(Closed) Am I the only PLUS size bride to be around here?

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Post # 62
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@Punkin325:

 

I am size 24 (22 on a good day)

I live in a very RUAL area. TERRIFIED to start looking for dresses.

I thought, gosh, i have to keep the cost down as it is. Can i afford going many miles away to find it? =(

BUT, i was in luck. I went to my 2nd salon and they had 5 dresses to try on. I was searching for something with sleeves and each dress had sleeves. WOW! I thought. Lucky me.

Each one fit, the one i chose was actually way too big for me. Alterations to take it IN, which i never thought would happen =)

 

It is very frustrating finding a dress ONLY BECAUSE many places do not carry enough. A lot would be solved, if they would just carry MORE. Don’t get it. I should open my own shop =)

Post # 63
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I went to David’s Bridal and Alfred Angelo and they have some good dresses. Look online first so you can ask for specific dresses. I also emailed a ton of salons in california and arizona to see what sizes they have. Phoenix has a plus size store called Strut that carries 14 and up. I also felt discouraged at first but many gowns can be pulled and clipped so you can see what they’ll look like. I know it’s not ideal but it really isn’t that bad. Here is the Alfred Angelo that I love!

 

Good luck!

Post # 64
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@VegasVintage:  That dress looks awesome on you!

Post # 65
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2012

If anyone is in the Northeast Indiana area, Miss Pamela’s in Rochester, IN is wonderful!!!  They are a completely plus size bridal salon.  A lot of the dress I tried on were too big for me (and I’m a size 22.)  I would highly recommend them.  I won’t post a picture of me in the dress just yet because I don’t get married unti October and I don’t want the Fiance to stumble across it.  

Post # 66
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274 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I had such a terrible experience at DB. I feel your pain, they showed me 5 dresses… that was it!!!! Why must I be limited to five dresses based on my size? I have a small waist but really large breasts. I was showed only dresses that would fit my chest. I think the consultants at DB don’t really care if you have a good experience, they dont own the shop and they are working there to get paid. Now if you go to a smaller place usually the owner will help you and THEY are more interested in making your experinece amazing because it’s their livelyhood!

 

ANYWAYS I left DB so unhappy, even more self conscious then when I went in!

I found a small botique 45 minutes from my house, I walked in and saw only about 30-40 dresses total. I immediately thought great, they are only going to have one dress for me to try on.

I tried on the sample sizes (10-12) and although the dresses were much too small, it gave me an idea of how I would look when my size came in. I felt more comfortable in too small dresses then I did at DB in dresses that fit me better, because I was not limited to plus size dresses only!

 

The dresses I tried on at the botique were not limited to “plus size”. I tried on the same dresses as a much thinner girl. I found my dress and I love it. I am having straps added because of my chest!

 

Post # 68
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Punkin325:  

Nope..not at all.  Seems to me that every bridal place we visited had smaller sizes which made it extremely difficult for ANY of my girls to get ANY kind of idea what the dress actually looked like on.  Made it quite the guessing game.  The same thing happened to me as I’m right on the border between a plus size and a regular size and I had to again, guess as I couldn’t get any of the bridal dresses they had for samples even on, but rather had to hold it in front of me and again..basically guess.

Extremely frustrating as I feel they should have larger sizes (at least a 13 or something so you can get into it and use those clips in the back if it’s too big like all the tiny girls were doing while I was there.  Even a size 16 would be nice but those you rarely see.

Why DON’T they make larger samples?

 

 

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Post # 69
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@rachel713:  

The things I found with David’s Bridal and what I didn’t care for were:

First of all they were VERY PUSHY!!  They wanted to sell me a dress THAT day and although it’s nice that they have all different sizes in the dresses so that you can actually get them ON, there were several things I didnt care for.

The Bridal Consultant took me around and had me choose several dress styles that I liked.  From there she went up to their vault and brought down a bunch of dresses I hadn’t chosen since they didn’t have my sizes in stock of the dresses  I HAD chosen to try on.

When I got to the fitting room, I found all these yucky ugly dresses that I knew I wouldn’t like right from the start that the Bridal Consultant had chosen for me (since again, they didn’t have the dresses I HAD chosen in my size).  I tried them on anyway and wasn’t happy with a single one.

The third thing I didn’t care for about David’s Bridal is that they sell you a dress that’s basically “off the rack” and you don’t get to order your dress.  You basically buy what’s in stock.  I felt that left me with kinda, “What was left over” and besides that..other people had tried on the dress that I was going to wear for my special day.

Not like that’s a big deal but if I wanted to buy a dress, “Off the rack”, I’d expect that I’d be buying a sample or something..and in the meantime, getting a considerable discount.

My feeling is that..if several people are trying on the same bridal gown..is there beading that may become loose that we just don’t see when we try it on, etc?  And will David’s Bridal be responsible for that?

In addition, I went back to David’s and thought I’d give them another chance since I really did start early looking at Bridal Gowns and wanted to make sure that I’d looked at every option before I made the big jump regarding the dress of my dreams.

