Another plus-size girl chiming in here… You’re not alone!!
When I read your post, my first thought was, "Geez, my friends are going to read this and think I’ve moved on to complaining on WeddingBee now…" It sounds exactly like me!
Hang in there… I went to probably 9 bridal shops, cried in some but also had a few exceptional experiences. Call ahead and ask them if they really do have dresses in sizes 20 and up. I’ve had places come back with a count for me because the second dress shop I went to claimed they did–turns out they had TWO!
Ok, I’m not going to complain. 🙂 Just trying to think about what’s helpful. I totally understand about DB and although I went there and they had a good selection, I didn’t *love* any of the dresses and the service was bad. I had a posse there helping me so it didn’t matter so much that the attendant person wasn’t.
I ended up finding a specifically plus size shop that opened January 1st (I think my appointment was for the 3rd!) and that was a great experience, although since they were just starting out, they only had 8 dresses. For anyone in Minnesota, it’s Rubenesque Bridal in Savage (very close to Burnsville tho). The owner, Cynthia, is super sweet. I didn’t end up getting a dress there though–I just didn’t love any of the dresses I tried.
I pretty much knew that I was not going to be able to hold up a dress to my body or have it hanging off of me and order it based on that. I flat out refused to try on dresses that *really* didn’t fit. If they were a size off or something more reasonable, OK. But a size 10? Yeah right. I completely understand and agree with your desire to see yourself in the dress–I think it’s important!
So, there’s hope–I found my dress at a long-established reputable and locally owned bridal shop here in MN. It turns out they have a women’s department! I pretty much knew the second I put the dress on that it was the one.
Funny thing is, it’s also a Mori Lee (style 2108)–It looks like many other brides on this thread also found that Mori Lee worked for them!
Here is my dress and if you can believe it, I think it looks better on me!!
I really have to stop posting at 4am…I think I talk to much when I’m tired. Sleep avoidance, probably. 😉