Post # 1
First off, I would like to thank you for the welcome yesterday! I know I will enjoy these boards a lot.
My wedding is 8 months away, so I probably need to buy a dress soon! I am a plus size lady with some extra fluff on me. I went browse (not try on) the local bridal shops this weekend, and I found that most size wedding dresses are sizes 6-14. They did have a plus size selection that had some beautiful dresses in it; however, they were just not my style. I found the shops that had the dresses that I adored were in the lower sizes. I have checked online and the dress can be ordered in my size. Now, I am trying to lose weight for the wedding, however, I was told that I should have ordered a dress like “yesterday”.
So I guess my question is, what do they do if there is a dress that you want to try on, but it isn’t in your size? I fear going dress shopping because I know they will not have a great selection of dresses in my size to try on. I called a boutique I have been dying to go to, and they only have a hand few of dresses that are close to my size. They say buying the dress is the best part of the wedding planning, but honestly, it is the thing I have been dreading the most!!
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Hugs to you. Wedding dress shopping gave me a lot of anxiety, too. BUT I ended up having a great time dress shopping, so it was a lot of worry for nothing. Check around and see if there are any shops that exclusively carry plus size dresses within a reasonable driving range. It’s well worth the trip. Also, David’s and Alfred Angelo are both pretty good about carrying larger sizes in store to try on. Even if you plan to buy from a smaller boutique, going to one of those chain stores may be a good way to try on different silhouettes ahead of time and figure out what works best for your body and style. Good luck. 🙂
Post # 4
VERY few people go dress shopping and can try on the dresses and have them fully zip/close/whatever. The consultants are well trained in the art of clippig the dress. They get it on, and clip the dress to your bra, or whatever undergarmets you have. It really is totally possible and isn’t as bad as you think it will be – I’m a fluffy bride too 🙂
Post # 5
Dress shopping is a harrowing experience for us larger ladies. I suggest you start by calling a few places to see if they have anything in your size that you can try on.
Do you already know what types of dresses look best on your body type and what sort of style dress you want?
Post # 6
I too am fluffy and dreaded, dreaded, dreaded going dress shopping. I started at David’s which will give you a good idea of what you want, or possibly even your dress 🙂 I did a ton of research and found a smaller boutique about 1/2 from me that carries every single size under the sun. I had a fabulous experience there, felt super comfortable and the prices were amazing…mostly under $1,000. Do some quick research and call around. Not all bridal places are the same.
Post # 7
Thanks for the input ladies! I know I will certainly need an A-line dress because I have some hips on top of a huge butt! I think they would consider me pear shape because my top is much smaller than my bottom! I cried yesterday when I called one of the boutiques and the girl had that “Oh I am sorry we cannot accommodate” you tone in her voice because they only had 3 plus size dresses to try on! That is when I freaked out and quit researching! Thanks for sharing your experience and boosting my confidence again!!
Post # 8
@FutureMrsP123: Definitely go to Alfred Angelo if you can. They carry a wide variety of sizes and give you the most peronsal service in comparison to David’s. They do a great job. I can’t say enough about them.
Just make an appt first. AWESOME and they will make you feel beautiful I promise.
At David’s, I felt like a cow going to slaughter and being crammed in their tiny dressing rooms was a nightmare.
Post # 9
@FutureMrsP123: If you’re pear shaped, you should be able to get a bunch of them on so long as they’re not hip hugging and are actual, true a-lines and not drop-waist dresses. Honestly, try David’s Bridal, which has dresses in plus sizes to try on, and narrow down what you like about dresses before you go ordering your dream dress from another place.