(Closed) absolutely terrified to go wedding dress shopping.

posted 6 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

 

Don’t know if this is at all helpful…

http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/weddings/plus-size-bride-pictures.htm

 

I was able to go dress shopping with my auntie who was size 22 at the time. She found that ballgowns were surprisingly flattering. Corseted tops with full bottoms accentuated her curves. Also, we got hip to bridal game. We started calling stores ahead to see if they were worth our time. We asked them to scan their inventory and make sure there would be more than enough options to try on before making the appointment. Please don’t be scared to go shopping. The consultants are there to make you feel and look as good as possible. It’s their job to please you. If you call ahead you’ll be able to figure out whether a salon is worth your time at all.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

My dress was an Australian 16 which is plus sized however I needed to get it taken in as I lost a fair amount of weight.

I found A-Lines to be the lost flattering. I looked like a cupcake in ballgowns and mermaid styles made me look 10x as big.

This is a picture of me in my dress. It was a Sottero & Midgley JSM1103.

 

Post # 5
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I found that Mora Lee dresses are amazing for plus size ladies, I am obessed with mine! I have Dirty Delete boobs and don’t have to wear a bra because the dress fits that well.  I would check her designs out, also Alfred Angelo’s has a nice variety of dresses.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I was terrified too. I went to four stores in the end (and I am the same size as you) and in every store there was not one problem with trying on dresses or staff telling me I was too fat or anything like that. I never imagined it would be such a good process. Enjoy it! 🙂

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

I was terrified to go shopping too and I actually ended up having a lot of fun!! My suggestion? Try on EVERYTHING. Sometimes things that don’t look that great on the rack are amazing on!

Make sure you wear good undergarments and take the time to style your hair before you go, it makes a difference in how you perceive the whole look.

I am an 18/20 in street clothes, though not pair shaped. I found ballgown and A-Line to be the most flattering shapes, as well as the the straight across neckline. In My Humble Opinion if you have a larger chest, sweetheart necklines (though extremely popular) do not contain the girls adequately!! I should add that this one fit so well and had such good structure in the top that I do not need to wear a bra with it. I have a Dirty Delete chest and I have never been able to go braless in anything before, it’s a nice feeling!

Here is my dress, Da Vinci T8109. I am adding straps to it I think.

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

Double post, sorry!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

Wow, triple post. What is up with WB tonight??

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

+1 with the try on everything. I found fit and flare and A-Line worked best but there was one princess gown that looked really good also so it’s a great idea to try on whatever you can.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I completely understand.  I was beyond terrified to try on dresses too. Was so afraid that the shops wouldn’t have anything in my size (18w) to try but there were lots of options.  Just do a little homework first to make sure they have dresses in your size.  But please make yourself go.  I am such a tough critic of myself and was truly truly surprised. In the end I really enjoyed it!

 

GOOD LUCK and you will find the perfect dress just for you! 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I completely understand.  I was beyond terrified to try on dresses too. Was so afraid that the shops wouldn’t have anything in my size (18w) to try but there were lots of options.  Just do a little homework first to make sure they have dresses in your size.  But please make yourself go.  I am such a tough critic of myself and was truly truly surprised. In the end I really enjoyed it!

 

GOOD LUCK and you will find the perfect dress just for you! 

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I had nightmares about dress shopping. my anxiety was awful…. and it was 100% misplaced. I ended up having a good experience. One shop did suck a lot, wanting me to hold dresses in front of my body because they wouldn’t actually fit. WTF?!?! but the other two had plenty for me to try on, and were 100% supportive.

Here I am, size 16 on top, 18-20 on the bottom. It doesn’t get more “pear” than that. 🙂 A traditional A-line was definitely my best fit. Thios one had an amazing bodice structure with boning to hilight my curves.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I was terrified of dress shopping as well.  I was a 14/16 and an apple shape (big tummy area) when I went and I assumed the only thing the would work for me was an A-line dress.  Well lo and behold, my dress consultant encouraged me to try a more fitted dress and it looked better on me than I expected!  My advice to you is to not be scared and go with an open mind.  Try different styles until you find the right one.  Also, wear make-up and do your hair so that you feel prettier when you try stuff on.  And remember, SPANX are a girl’s best friend!

Here’s me when I found the one.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Count me as another bee who was terrified of the dress buying process.  I was nervous I’d be disappointed in how I look as well as scared that I’d end up with some mean/insulting consultant at the store.  Thankfully, my experience was nothing like that – I remember coming home thinking I was worried over nothing!

There’s great advice in this thread – I think the best of it all is to call ahead and make sure you go to shops that have dresses you can try on.  You could even go so far as to ask if there is a specific consultant that sort of “specializes” in working with plus sized brides.

My sister and I both worked with the same consultant – we are each others Maid/Matron of Honor, so this wonderful woman helped us each find our bridal gown, as well as pick out Maid/Matron of Honor dresses. I’m an 18/20 and my sister is a 22/24. She encouraged us to trust her, and to try on a variety of things, and she did not lead us astray even once.  

I’d also go with the PP who recommended Mori Lee.  It was completely coincidental, but my sis and I both ended with Mori Lee dresses.  My sisters was from her plus size Julietta line, and mine was from the regular line.  Hers had a bit of a fit and flare to it (or was at least fitted town through the hips) and mine is a traditional a-line.

 

Here I am in my dress…I love it!

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