(Closed) Dress buying experience-plus sized brides

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

((HUGS)) You aren’t plus sized!! you’re normal sized!! i bet the dress will look gorgeous on you, but i’m not a bride (yet) and as a plus sized woman, 14-16, i am going to strut my stuff!! i have been above a size 10 my entire life and guess what i LOVE my curves i have never felt sexier!!! my belly needs a little less pudge but so what it just means that i eat good :D…. btw here is one of my all time favorite pictures of a plus size bride flaunting her sexiness!!!

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Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

First of all, don’t worry. The dress will be breathtaking when it’s on you.

Second, I bought a sample dress that fit me perfectly, and I’m bigger than you! If you had to do it all over again, I’d tell you to call around and see which places have however many dresses for you to try on in your size–that way, you KNOW what it looks like.

Don’t be bummed, you’ll be beautiful, and your dress will fit you fantastically. Alterations can work miracles for dresses. If it really stresses you out, don’t try to lose a lot of weight, but eat healthy, drink lots of water and do some exercise! As long as you feel your best, you’ll look your best. Good luck!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I couldn’t agree with you more. Its very frustrating to go into a bridal salon and the girls show me the 5 “full figure” dresses that they have, and then proceed to tell you all the dresses are avaible in larger sizes. If I hear another store tell me “we can just hold it up to you” one more time I am going to scream.

It is the part of my wedding that I am frustrated the most!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I’m also a size 14, and it was a real bummer not to have dress samples to try on. (On my first shopping trip, a friend modeled them for me…. after that I was shopping solo, so it was a total, total guessing game about what might look right. Bummer.) The thing I find particularly annoying is that even many actual, genuine, top designers sell things off the rack in a 12 or 14 — but the bridal market? We’re pariahs?

By the way, my dress is Watters, too, but according to their size charts, I am indeed almost precisely a 14 in Watters, too. (As in, my waist is 32.5″, and that’s a 14 on both a “normal” US retail size chart and the Watters chart.) I believe their sizing is more like normal/modern sizing, not so much bridal sizing. So I suspect that maybe –? — your salon ordered big for you, so that it can be tailored for an exact fit….. (?) I know they prefer to have the dress too big, and to trim it down, rather than vice versa.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Why the hell do they make wedding dress size five times too big.  I’m a 14 and some of the dress sizes were waaaaayyyyy larger than 14.  Don’t these people know that the number is so important.  Why do they do that to us. GRRRRRRRR

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club

It makes me sad too… I wear a size which is too large for the “squeeze into it/hold it up to you” salons. After crying at 2 salons which promised to have dresses I could try on but didn’t, or having trouble trying on the 1 dress available while girl after girl sauntered by in their beautiful choices, I just dropped out of it altogether and am having my dress made. But I love fashion, and that “dress shopping experience” was something I was hoping to have.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

hmmm… i haven’t gone dress shopping in about eight or nine years and i was much smaller then, but i am actually not looking forward to it this go around after reading everyone’s posts. i know exactly what i will want and well if i have to get it made so be it because um yeah i’m a diva 😀 and i am going to flaunt it… btw i found the most absolutely perfect dress by happenstance today, too bad i’m not engaged lol!! i may just have had to go and make an appt to try it on.

Post # 12
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530 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

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Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Okay, here is the Watters size chart. I found it useful to know what the manufacturer considers size 12, or size 14, or size 16, etc., when I was ordering. Watters doesn’t have the same system as most wedding-dress-makers, it appears. Because on this — as I mentioned above — I was still a 14, as I am in “real life.” Tho I do understand if they feel the need to bump it up a size and then tailor it to an exact fit…. Still, sometimes it seems like they go a little nuts with this “ordering big” thing.

PS: having trouble posting the size chart. Hang on a minute.

 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Can I throw in here that I think it really depends on bust size as to how many sizes you have to go up and designers are totally GRRR for that? I have like, nega-boobs for a plus size girl so I could fit into gowns a size smaller than I wear street size, but for you busty girls, it sucks. I mean, some of these gowns even in my size BARELY FIT MY CHEST! I wear a small B cup!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

See, that’s what I thought except that I have REALLY wide hips. The hips in most of the dresses I tried on were fine, but the tops would have been super small in most girls over a c cup! I think a lot of times, for plus sizes, the measurements can be scaled wrong.

I’m glad your dress will fit you though! So breathe easy and you’re going to look beautiful!

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