I found my dress, and at David's Bridal no less! I had a very positive experience there. I did my homework before and printed out all the dresses I wanted to try on. I learned from my best friend, who got married two years ago, to be open to suggestions from the consultant. She brought me two of her picks. I absolutely hated them both on the hanger. I hated the first even more when I put in on. It had everything I didn't want. The second one had two things I was totally against- pickups and a zipper back. (I don’t need to look any bigger and I wanted a corset!) My friend and I were making fun of it as she was helping me put it on. Once it was zippered, I turned around expecting her laugh and she froze. She said, "You need to see this" and hurriedly opened the door and got me to a mirror. I was amazed at what I saw. Looking back at me was a beautiful bride. For the first time I was in love with the way I looked. The dress was perfect for me. It complimented me in all the areas that I usually try to hide. Everyone I brought with me lit up almost as much as I did.
I'm posting pictures of all the dresses I tried on to help any bees still looking get an idea of what different dresses look like on ....a size 22. You know I must love you all to reveal that secret. lol
Also, don't mind the goofy facial expressions. My friend was continuously snapping pictures.
This was one of my picks. I felt like a stuffed turkey. It was too small to begin with and was not right at all for my shape.
This one wasn't so bad. It looked ok on me, but it was just ok. I think I liked the veil more than the dress.
I actually thought this could be the dress. I really liked it a first, but the longer I had it on the more I began to find things I didn't like. I don't like things drapped to one side.
This one wasn't so terrible. It was really wrinkled which was distracting. I didn't think it did that much for me though.
Consultant pick #1. I really hate halter tops. They always feel like they're choking me. I tried it on anyway though. I wasn't comfortable it it, so off it went.
Consultant pick #2. This dress looked terrible on the hanger. It has so may things that were wrong... until I tried it on...
... and so this dress became THE dress! I've seen a few brides around here with it. I love that so many people also have fallen in love with it. I feel like it's different from a lot of other dresses. I love the back of it and the fact that it has cap sleeves.
As a plus sized bride, I was so afraid that I wouldn't find anything that I loved. I thought I was doomed to look like a house on my wedding day. However, this forum has helped me realize that us full figured brides are beautiful and can look stunning at any size.
I can't view the pictures :-(
@RCH1286: Wow! I think you made the right choice :) Love seeing these.
@rangersbride: Just copy between the [IMG] and [/IMG], I don't think coding works here OP :)
Oops, I didn't realize that. I edited the oringinal post. Hopefully it works now!
nice choice. it really is great on you.
You look beautiful!!!
You picked right..... Absolutely gorgeous and my favorite of all the ones you tried!
You look stunning!! That was my original "dream" dream (well one similar) and I almost bought this one. It's still one of my faves. Congrats :)
You def made the right choice! That dress is stunning on you!!!! YAAY!
I love, love detailing! Two big thumbs up from me!
You definitely made the right choice! You look gorgeous in your dress! Congrats!!
You made a great choice! It's very flattering on you!
SO pretty! Definitely made the right choice. It's the most flattering out of all the ones you posted. Thanks for sharing the journey!
Great choice! I love the lace on top.
Great choice. Its so beautiful and looks great on you
Great choice! Looks beautiful on you!
Beautiful! I love the top!!
@RCH1286: absolutely stunning! you made the perfect choice; you make that dress so beautiful off the hanger.
You definitely made the right choice - your dress is beautiful, and looks fantastic on you! Yay!!!
Yay! It looks great on you, good choice!
@RCH1286: I looked at each one of these photos and OMG you are right, the final dress choice is Da BOMB!It is so pretty, and looks great on you.
I liked both of the consultant's choices but I completely understand if that halter top didn't work for you. To me the #1 thing is to feel comfortable and free and pretty and happy in your wedding dress. Feeling like a stuffed sausage or a hobbled mermaid or whatever is uncool. With all of the running around on your feet that you (the generic you) will be doing on a wedding day, being able to MOVE is key.
Great choice, it looks beautiful! You make a gorgeous bride.
Wow you really made the right choice! That dress is stunning on you:)
Great choice! It's perfect!
Beautiful! I love that neckline on you. All the little details are gorgeous!
@RCH1286: That dress looks stunning on you! Congrats on saying yes to the dress! yay!
Wow! They all look great on you! The third dress I tried on at DB and it looked horrible on me. Glad to know someone can rock it! The last two dresses were both my dream dresses, but both out of my price range. So I am getting a beautiful $500 empire waist that will be easy to size down after I've lost some weight.
WOWZERS!!! You look amazing...I love seeing all your pics and the one that you chose looks absolutely beautiful!
@RCH1286: I love it! You look great in it!
I love your choice and I'm so glad that you found a dress!
Great choice! The dress looks beautiful on you
I have the same dress. And had the same reaction that you did. I had seen it online and it looked pretty, but when they brought it to me, I actually questioned if it was the right one. But when I put it on, I loved it. You look gorgeous in it!
That's definitely THE dress! It looks so great on you! Congratulations!!
Great choice, you look beautiful
Beautiful !!! love the lace top / back with the beading!! It's very flattering... you made the right choice !!!!
@RCH1286: yep! Totally agree on the dress! Good choice =) Thanks for posting the rejects... That's always fun to see before the final one!
Excellent choice OP. looks beautiful on you
WOW! Great choice!
That last dress is absolutely stunning on you! Congrats on finding the dress.
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