Post # 1
I am getting married in September, but I started looking for dresses for the bridal party in February because I do not believe in waiting until the last minute. I like to leave time to handle unexpected catastrophes. Thank God I didn’t wait to start shopping with my BMs, because I’ve learned that it is virtually impossible to find a decent gown over a size 22. Two of my bridesmaids are bigger girls and I’ve had the hardest time finding anything that fits. David’s bridal carries 2 gowns in a size 30, which one of my BMs requires, and it was too short and too small. Does anyone know of any companies that carry larger dresses (30 or 32)? I am getting married on the beach, so I am looking for chiffon gowns because they look "beachy". My bridesmaids are both chesty (as am I), so I didn’t think a strapless gown would be an option. Most strapless gowns don’t fit in the bust because the cups are too shallow. I am at my wits end. My local bridal shop wants me to have the girls order their dresses by next month to leave ample time for shipping and alterations, which is causing me to panic. If you have any suggestions or comments, please feel free to respond to this post. This is the dress my matron of honor and I have chosen for her(the dress on the left). I would like to find a similar style for the bridesmaids.
Post # 3
Maybe just try going to a shop they generally buy clothes from and try to find a nice dress? I know it’s not ideal, but it can still look nice. Some designers carry separates. Have you tried looking at those? (I don’t know what size they go up to)
Post # 4
Maybe you could go the custom route? I don’t know much about it, but that could be an option you could look into.
Post # 5
I would definitely suggest visiting a reputable seamstress in your area and talking to them to see what is possible OR you could try an etsy alchemy request and have the dress made in their measurements. Are you having all the girls wear the same dress, or are they wearing different dresses in the same shade? If your bridesmaids have a wide range of body types, you might give them a color and ask them to choose a dress or have one made that they feel comfortable in…
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2020 - St. Charles Borromeo Church/Jefferson-Orleans North
DaVinci Bridal has bridesmaids dresses in up to 30W. You could look there for a similar style, and ask local bridal shops if they carry this brand to try to match up swatches to the best of your ability.
You can also check out http://www.alight.com for dresses up to size 30 if you can’t find anything there. 🙂
Best of luck!!
Post # 7
I also thought about pant suits. It would be chic, but I always envisioned my bridesmaids would wear dresses.
Post # 8
What about just ordering the dresses in the largest size and ordering a few yards of extra fabric?
I did this once because I needed some extra fabric to build up the bust area (and keep my chest from falling out) and it worked great.
Post # 9
Thanks, Rosychicklet. I will probably have to end up ordering the extra fabric. My goal was to select a nice, budget friendly gown, since one of my BMs is unemployed. It’s just turning out to be a huge expense. My Maid/Matron of Honor is already spending more on her dress for my wedding than she did for her own.
Post # 10
I too had a variety of sizes/shapes so I told them the color, floor length, in satin from Alfred Angelo and told them to pick their own dress. The bustier girls actually picked out strapless dresses. I was surprised they went for them, but they looked good and weren’t falling out. But you can add spagetti straps at no extra charge.
My wedding is also in sept (early sept) and they will be ordering this week or next. You should definately have them order within a month. Just incase, you don’t want them to not have dresses. I’m getting freaked out myself because they haven’t ordered. But I’m sure they will come in before the expected 14-16 week mark. You just want them to have their dresses with ample time not only for alterations, but just in case the wrong size, color, dress whatever was sent. It happens to some people. Hopefully not us.