(Closed) for the plus size bride

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I went to a bridal salon and it was horrible- the only plus-sized gowns they had were hideous and obivously old and had been in the shop forever.  They had no idea that a street size 20 COULD NOT just squeeze into a size 8 bridal gown!

I left there feeling like crap- and I had called ahead to make sure they had dresses for me to try on.

My next stop was David’s Bridal and it was awesome.  I had a very nice experience and dozens of dresses in my size or one size up or down that I could easily try on and get an accurate idea of how I would look.  I found my dress there and couldn’t be happier.

Post # 4
2249 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2021

nothing like a size 18 standing behind a size 0 dress trying to “imagine” it on you. I refused to do that, my self esteem doesnt need that kind of crap!

If you insist on only going to places with dresses in a variety of sizes, you will find one!

Post # 5
546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I am dreading it.  I am getting married in June and am now freaking out that I haven’t been yet and won’t find anything.  I was in Davids last weekend picking out Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses and it seemed like it was going to be better than I am anticipating.  

Still not looking forward to it though…and I do not plan on going to a bridal salon.  Hopefully Davids will have something I like.  

@Rosychicklet What dress did you end up getting, if you wouldn’t mind sharing?

Post # 6
1408 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I only went to shops that carried dresses I could try on. Holding a dress up in front of me and figuring out if I’d like it on (as happened once or twice) is just an experience in suck. I ended up buying my dress custom made online from an amazing etsy seller (cici bridal).

Post # 7
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

@Miss Britt- I got my dress right off the rack because it was being discontinued.  I don’t know if it ever had a name, and I don’t remember the item number, but I’ll post a picture below.  It was supposed to just have wide spaghetti straps, but I put sleeves on it (David’s has premade sleeves you can purchase for them to put on).

I think you’ll like the selection at David’s.  I had tons of options to try on I didn’t feel out of place or anything.  Good luck!

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Post # 8
1229 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

It was a bit frustrating at times, but I ended up finding the amazing Jim Hjelm gown that I had been looking for.  Tried it on (in a size 8 sample size) and ordered it that day!

Post # 9
434 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I started out at Davids Bridal because I was certain they’d have samples I could try on, but after calling a few local boutiques, I was surprised to find that they also had several options for me to try on.

I ended up finding a dress at Davids that I really liked, but when I went to the boutique, I found the dresses to be higher quality with nicer fabrics. I ended up trying 4 dresses on at DB, and about 12 at the Boutique.

I took lots of pics of al the dresses I tried on at DB, and showed them to the girls at the boutique. I showed her my favourite dress that I found at DB, and she pulled a dress out for me that was a Maggie Sottero, and essentially the same as the DB one, but with more BLING!

I was in love, and it became my dress!

Post # 10
1765 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I actually tried DB and a bunch of bridal stores and the two I had the most luck with were the Brides Against Breast Cancer/Making Memories and a now defunct plus size bridal shop in atlanta, The Silver Lining. I ended up getting my dress at the Silver lining, and I wish that place was still in business so I could refer people to it–they were SO NICE, had amazing dresses from designers like Jasmine, Maggie, Mon Cheri and others, and the place itself was actually more salon like and less “bridal store”. Sad that I only found it two days before it closed!

Post # 11
25 posts
  • Wedding: May 2010

Yea, I had a couple horrendous experiences trying on dresses… made me dread going – my mom and sister had to force me to go!  I’m a size 16 and my sister is a size 8, so of course, she had to try on the dresses that wouldn’t even fit over my hips.  Finally, just before I was going to buy this one dress (not fully sure of how it would look on me), I made an appt at a new place to check out some new dresses, just in case.

Lucky me, they had a huge array of sizes and I was able to find one that I LOVE and my sister didn’t have to try on!!

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