Post # 1
I am literally obsessed with planning my wedding. I’m still more than a year away but I already have every last detail completely planned, well almost every last detail. I have looked into dresses but I am not really looking forward to going to try any on.
My budget for the dress isnt huge so due to that and my dress size (normal size 24) I’m pretty much limited to Davids Bridal and Alfred Angelo. Unfortunately, we don’t have an Alfred Angelo close to us so I’m limited to what styles I can even try on depending on what the bridal boutiques carry. Then theres Davids…
I had a horrible experience with them for a friends wedding but I’m open to giving them another shot. My biggest pet peeve with them though is the fact that they dont have mirrors in the dressing room. I could look completely ridiculous but I wouldn’t have any idea until I am out there on the podium infront of the entire store. Has any Davids Bridal brides brought their own body mirrors to the appointment? I’m seriously considering it.
I want to be excited for dress shopping but I feel like I am going to just be uncomfortable the whole time. Is anyone experiencing the same thing I am?
Post # 3
I am totally with you! I hated that there were no mirrors, and i think it is an awesome idea to bring a full-length mirror along.
However, you are going to LOVE trying on dresses! You will find a dress that makes you feel amazing! And, along the way, you will find quite a few that make you feel not so amazing. Everyone experiences that, because not every dress works for every person!
But seriously, try to have fun!!!
Post # 4
Most designers carry an extended size range. Unfortunately, most bridal shops do not have plus-size samples. David’s Bridal is great for figuring out which silhouettes you like. Go during a weekday evening, when hardly anyone is in the store. However, I would definitely recommend looking beyond there. Mori Lee has the Julietta line, which I think has some beautiful designs. You probably have until next March or April to make a decision. Take your time and do some digging–you might be surprised what you find.
Post # 5
@UpstateCait:So I went two days ago to David’s Bridal, and the lady I had helped my two Bridesmaids and me. My sister is a 16W and my best friend is a 12, I’m a 20W. They had a huge selection. Very helpful with me, they helped me get into gowns. It took a lot of courage at first to actually do leave the dressing room but once I did, I felt great. It also helped that there was another plus size bride and plus size bridesmaids there too. They looked at me and smiled when I tried a couple of gowns, said I looked great. Just go in there with people you know will be supportive, I’d also try to make sure you go in during nonpeak time period if you don’t want a lot of people to be in there with you. I went another place first and they had mori lee and other various designers, and were very unhelpful. I went into both uncertain with my size, and after David’s bridal, I knew my dress size. They asked a bunch of questions, what my theme was, color scheme, preferred dress sillouette, if I liked lace, beading, type of fabric, and pant size. They also gave me the name of the manager of the store in case I needed more assistance. The staff were so patient and understanding.
Post # 6
Also, I failed to mention what looked best on me. I’m very critical of my body. I found dresses with cap sleeves or empire waist with rouching to be the most flattering. I have very wide chest and shoulders and hips, and those flattered me best. This dress was my favorite: http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_Chiffon-soft-A-line-with-Beaded-Lace-on-Empire-9V9743_Bridal-Gowns-Shop-By-Size-Plus-Sizes
Post # 7
Call around to stores… don’t count the designer boutiques out!!!! I tried a store after having no luck with DB and a couple other stres. Surprisingly, not only did they have a rather LARGE plus size collection, they were wonderful with helping me pick the right dress. And it is considered a designer boutique. The shop is in Buffalo which is several hours from you but if you’re at all interested in checking them out, PM me.
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club
I agree, try everything. If you’re really nervous about calling the designer boutiques, tell them on the phone that you’re a plus size and that you wear a 24. Listen closely; their reaction will tell you everything you need to know.
Do you have a good friend you can trust? I know on my first shopping trip I brought a camera with me; a friend helped me into the dresses and snapped my picture before I left the dressing room. 🙂
Here is a great blog for plus sized brides. I wish it was up & running last year, while I was engaged and looking for dresses! On the top is a great drop-down menu to find out which designers make a dress in your size (if you wear a 24, you’ll probably be between a 24 and a 30 for dress sizes, depending on your particular shape and the manufacturer). Some of them are not much more expensive than Alfred Angelo if I remember correctly, and some are cheaper (ie., Bonny Bridals or Davinci Bridal).
Good luck, I’m sure you’ll find something beautiful! 🙂
Post # 9
i went to davids bridal at night during the week.. it wasn’t too packed! i called and asked when they had the most downtime lol