I'm basically dreading going dress shopping

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Call ahead to find a shop that stocks plenty of dresses in your size. I’m a 14 and had a blast trying on with my mom and MOH. David’s Bridal, despite their mixed reputation, was great for me. Dresses that fit my size and bidy type, good selcetion, good prices, and quick delivery, so if I do lose more weight they’ll be able to do an exchange for a smaller dres.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I got my dress at David’s Bridal and it came in very fast, just in a few weeks. If your wedding-date it correct I would do two things: start exercising and eating better + just browse for dresses, not commit to one just yet. That way you know what’s out there and what style you prefer, but you’ve not tied yourself to a specific dress size (with possible huge alterations to deal with later on if you do lose a lot of weight).

Post # 4
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303 posts
Helper bee

I hear you! I just had a baby and now I am trying to get into wedding planning mode. I still have 20 lbs to lose, but at the same time I can’t put it off forever 🙁 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

I dreaded going dress shopping because I personally hate the idea of parading myself infront my strangers and my bridal party so they can rate me. I went to a few shops but knew what I wanted and couldn’t find anything I liked to even bother trying them on. So I went to get mine custom made. I’ve really enjoyed the experience so far. 

I’m not a big girl, but I can see how getting a custom dress might be suitable to your needs 🙂 And the fit will be better!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I dreaded shopping for my dress too – I likened it to bathing suit shopping.  That said, it is a good idea to Get out there while time is on your side. Get a sense of styles you like and don’t like.  Like eocenia said, you don’t have to commit just yet.  I had a certain style in mind for myself that ended up being unflattering on my body type, but because I had started about a year off from my wedding date, I didn’t panic because I knew there was still time to find what would suit me.

And as cliche and frustrating as this advice may sound, you need to love yourself. Little changes to your lifestylenwill make a big difference – you don’t have to cut out every indulgence or spend hours at the gym. Go for a walk every day – that’s how I always get back on track. Then gradually make other changes as you feel ready and comfortable.  Ultimately, your groom fell in love with you just as you are – you don’t have to be a size 2 to be a beautiful bride.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Im with you friend. We just got engaged and are planning a wedding for 2016. I am currently a street size 14-16. I put on 40lbs in the past 2 years and am starting my weight loss journey. I have the same thoughts as you and determined to be at my ideal weight before I go dress shopping. IMO you still have a good amount of time to make the bodily changes that you want to see. Perhaps you can reschedule your shopping day for another 1-2 months to give yourself 3-4 months to lose some more weight. If weight loss will make you feel better before dress shopping, even 10lbs down will make a difference. Hope you find a happy medium 🙂

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I actually found a wedding dress on Amazon.  It’s a bridal shop so they will send it to your home, you try it on and if it’s not your dress return it.  As a bridemaid for the bagillionth time, I have to say David’ Bridal dreses are super flattering.  I’m an 18 and have always felt beautiful.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Hanover Grande Ballroom

i work at a DB and there are TONS of dresses in plus size. we have a whole section of over 200 dresses that are ‘womens’ sizes and can be ordered up to a 26

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Call the bridal salons in your area… If they have samples in a 14 or so you will be golden!  I wear an 18/20 and was able to try on lots at the bridal boutiques in my area. 

I dreaded it too and it ended up being an AMAZING experience!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

magazinegirl37:  Is there an Alfred Angelo around you? I opted to try them for my first appointment and I was sooo glad I did! I too am a 16/18 street size and all of the 18 sample sizes they put on me were too big and had to be clipped, I was estatic and felt beautiful in so many of the dresses!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I’m a 12 street size and a 14 wedding dress size. I’ve tried on 10s and 20s and they use some clips to help you visualize what the dress would look like on your size. You’ll be fine, call ahead before going to any store to make sure you have your size. Accept their suggestions too!

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