(Closed) FF brides – any advice for dress shopping?

posted 4 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 2
451 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014
  1. wear spanx and a strapless bra. 
  2. yes it will be hot and sweaty, so take some water with you. 
  3. have pics with you of what you “think” you like and would like to try on
  4. be open – ask the consultant for suggestions for your body type
  5. most likely they won’t fit but you have to be open minded and “imagine” how it would look in the correct size…remember they can order to your exact size and make it look like it is made for you.
  6. most people go in with one mindset of what they want and end up getting something totally opposite..go with what makes you feel beautiful
  7. take pics if you can and have them take pics of the back. Wait on your decision and reevaluate the pics once you leave. (I know I had a different perspective once i looked at myself in pics)
  8. have fun. be confident in who you are right now. Smile when you see yourself in every dress. A great smile is the BEST accessory!
Post # 3
11 posts

I just recently purchsed my dress and I am a FF bride. Out of the 3 places I went to, Macys Bridal treated me like a fat bride. It was horrible.

I wore spanx and a good strapless bra to try on dresses but places like Davids Bridal carry petticoats and really good bustiers (sp?) to make dress trying on a little easier.

It is summer and it is hot out there. When you arrive to your place to start looking, take your time and if you are sweaty, dont be ashamed to go to the restroom and freshen up. I recommend doing your hair and make up nicely. This was a great experience for me, aside from the whole Macys disaster- you are a bride. Go enjoy the experience!!!

And dont feel pressured to buy right away. I tried on 10 dresses. when i went home later in the day, i kept thinking about ONE dress that i loved. I went back to try it on again to confirm and brought my BMS and Maid/Matron of Honor with me to give advice. It was a resounding YES. Follow your heart. Dont settle.

Post # 4
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

If p[ossible, find a shop that specializes in dresses for plus size brides. Being able to try on all silhouettes and really see how they look on you is an invaluable experience.

Post # 5
130 posts
Blushing bee

I’m curvy but not considered ff but I’ll say this, how you look when you go in, not weight wise but appearance wise, will determine how they treat you. I went in one day in workout clothes and they could barely be bothered to greet me (I was merely looking to see what they had). Another day I came in after church in my “Sunday Best”, hair done up etc and they treated me like royalty. I’ve noticed many stores do this. So I advise wearing your best clothes, have your hair done nicely,  etc. It’s lame and poor customer service but it’s reality. 

Post # 6
924 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I also recommend calling ahead if you know they have some dresses you are interested in, to see what size they carry it in. I would much rather be in a dress that is way too big than one that is way too small. 

Post # 7
602 posts
Busy bee

ZebraPrintMe:  definitely look into specially full figured bridal boutiques! and remember every bride gets hot, sweaty, tired, etc. while trying on dresses. it’s exhausting. plus most brides are not the standard example dress size. I am a 10/12 and the stores I went to carried sizes 8 and 22 so everything was either not getting past my boobies or hips or I was swimming in it. The sales assistant will do her best to get it on so you can “visualize” what you will look like in it.

Post # 8
756 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I would say be very open to styles, I ALWAYS wanted a ball gown but hated how then made me look. I put on a A-line and felt it was SO slimming.


Post # 9
1123 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Spanx isn’t really necessary unless you’re determined to wear it, but depending on the style you’re looking for, a strapless bra or bustier would be essential.

Post # 10
235 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Just have an open mind and go with the flow!  This is one of the fun days of weddng planning!!

Know what you don’t like and have some ideas of what you do like.  if someone suggests a certain silhouette that could flatter you, why not try it on?  What do you have to lose?  Wedding dress sizes are always kinda crazy so don’t worry about all that jazz.  My wedding dress was actually a HUGE size but since I’m getting it altered anyway, it didn’t matter.  Bring some pictures so you can have some ideas.

Go with a dress that makes you feel absolutely gorgeous, that makes you envision yourself walking down that aisle.  Only you can make the decision so don’t let others say otherwise.  If you feel it’s the one, get it, don’t settle just because someone else says it looks good or not. 


Post # 11
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Drury Lane

Someone said to “dress up” when you go.  I would agree with that.  Not just because you will be treated better, but also because it gives the consultant a better idea of your style.  Also, wedding dresses are HOT… putting on my maxi dress right after was absolute heaven!

Post # 12
30 posts
  • Wedding: July 2014

Call ahead and make sure they have plus size dresses to try on! 

Post # 13
3025 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

I’d also be sure to wear a fair amount of makeup. I always hate what clothes look like on me before I put on makeup as opposed to only sometimes hating it after. 😉

I would call ahead if it’s not a specialty FF shop. I was pleasantly surprised, in the end, to look pretty good! The corseting in those dresses is awesome!

Post # 14
1830 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I would actually disagree with the heavy makeup thing. Wear your basic, fresh face to make you feel pretty, but I would avoid heavy makeup to avoid getting it all over the dresses. Some dress shops will not allow you to try on dresses that need to go over the head if you have makeup on.

Wear undies with a butt. If you start to put on a dress and you are really not feeling it, just stop and take it off. Don’t feel like you have to put it on and parade something you hate out to the mirrors.

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