it. I tried on every dress in my size range that I like anything at all about the style then narrowed down what looked good on me. Then I was able to see if they had dresses in that kind of style not in my size, but could be ordered in my size and tried those on. Once I had a starting point I then went to other stores/looked online to find dresses in that kind of style.
I am not sure if that was the kind of advise you were looking for but that is my 2cents!
Post # 6
I was a plus sized bride (size 20) and was really disappointed in the selection at the bridal salon I went to (despite having called ahead to make sure they had samples for me to try on). Their selection was like the worst of the early 90s that were hanging around unsold in the store.
However, I was really happy with the selection at David’s bridal. They had dozens of dresses in my size or one size up/down that I could actually try on and get a good idea of the look.
I would recommend, even if you don’t want a David’s dress, to stop in there and take a look. At the best, you might find your dream dress. At the worst, you’ll get an idea of styles that look good on you since they have a good variety of cuts.
Post # 7
Two words…1) Corset 2) Back!!! Trust me…it does things for you that you can’t even imagine! 🙂 Mine gives me a waist I haven’t had in years!! Love it!! Good luck 🙂
Post # 8
I am a plus size bride, I wear a street size 18. I also started out at david’s bridal, just to get a feel for what kind of dresses I like and to see what looked good on me. I ended up going to the Running of the Brides in DC and found my dress there. Davids is nice since they have a large selection in larger sizes, so at least you can get a feel for the dress. I went to another smaller shop near me tht had 2 plus size gowns in the entire store, they kept telling me to hold the dress up to my body to see what it looked like,.
Post # 9
Wow- what an awesome response! I had thought about doing a DB shopping trip to try dresses on and see what shapes I like. I love Maggie Sottero dresses, so once I find a shape/style that looks nice on, I can translate that into THE dress!
Post # 10
I started with DB, which was really great to get an idea of what I liked. I ended up getting my dress made – and I love it! I don’t know what your budget is, but it was cheaper than a designer dress and made with silk and french lace. It is fantastic when you are a plus size to have something that fits perfectly!
Post # 11
And be open minded! I am a street size 18 and some stores had me in dresses size 12, and while “the girls” were dangerously close to the edges, it still gave me an idea of what the dress fit like. I actually picked out my dress by having them put me in the same style of dress and then clipped the one I really wanted to try on, to that dress and molded it to my body. It’s a risk but I also had one of my girls try on dresses for me so I could get an idea of what they looked like on a real body.
You have to get creative but it can be done at bridal salons and don’t listen to the ones that give you 90’s rejects (I had the same issue as rosychicklet ) And then they had the NERVE to put me in a huge ugly dress and tell me that it was perfect for me and I should buy it! Absolutely NO. Just ignore what bridal consultants are trying to sell you!
Post # 12
I am also a plus size bride, I wear an 18. I had a great experience with the bridal salon where I bought my dress. I called around to a few places to make sure they had lots of sample gowns in larger sizes. I looked around on the internet and picked a few styles and even asked the shops specifically if they had those styles in a larger sample size.
The shop where I bought my dress went above and beyond. They had lots of dresses I could try on. The one dress I loved they only had in a 12. I was ready to move on and not purchase anything and the seamstress came in removed the stitching from the back so I could try it on. it didn’t close all the way in the back but I got a much much better idea of what it would look on me than if I would have just held it up to my body. I was in love!!
Like the other ladies said try DB, get a feel. Who knows you may end up falling in love with a dress. Also call around after you have some idea of style you like and see if they have those particular styles or similar styles in a larger size.
Post # 13
Try dress barn for the night before and after party
Post # 14
Check out dresses at Alfred Angelo. That’s where I got my dress! They had lots for me to try on (street size 20) and I fell in love with my dress the second I tried it on. I also loved that they have plus sized models on the website as well. Check them out!
Post # 15
Oh if you love Maggie dresses you are in luck! I am a street size 16 and a bridal size 20. The great thing about Maggie dresses is that they are corset back (almost all of them) so you can get into a much smaller sample dress at the store with the corset let all the way out. I tried on a few bridal size 12 and 14’s with the corset unlaced and got a great idea of how they looked!
Post # 16
I am a plus, plus, plus bride-street size 22 on the bottom and on top…I’m a 24/26. I was a D cup before I had kids and since nursing my twins, I’m a DDD cup. I found LOTS of pretty dresses online with Aurora D’Paradiso-with price tags that won’t break the bank. Here is a link to my dress:
It may be too simple for some ladies, but I wanted simple-I’m an encore bride and we’re having a morning wedding so I was looking for something with more of a daytime look. I really need a substantial undergarment, so strapless was not something I was looking at or interested in. Finding a plus size dress with sleeves that is not a typical dress is not what I wanted either. I love the flutter sleeves on my dress because it offers some coverage, but isn’t really a traditional sleeve either.