(Closed) Bridal Salon Annoyances…..

posted 6 years ago in Full Figured
  • poll: Did you have problems due to your size at the salons you went to?
    No, I absolutely felt like a princess through the whole experience! : (26 votes)
    37 %
    Yes, but it wasn't all that bad, just a little extra tugging. : (31 votes)
    44 %
    Yes, I was upset by all the problems: underwear, sample sizes, alterations, attitudes, etc! : (14 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 4
    Hostess
    8576 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I had a horrible experiance at davids bridal, and i’ll never go back ever!

    Almost all of their dresses were a size 8 and I have really wide hips so that wasn’t happening, even though they claimed to have plus sizes to try on. There were 3 of the most hideous dresses available for me to try on [im a street size 18], which were almost like roman costumes! Awful.

    Oh well. Stuff happens.

    I have since decided that it’ll be getting a dress [or two or three!] made from china in my custom size.

     

    Post # 5
    Member
    430 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    You go gril!!  I luckily had an okay experience.  I had my own strapless bra that I brought and the boning I need for my skirt was good for any shape.  It did suck though that most of the samples were all size 2-10 with only two racks with larger sizes. They magically got a bridal size 8 dress onto my bridal size 20 dress body.  Of course there were gaps but they made it work.  I do agree that there need to be more salons that cater to those who are more curvey than the typical bride!~

     

    Post # 6
    Member
    3415 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

    I’m a street size 8 and I even had an awful experience at one bridal salon. At the time I was a little bigger maybe a street size 12. I went to a local salon to try on dresses and every single dress was a size 4!!! I felt like a stuffed sausage. I asked the consultant why all their dresses were so small when the average bride is a size 8 or larger. Her answer was the manager was getting married so she bought all the sample dresses in size so SHE would have a better idea how they would truly fit on her on her big day. I was so appalled I didn’t buy my dress from them. I’m sure a perk for working at a bridal salon and owning one is having first pick over top names and dresses but if you are only thinking of yourself and not the customers/brides there is something wrong. 

    No bride should have to feel so stressed and unflattering while dress shopping. Go get ’em girl!

    Post # 7
    Member
    280 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @jenilynevette:  Boo on your DB experience!  I had a great one, but I think it may have been a fluke lol.  I’m a street size 18 too and was able to squeeze into some size 14 gowns to try on.  My store had a good selection of plus size but they were your typical shapeless plus size gowns and nothing really my style.  I wish their stores were more consistent 🙁

     

    Post # 8
    Member
    668 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    In regards to the bras… perhaps you might want to invest in your own that fits? I know that’s an expense, but I found it kind of icky to wear the salon bras (even though I’m a 34-C, so more of a “standard” size).

    Post # 9
    Member
    3141 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We are a bit lucky as there is a bridal salon in Vancouver that caters to plus size women. I visited there more than once and it was nice to fit into the dress, or even have it be too  large. they were very nice. However what I found that was disappointing to me was that all the styles were the same and I had a hard time finding the unique and full ball gowns near my size. There was also a new salon in abbotsford that decided to cater to plus size as well. 

    Post # 10
    Member
    3141 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    And I agree that if you want the full dress experience that you invest in your own bra that fits you right as you may need it for your gown anyways 

    Post # 11
    Member
    299 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I am from Michigan and we have one salon in the state that specializes in bridal attire size 14+. I drove 5 hours to shop there and had a great experience! Totally worth the drive. They had a great selection and in so many sizes. As silly as it sounds I never thought I would get “clamped” into a wedding dress like you see on tv. I did and it felt great. My size was never an issue while trying on any of the dresses. The owners said there are only 6 plus size salons in the country. We need more of these salons. We shouldn’t be denied a positive dress experience because we aren’t a size 6. 

    Post # 12
    Hostess
    8576 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @BulldogBride:  Thats awesome! I don’t even know if there’s a plus sized bridal salon near me, but I doubt it! Probably one heck of a drive!

    Post # 14
    Member
    595 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @jalday01:  

    I had a great experience. I went to a shop that had only been open five months. The lady had opened it for the same reasons you have given, she has become very busy. Within the five months she had gained 50 brides which may not seem a lot but, she is now filling her appointments very quickly and gaining new brides every week.

    I think you should definitely consider this.its fantastic but, to begin with an expensive thinng.

    Post # 15
    Member
    2869 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Aww, I’m sorry you had to deal with all that crap! I bought my dress at David’s Bridal and that’s the only salon I went to.  They had dresses for me to try on in size 18 and 20 and plenty of long-line bras and petticoats – I felt no different from any other size bride.  Maybe try there. 

    Post # 16
    Member
    55 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Oh, my.  I’d never even dared hope for such a thing as a plus-size bridal salon.  I say go for it!  I, for one, will be disappointed you hadn’t done it before I bought my dress. 😀

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