(Closed) Looking for wedding dresses in size 22 and up

posted 11 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
967 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I haven’t even started looking yet (just got engaged!) but I am nervous as I’m jeans size 20/22! I have a very hourglass figure and am more like a 16/18 on top so I’m curious how this is going to go. Thanks for your experience, I hope mine is similar!! I’ll have to check out Alfred Angelo, I’ve never heard of it! Glad you found something beautiful for your big day!! 

Post # 5
1980 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I wish y experience had been that good. Sigh. I went to an AA in Austin and I’m a street size 16 and I couldn’t even zip up anything in the AA store. It was a huge dissapointment.

Post # 6
195 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I ended up with a great dress by Maggie Sottero but I also had a good experience at the Alfred Angelo salon in Lancaster, PA. They did have plus sized boleros in stock, so I got to try them on and I ended up buying one!

Post # 8
5992 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

what a great dress story – and im so glad you found your dress!!! 

Post # 9
1980 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

They had maybe 5 that were in Bridal sizes 22,24, and 26. Five total. NONE in bridal size 20, which is what I would need. I was so dissapointed. I couldn’t really tell what anything looked like in the mermaid style dresses because I couldn’t get them over my hips (they were very fitted and the biggest size they had was a Bridal size 16, which is probably more like a street size 12). I had to just hold stuff up in front of me. There were a few corset style dresses in Bridal size 14 that I wiggled into, but they couldn’t be laced up and I couldn’t get an idea of how well supported my bust would be. Sigh. I may hit up David Bridal next, although dealing with them was a nightmare 2 years ago when I was a Maid/Matron of Honor. Wish me luck!

Post # 10
453 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I ended up ordering mine from a local bridal salon, but didn’t try it on or anything-in fact, I didn’t try anything on. I’m an encore bride though and was absolutely sure that I wanted something very simple. I ended up with an Aurora d’Paradiso in a heavy ecru chiffon over satin-floor length.

I do have horrid memories from my first wedding though when it came to trying on dresses-I had things pinned to me, clips all over to give me “an idea” of what it would look like. That was over 16 years ago-things have come a long way since then.

My biggest challenge now has been finding an appropriate undergarment.

Post # 11
19 posts

The bridal industry has come a long long way in the last 15 years.  When I started managing a salon in the late 90’s, there were very few quality dresses in plus sizes. Most manufacturers made dresses up to a size 24, or what was called a 42/44 but the fit was just awful.  The shoulders were way to wide, the bust was really way off.

Alfred Angelo was one of the first company to come into the market with a true plus size bridal gown that was actually fashionable.  Also, Mon Cheri.  P C Mary’s too.  One by one, each company has realized that the plus sized market is an important customer.  It has been up to the bridal salons to carry more samples in these sizes.  The salon that I worked for from 1997 – 2002 carried the most plus sizes in our area.  The owner and I were both plus sized and so I guess we were sympathetic. 

Girls, love your curves.  Get the best undergarments that you can.  I reccomend Goddess.  Their bras are not the prettiest, but they have the best support.

If you bought your dress at an Alfred Angelo salon, check about your alterations and see if they are done locally, or sent out.  From what I have heard from my former employer, not all the AA stores do their alterations in house. 


Post # 12
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’m a street size 20-22 and went to David’s Bridal.  I was a new bride and hadn’t heard such stories yet.  They were GREAT!  I seriously tried on about 25 dressed that zipped all the way up and some that were TOO big and had to use clips to secure.  My dress is from their designer collection, an Oleg Cassini and they had that in my size as well which was so fabulous.  I don’t think I could have bought a gown without wearing it!

I will say I think it depends on the DB location – I went to one in Richmond, VA and then my alternations and things are taking place in Louisville, KY.  I don’t want this to come across the wrong way, but both of these towns seem to have better attitudes towards plus size women, than say NYC or LA or another trendy city.  Just my opinion though – for all I know DB in those cities could have the same plus size selection!

Post # 13
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I’m a street size 12 (bridal 16) and maybe it’s just the area I live in but I couldn’t find any store which had a good selection of larger sized gowns. So I got on the phone and started calling bridal stores outside of my area and found a shop called Debbie’s Bridal and WOW they were amazing! It took almost 3 hours to get to this shop but it ws worth the drive.

The store had at least 15 dresses in my size (perfect fit) in all price points and styles. After 2 hours of trying one dress on and then another, I found “the one” and it cost less than 1/2 of my dress budget!

Just don’t give up looking and be open minded to traveling outside of your area to get a wider selection.

Post # 14
1229 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I had some of the same anxiety as you did before I went dress shopping!!  I am a street size 16-18 and was nervous that I wouldn’t find anything I would love.  I was thriilled to find that Jim Hjelm made the dress I fell in love with in my size (and bigger) and I got to wear a couture gown for my wedding day!  All that worrying for nothing….I wish I had known.Thanks for sharing your story…hopefully it will comfort some other brides going through the same anxiety 🙂

Post # 16
1765 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I want to second Damselfly–I have a Mon Cheri and it is FAB! I’m a 24.

Also, Aurora D’paradiso is good too! Theirs are plus only!

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