Post # 1
So, I don’t know if anyone else had this problem, but I was seriously upset by the lack of full figured options at most salons. I live in GA, and went to the big cities and the small salons near my home. At every one I went to, I found that the plus-size or larger standard size gowns were as limited as could be. I had done my research so I expected that. What I didn’t expect was the lack of thinks like long line bras or petticoats. I found that everywhere I went, when they asked what size bra I needed and said a 38G, they just looked at me like it was unheard of! They would always bring me a 40-44D. Let’s be real….that’s just playing games! Every time I’d try a gown on, I’d have to fix the bra under it because the cups would flip over or whatever. It was even worse in the salons that won’t help you put the thing on in the first place. Trying to spin it around, getting the boning all twisted….and most of those gave me a bra that was falling apart and just one or two dresses in was jabbing me in the underarm or chest. And the petticoats were all too small. I’d barely get it over my hips and had to use a safety pin to keep the ends together most of the time.
Now I am not the biggest girl in the world….bridal 20 at most, but it angered me so much thinking of all the girls who are larger than me. I’m seriously thinking of opening my own salon. I don’t know how to go about it, but I know that I want to specialize in full figured ladies. I want to make every woman feel as beautiful as they should! I want undergarments that fit, dresses from great manufacturers in every price range, and alterations experts that know the tricks to hide the little things each of us want to change. I’m starting the process of researching the investment doing this will take. I know it won’t be small financially, but I can start small and work up from there.
This is our wedding day! Why are we letting this industry treat us like we are burden? We are beautiful, in love, and so excited. Our men think the world of us, that’s why we have rings on our fingers. That bubble shouldn’t be burst just because we have higher measurements than the media says we ought to. Last I checked it was something like 2/3rds of Americans were “overweight” and half of those were “obese”.
Thanks for letting me rant. Let me know if you had this problem too. It’ll help me figure out what direction I need to go with all this.
Post # 4
I had a horrible experiance at davids bridal, and i’ll never go back ever!
Almost all of their dresses were a size 8 and I have really wide hips so that wasn’t happening, even though they claimed to have plus sizes to try on. There were 3 of the most hideous dresses available for me to try on [im a street size 18], which were almost like roman costumes! Awful.
Oh well. Stuff happens.
I have since decided that it’ll be getting a dress [or two or three!] made from china in my custom size.
Post # 5
You go gril!! I luckily had an okay experience. I had my own strapless bra that I brought and the boning I need for my skirt was good for any shape. It did suck though that most of the samples were all size 2-10 with only two racks with larger sizes. They magically got a bridal size 8 dress onto my bridal size 20 dress body. Of course there were gaps but they made it work. I do agree that there need to be more salons that cater to those who are more curvey than the typical bride!~
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
I’m a street size 8 and I even had an awful experience at one bridal salon. At the time I was a little bigger maybe a street size 12. I went to a local salon to try on dresses and every single dress was a size 4!!! I felt like a stuffed sausage. I asked the consultant why all their dresses were so small when the average bride is a size 8 or larger. Her answer was the manager was getting married so she bought all the sample dresses in size so SHE would have a better idea how they would truly fit on her on her big day. I was so appalled I didn’t buy my dress from them. I’m sure a perk for working at a bridal salon and owning one is having first pick over top names and dresses but if you are only thinking of yourself and not the customers/brides there is something wrong.
No bride should have to feel so stressed and unflattering while dress shopping. Go get ’em girl!
Post # 7
@jenilynevette: Boo on your DB experience! I had a great one, but I think it may have been a fluke lol. I’m a street size 18 too and was able to squeeze into some size 14 gowns to try on. My store had a good selection of plus size but they were your typical shapeless plus size gowns and nothing really my style. I wish their stores were more consistent 🙁
Post # 8
In regards to the bras… perhaps you might want to invest in your own that fits? I know that’s an expense, but I found it kind of icky to wear the salon bras (even though I’m a 34-C, so more of a “standard” size).
Post # 9
We are a bit lucky as there is a bridal salon in Vancouver that caters to plus size women. I visited there more than once and it was nice to fit into the dress, or even have it be too large. they were very nice. However what I found that was disappointing to me was that all the styles were the same and I had a hard time finding the unique and full ball gowns near my size. There was also a new salon in abbotsford that decided to cater to plus size as well.
Post # 10
And I agree that if you want the full dress experience that you invest in your own bra that fits you right as you may need it for your gown anyways
Post # 11
I am from Michigan and we have one salon in the state that specializes in bridal attire size 14+. I drove 5 hours to shop there and had a great experience! Totally worth the drive. They had a great selection and in so many sizes. As silly as it sounds I never thought I would get “clamped” into a wedding dress like you see on tv. I did and it felt great. My size was never an issue while trying on any of the dresses. The owners said there are only 6 plus size salons in the country. We need more of these salons. We shouldn’t be denied a positive dress experience because we aren’t a size 6.
Post # 12
@BulldogBride: Thats awesome! I don’t even know if there’s a plus sized bridal salon near me, but I doubt it! Probably one heck of a drive!
Post # 13
I totally agree on buying your own bra, but when you are on a very limited budget as I have been, it’s an expense that just can’t happen. Especially for ladies like me who are on diets with the idea of loosing a significant amount of weight. There was just no way to justify paying $50+ for a bra to wear 3-5 times. I will definately be investing in my own foundation garments once I get closer to the big day. In the mean time, I will be looking into all the options to make sure ladies in my area can have the best experience possible
Post # 14
I had a great experience. I went to a shop that had only been open five months. The lady had opened it for the same reasons you have given, she has become very busy. Within the five months she had gained 50 brides which may not seem a lot but, she is now filling her appointments very quickly and gaining new brides every week.
I think you should definitely consider this.its fantastic but, to begin with an expensive thinng.
Post # 15
Aww, I’m sorry you had to deal with all that crap! I bought my dress at David’s Bridal and that’s the only salon I went to. They had dresses for me to try on in size 18 and 20 and plenty of long-line bras and petticoats – I felt no different from any other size bride. Maybe try there.
Post # 16
Oh, my. I’d never even dared hope for such a thing as a plus-size bridal salon. I say go for it! I, for one, will be disappointed you hadn’t done it before I bought my dress. 😀