(Closed) First time dress shopping!

posted 11 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
3928 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Call the stores where you have appointments set up and ask them to set aside larger sized gowns for you. If you haven’t set up any appointments yet, you should. Weekends are very busy and you more than likely won’t get the service you deserve, if you just walk in. It is best to call ahead to make sure they have some gowns for you to try on, even if they aren’t the exact gown you want. You will first want to determine which silhouette looks best on you, then you will be able to get down to the business of which gown you want. A lot of times, the consultants will be able to clip you into a gown, even if it is too small for you. The average woman does not fit into a sample size gown, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t fit into something without being clipped. Holding up a gown in front of you doesn’t have to be a bad thing; sometimes you can get a pretty good idea of what you might look like in the gown because of the way the gown is shaped.

Post # 4
2294 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m the same as you – 20/22 street size.  I did my first appointment at David’s Bridal thinking that all I’d maybe be able to do was figure out my correct wedding dress size.  They had PLENTY of dresses in my size!!  I tried on 6-7 dresses all of which either fit perfectly or were a bit big and there were still probably 5-7 dresses that I DIDN’T try on!  πŸ™‚  I ended up finding THE dress and buying it on that very first trip!  πŸ™‚

Make sure that the shop you choose to go to has some sample dresses in your size.  To me, if I couldn’t see it ON me, I wasn’t going to REALLY know if I liked it on me.  I would also recommend that you go in ready to try on dresses that you might not have thought of.  For me, I had thought to myself “Oh I don’t want a strapless dress.  I don’t want to be doing the hoochy-mama dance all night long pulling it up down all around”.  BUT!  When I tried on dresses, I found that wedding dresses are so well structured that when I put on the strapless dresses, I felt REALLY comfortable and really good!  πŸ™‚  I LOVE the corset back for just that reason!  I tried everything – dancing, sitting, jumping, etc – and nothing made me feel like that dress was going to fall or even MOVE!  πŸ˜›

Post # 5
1818 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

my biggest advice would be dont get discouraged! even girls who are a size 8 sometimes dont fit in samples.  i did get discouraged and that almost ruined my dress shopping experience πŸ™ try places like davids bridal, and look for a plus size bridal shop (i went to one about an hour away just to try on dresses that actually fit :)) in the end i found my dream dress and the sample was actually 3 sizes too large on me (go figure). dont worry! youll have a good time πŸ™‚

Post # 6
850 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I am a size 20 as well, and I had great luck at a local bridal shop that I found online.  I had been searching websites of stores in my area and saw that one was advertising a plus size trunk show so I made an appointment to go in.  They had many dresses in size 16+ and many that fit me perfectly.  I was so surpised and relieved.  It was amazing to me how they can inch you into these dresses that are definitely too small.  I won’t lie, sometimes it was a little dissapointing when they didn’t fit right, but I was able to see what the dresses looked like on me and what style worked best for me.  The dress I ended up getting was the smallest I tried on and the toughest to picture on but I went for it, holding onto the fact that I had tried on enough dresses to know what worked for my body and what didn’t.  I just got my dress in and tried it on this weekend and OMG, I never would have imagined I could ever wear a dress like this at my size.  I am in love with it!  I definitely would call around and find out what kind of size stock the stores carry.  This particular store carries larger size bridesmaid dresses too, when most don’t.  I am happy to give them our business because of this.  I love that don’t “ignore” this part of the business segment.  Good luck!

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