Post # 1
I’m getting married on October 12, in 3 months! EEK! I’m so excited! I haven’t started trying on dresses yet because we just decided on the date. I’m a size 18 and I am so scared to try on dresses. I’m afraid that dresses won’t fit me and I’ll get discouraged. Do any bigger girls that have already started trying on dresses or found their dresses have any advice?
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@carilynn92: OMG! You don’t have the luxury of waiting girl, just get out there and do it!
Give yourself a pep talk in the morning before you go try on dresses, know what looks good on your body so you don’t accidentally fall in love with something then end up hating it, that’s a day-ruiner. Make sure the shop you’re going to has samples in your size or near to it.
Good luck and HURRY!
Post # 4
@mchitt329: +1 HURRY!
Dresses take awhile to come in. Make sure you take all appropriate undergarments (bra, shaper, etc) and go in with confidence. You’ll find a great dress that you love! Call the store ahead and ask them to have samples in a size you can get on.
Post # 5
@carilynn92: Get the proper undergarments. There is nothing that hurts the self confidence more than seeing an improperly fitting dress. Plus…a great bustier holds everything in the right places 🙂
Post # 6
Please go look as of like yesterday. Most dresses take at least 6 months or more to come in unless you buy off the rack.
Post # 7
@carilynn92: I see you are in Michigan! Definitely give bombshell bridal boutique in st. clair shores a call. I know it is a bit of a drive for you, but trust me IT WILL BE WORTH IT! They may be able to find you a sample that you can take that day and they are a plus size bridal shop! All of their samples are larger sizes! Give them a call, they are wonderful and can give you lots more info! I bought my dress from them at their sample sale and cannot say enough good things about them! Hurry Call!
Post # 8
@carilynn92: HURRY!!! You definitely don’t have time to waste…. at this point you may have no other choice but to buy off the rack. Most bridal salons should at least have a small section of plus size dresses – I bought mine off the rack, for the simple reason of the 40% discount I got, rather than paying full price if I ordered. I bought mine 10 months in advance though.
I’m not sure if this is feasible for you, but I’ve always wanted to go to that store ‘Vows’, which I think is in the New Hampshire/Massachussets area, from the show ‘I Found the Gown’, as they seem to have a HUGE selection of dresses in all sizes. Maybe you can head over there if you can’t find anything local.
Post # 9
@LTD418: <– Very smart information! Always wear good foundation garments. And bring a pair of shoes with heels that are the height you will be wearing.
And if you don’t know what looks good on you, take an hour and google photos of full-figured women wearing gowns. Google “Oprah Oscar Gown.” Look at the style Oprah chooses: often off the shoulder to balance her hips and make her waist look smaller in comparison. Oprah also does not have a long neck, so she avoids halters and anything that might make her neck look even shorter. Look at what Olivia Spencer wears, and see how a dress can actually give you a shape you might not have. Christina Hendricks… note her successes and learn from her mistakes lol. Look at some photos of plus-sized brides in strapless dresses… often not the best look because the support required for these dresses adds bulk. I am also a plus size and I play this “google game” all the time when I have to shop for clothes. That will give you an idea of where to start, and you will know how to ask for what you want. Seeing how beautiful these women look will let you know that you can look beautiful, too. You will!
Also good to remember: Any dress can be a bridal gown. If it is a flattering style on you and is in a type of fabric that compliments the wedding you are having, then it is a bridal gown. You aren’t limited to specialized bridal shops where all the dresses basically look the same. Step out of that box and check out other sources. Have fun!
Post # 10
- Wedding: April 2014 - Morton Arboretum
@carilynn92: you need to get out and get a dress ASAP. Because of time your selection may be limited. Call around and start shopping.
Post # 11
@carilynn92: HURRY! I ordered my dress from David’s about a month ago and it’s due to come in August, most other bridal shops will not abe able to do that for you since it can take up to 9 months for a dress to be made and shipped – even then you’ll have fittings. Obviously my dress may be here sooner than August but if you want the dress of your dreams instead of the dress you had to get because you waited too long you’ll be upset. Even then you may end up having to purchase a dress in the store instead of ordering one.
Edit: here’s my advice, don’t let your size define you or the bride you want to be. Sure there will be bridal consultants who don’t understand that just because you might be bigger doesn’t mean you want to wear an a-line halter top gown with rouching (looking at you first bridal consultant I ever had) but you just need to communicate with them. Don’t be afraid to just say “Can I look around?” every shop I went to allowed me to do this (I went to about 4-5) and make sure to bring a friend with you who isn’t afraid to tell you the truth. I was honestly pleasantly surprised by my experience shopping for wedding gowns, I truly expected to find myself leaving stores in tears because nothing fit and I felt left out because of my size. I feel like the bridal industry has gotten to a point where they understand that bigger girls want the same options as the smaller ones and I can honestly say that it was one of the most positive shopping experiences I’ve ever had.