I walked in the door and while waiting for a consultant, I overheard one of the leads over the consultants actually say to a woman who had her heart set on this very beautiful dress that was on one of their mannequins.  She said, “Well, this is what we have in stock..but you’re going to have to lose some weight in order to try it on..we have 100’s of other dresses that our consultants would love to choose for you..”

In other words..pick a winner..if we don’t have it in your size..either lose some weight down the road and you can try it on..OR..choose something else.

THAT turned me off completely and we walked right out.

I’m glad that you had a wonderful experience with David’s!!  They’re in business for a reasona and I’m sure they’ve made very many brides happy.

Just not this one..:)

 

 

 

 

Post # 70
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@cwat12:  

It’s so nice to hear someone put words to those of us “in-betweeners”!!

You can’t tell me that there aren’t many of us “second weddingers” that are a size 13 or more that there isn’t a market for them carrying larger sample sizes.

When I asked the Bridal Consultant about this where I bought my Bridal Gown, she told me that they get in what they get in and have no control over it?

Is this true??

Post # 71
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I suggest Patricia’s South Bridal in Fort Lauderdale, FL. They don’t specialize in plus sized but they had a nice/decent selection aide from Alfred Angelo or DB.   It could be that I got lucky with my sales girl but she was great and made me feel comfortable.  I had my fair share of disrespect at other salons though.  I’m a size 20 in bridal but can shimmy into a 12 if need be and I had some reps who didn’t even want to bother as if they don’t need the sale! My a$$ might be fat, but my wallet is too! Is thin girl money worth more than a chunky girls? Only thing is I’ve found the boards pretty helpful for plus size items in posts/boards, you just have to dig around some more. The dress I love was a teeny sample 6, so I am ordering blind :/

Post # 72
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44 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

This is a little late to help the original poster, but maybe it will reach another bride. There is an exclusively Plus Size Bridal Salon in PIttsburgh, PA called Koda Bridal. Marybeth, the owner, was so awesome, and I found my dress on my first try. It was so amazing to know that I could literally try on ANY dress in the store. I found a gorgeous organza Karelina Sposa dress with fabuous swarovski beading that would never have come in a sample I could have tried on in another store… What a blessing! 

Post # 73
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Not at all!  I’m a 20/22 and live in the DC area too.  I got my dress at Curvaceous Couture in Columbia, MD.  I highly recommend it!  http://www.curvaceouscouture.com/

The atmosphere was nice and most of the dresses I tried on were TOO BIG!  It was a huge relief.  I went from dreading the dress shopping process to wanting to keep trying dresses on!

 

Post # 74
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Size 16/18 but with my bust, they were putting me in 22’s.

 

My best advice for you? Go to stores, NOT salons. Salons will get you the personal feel but they generally only have one size per dress. Stores who only carry one brand (David’s Bridal, Alfred Angelo, etc) generally have multiple sizes of the same dress. Remember, it doesn’t have to close, you just have to get the general idea of how it looks.

 

Good luck! I was terrified of dress shopping because of my size. In fact, thanks to my stupid chest, I ended up stuck in a size 8 dress for half an hour. But I found my dress and so will you!

Post # 75
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145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I found a plus sized store in Pittsburgh (Koda, just like a poster before me) where I was able to try on every single dress they had and I was swimming in some of them! I’m a 18/20 usually street sized. I ended up buying mine online, but it was a great feeling being able to try on anything there. =) I had also tried a normal store and they didn’t have very much, some, but the girl was super nice about it and everything. 

Post # 76
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Newbee

If you’re near it, there’s also Curvaceous Couture in MD. They ONLY carry plus sized gowns. I went there once to try on dresses and was going to buy mine from there, but mine got discontinued and due to unforseen financial cirmcustances we had to push back the wedding, so I’ll probably be going back again to try on dresses, again. They were all wonderful and nice (and understanding when my fiance and I lost our jobs.) I’m a street size 26-28 (depending on the dress)

Post # 77
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407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Morton Arboretum

NOTE  ***  I have not been to thes salons yet but have emailed them and get great responses.  ****

1) So I hear there is this great store in a little town that has over 200 dresses all in sizes 16 – 34, MISS PAMELA’s Bridal Salon.  AND THOSE ARE ACTUAL  sample sizes, so they claim….  so I emailed them.  They are very responsive.  I am going to look through the designers they carry and email them back a list of dresses to see what they may have.  But here is there website.  I hope to get more feedback from them on styles that I am leaning towards. 200 dresses in plus sizes if this place is true to form, it maybe the dress mecca.

http://www.misspamelasplus.com/

On another wedding site they have great reviews, see weddingwire. 

2) Here Comes the Bride in Addison, IL

3) Vera’s House of Bridal – Madison, WI

4) The Crystal Bride in Geneva, IL


PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHERS.  I am looking for a great customer service experience and lots of dresses to try on to find just the perfect one.  I am not settling in life or love, so why settle with your wedding dress!!!

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