Post # 1
Hi everyone! I’m really new here, and looking forward to planning the wedding. I’ve actually been searching for plus size dresses that are not floor length or ankle length. I’m a big girl, but I’m also short, barely 5’3″. Last time I had tried on dresses for alterations, the seamstress pretty much told me she could shorten the dress but only so far, and I should find some ‘really tall shoes’ to wear under it.
So, with that in mind, I’m at a loss as to where to look. I’m not a super fancy dresser, I don’t like a lot of attention (which I know is silly, being I’m going to be a bride hahaha), but I wouldn’t mind dresses that are more casual, or even have a bit of color. I’m also shopping on a budget. I’ve been looking online and haven’t found anything so far for local areas (I’m in Jacksonville, FL). Any suggestions? Thank you in advance!
Post # 3
Welcome to the Hive!
I know Davids has a few tea length, and there is one that I drool over. Sure it had to come out AFTER my wedding.
Another good place to look is weddingshoppeinc.com. I bought my dress at their brick and mortar store in MN, they have a lot to choose from. You could always just get an idea of what you want. Most dresses you can order in petite, but I was warned with some designers they change all the measurements for petites so you may have to order up a size.
Post # 4
I feel the same way about not wanting attention lol. I am not sure what your budget is but I had bought a dolly couture dress. They are really great to work with. I am waiting for my dress to arrive and am so excited to try it on.
Post # 5
Unique Vintage has a lot of great wedding dresses (here)
Here are some pictures!:
This one, up to 3X is $242
This one, on sale for $49 is in XL and 2x
This one, for $119, goes from XS to 3X, and might be my reception dress!
They have TONS for great prices. Take a look!
Post # 6
It’s not local by any means but I’d recommend Dolly Couture. They make cocktail & knee length dresses from vintage patterns- most under $700. Their showroom is in LA (I jsut got back from trying on a bunch last week) & they are great with allowing customizations at a reasonable price point (mixin & matchin skirts w/ tops & different fabrics). I’m not plus size but they have a great facebook page with alot of plus-size brides so you can get an idea for how the dresses fit in real life.
Post # 7
Thank you for the suggestions! I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I’m going to get stared at/watched on our wedding day, so I’m going to look as cute as I can, and wear something that is more comfortable (with no fear of tripping on the gown haha). I’m looking at the links right now, so many cute dresses. I’m definitely wanting the ‘retro/vintage’ look with the full circle skirt and halter style top in a tea length or similar. My budget is really small for a dress, probably not going to be able to spend more than $700 tops.
Post # 8
@Sweet_Tea: doesn’t mean you can’t get something amazing. $700 is WAY more then I spent. Check David’s Bridal, Unique Vintage, and all the pre owned sites too.
If you have a designer dress in mind, dressilyme and jasmine’s bridal are trusted ‘replica’ dress sites.
Lightinthebox.com is overseas too, but legit. Well made too.
Post # 9
Okay Bees, I think I found what I’m looking for in a dress! Now all I need to do is find a dressmaker here in Jacksonville to make my dream come true! 🙂
Dress will be very similar to this one (sorry it’s dark, I had to edit the pic to see detail better):
Post # 10
@Sweet_Tea: ME TOO! I look taller in short dress. I have a smaller budgety and am going for vintage. Look at etsy.com. I am getting a custom knee length dress that I helped design for $230. The shop I’m going through has awesome reviews, the woman is from china but does most of her dresses for women living in the states. (I’d rather pay the maker directly, rather than pay $$$$ for a dress that was probably made by 20 people in a chinese factory, then marker up %50 by a store) Anyway… I’m ordering through wonderxue… I will post a link to an example of her work, but be sure to look at her other stuff, she has a lot of designs and don’t be afraid to ask for something unique!
Post # 11
im a dress maker but live far from you, but i know where i could get that EXACT lace for you, would consider odering from someone far away?
Post # 12
I’d consider ordering it, but I’d have to go get sized, no clue what size in wedding attire I’d be. Only bad thing is, where would I order it from? Another country? I’ve been hearing lots of horror stories from others who’ve bought dresses online and they turned out bad. 🙁
Post # 13
I’ve ordered my tea length dress from a maker in London, England. She has great reviews and I’ve been able to customize my dress as satin with a black mesh polka dot overlay, and red sash, with a custom brooch and still keep it under $300, shipping included. Now I just can’t wait to see it when it’s done!