(Closed) Plus size bridesmaid …..help me fnd her a dress she will love!

posted 5 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I am plus size and was recently a bridesmaid in a wedding. I had to wear a strapless dress and with a large chest it was awful! Definitely look for something with somewhat thick straps. David’s Bridal in Mississauga carries some plus size bridesmaids dresses. Most bridal stores can and will order in plus sizes for an extra fee

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Why dont you just go with Alfred Angelo?

It would make more sence to make your BM feel like one of the girls, than the odd ball out. IMO anyway

I think you may have a hard time finding a BM in plus size sample size….normally I think they just try the sample on and order it in correct size.  Or hold it up to her.

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m pretty sure AA does have a plus size fee.  I was a bridesmaid a few years ago, and by their measurements was a size 22 in the hip so they wanted me to order that size and pay a premium for it.  It was strange because the sample was a 10 and not THAT small on me, so I ordered the 16 because I sure as heck wasn’t paying for extra fabric just to chop it off and be charged again for the pleasure.  I can’t remember exactly where the cutoff was for sizing, but between them measuring small and the cutoff being at least at 22, she might get hit with it, unless things have changed in the last couple years.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Another possible solution, depending on what your wedding dream is: let her pick her own dress, period – not necessarily from the particular line.

I have 3 BM and my MOH, and they are vastly different shapes and sizes. It would be difficult to find something that suited them all, and the cost of going to a bridal store for offical “bridesmaid” dresses is prohibitive anyway.

I am giving them the colour swatch, and letting them find a dress that they love, will be comfortable in, and will not break their bank. That way, my bustier MOH can find something to keep the cookies in the jar, while my super-skinny BM can find something to boost her shape! (The other two are sort of in the middle.)

Anyway that’s just another option.

If the dresses must all match, then I guess keep looking for something that will work, and good luck. If she is feeling awkward about her body, what about trying on dresses just the two of you? It might feel more comfortable for her that way.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Rehema:  I don’t think anyone, plus size or not, always needs to try on the actual dress to know  how it is going to look on them.I have been a BM a couple of times where my local salon did not carry the sample nor would they bring it in. I just tried on similar styles to get an idea of how it would look.

I am quite sure that by now she knows what styles look best on her. Dresses can have many different embellishments but there are really only a few basic styles- A line, empire, natural waist, sheath etc.

She can try on dresses in her local plus size store to refresh her memory, then order by measurements. It is always best to order for the largest area of the body. The rest can be taken in.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Rehema:  As a plus-size girl myself, I feel your BM’s pain.  It is VERY important for us to be able to try on a dress because, even if we know what silhouette looks good on us), the fit varies wildly depending on the dress.  How lovely of you not to pooh pooh her concerns like others might.  It sounds like she may have to get used to the idea that her dress will be different from the others’.  Different doesn’t have to mean bad.  Different can mean special.

Also, have you/has she tried any department stores?  I was SHOCKED at what I was able to find there.  I’m not in Canada, though.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I feel you. I have a tiny bridesmaid, one who’s average size, one who’s short but a big girl (though she’s in the process of losing weight), one who’s a tall big girl, and my MOH who is tall and bigger because she’s so tall (and has lost over 100lbs). Initially, I said, here’s the color and the fabric type, find a dress that looks good and is affordable for you. They wanted more structure, so I decided to go through Dressilyme. They have tons of styles in the fabric that I want, and can make them in any color, and can do custom sizes for $15 extra.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Anything light and flowy, not a bright colour, and sleeves or straps, go to plus size shops and see what looks good. 

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