(Closed) Dress depression

posted 8 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am totally with you!  I hated that there were no mirrors, and i think it is an awesome idea to bring a full-length mirror along.

However, you are going to LOVE trying on dresses!  You will find a dress that makes you feel amazing!  And, along the way, you will find quite a few that make you feel not so amazing.  Everyone experiences that, because not every dress works for every person! 


But seriously, try to have fun!!!  

Post # 4
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Most designers carry an extended size range.  Unfortunately, most bridal shops do not have plus-size samples.  David’s Bridal is great for figuring out which silhouettes you like.  Go during a weekday evening, when hardly anyone is in the store.  However, I would definitely recommend looking beyond there.  Mori Lee has the Julietta line, which I think has some beautiful designs.  You probably have until next March or April to make a decision.  Take your time and do some digging–you might be surprised what you find.

Post # 5
2867 posts
Sugar bee

@UpstateCait:So I went two days ago to David’s Bridal, and the lady I had helped my two Bridesmaids and me.  My sister is a 16W and my best friend is a 12, I’m a 20W.  They had a huge selection.  Very helpful with me, they helped me get into gowns.  It took a lot of courage at first to actually do leave the dressing room but once I did, I felt great.  It also helped that there was another plus size bride and plus size bridesmaids there too.  They looked at me and smiled when I tried a couple of gowns, said I looked great.  Just go in there with people you know will be supportive, I’d also try to make sure you go in during nonpeak time period if you don’t want a lot of people to be in there with you.  I went another place first and they had mori lee and other various designers, and were very unhelpful.  I went into both uncertain with my size, and after David’s bridal, I knew my dress size.  They asked a bunch of questions, what my theme was, color scheme, preferred dress sillouette, if I liked lace, beading, type of fabric, and pant size.  They also gave me the name of the manager of the store in case I needed more assistance.  The staff were so patient and understanding.

Post # 7
617 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Call around to stores… don’t count the designer boutiques out!!!! I tried a store after having no luck with DB and a couple other stres. Surprisingly, not only did they have a rather LARGE plus size collection, they were wonderful with helping me pick the right dress. And it is considered a designer boutique. The shop is in Buffalo which is several hours from you but if you’re at all interested in checking them out, PM me.

Post # 8
732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club

I agree, try everything. If you’re really nervous about calling the designer boutiques, tell them on the phone that you’re a plus size and that you wear a 24. Listen closely; their reaction will tell you everything you need to know.

Do you have a good friend you can trust? I know on my first shopping trip I brought a camera with me; a friend helped me into the dresses and snapped my picture before I left the dressing room. 🙂

Here is a great blog for plus sized brides. I wish it was up & running last year, while I was engaged and looking for dresses! On the top is a great drop-down menu to find out which designers make a dress in your size (if you wear a 24, you’ll probably be between a 24 and a 30 for dress sizes, depending on your particular shape and the manufacturer). Some of them are not much more expensive than Alfred Angelo if I remember correctly, and some are cheaper (ie., Bonny Bridals or Davinci Bridal).

Good luck, I’m sure you’ll find something beautiful! 🙂

Post # 9
1221 posts
Bumble bee

i went to davids bridal at night during the week.. it wasn’t too packed! i called and asked when they had the most downtime lol

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