(Closed) Mean Saleswomen??

posted 8 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Most people who work in the bridal industry are very sweet. 

If somebody’s rude to you for your size, just walk out.  Her loss of commission.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ok, I got angry that you’re even slightly worried about this, and forgot to answer your question.

I’m a street size 12/14.  I found that in a lot of stores they were very helpful.  However, some had unrealistic expectations of “getting an idea” for a dress in a size 6, and would try to squeeze me in.  That kind of made me feel bad, looking like a stuffed sausage. 

I found that there was a bit of a black hole for samples for me.  Many samples were either a 6/8 and then nothing till a size 18/20.  I had to use my imagination a lot.

I never had anyone who seemed mean to me because I wasn’t super thin.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

It’s in their interest to sell you the dress so more than likely, they’ll be nice. And if she’s not, then leave!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Try and get a plus size consultant if you can. Thay way she can relate with you when you talk about your trouble spots.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I am also a 18/20 and was VERY nervous about this as well and just not being able to try on dresses. I am a very self conscious person so I was also very uncomfortable with the idea of a skinny girl helping me. I went to 5 different places and I have to say none of the people made me feel uncomfortable. I loved 2 stores because on let my sister help me with all the dresses, they were very nice and helpful though, the other the girl was plus size as well so she was great. Davids bridal was fine. The last shop I went to I didn’t particularly care for, and the girls helping me were itty bitty, but still were so nice, i was ok. No one was rude or judgmental at all. I loved the experience and really miss it, i didn’t want to stop! 🙂 What part of the country are you going shopping in? And by the way those ladies had me in dresses as small as a 10 or 12 I believe, it’s their job they really know how to help you.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Most will have 1 maybe 2. Is there a DB in your area. I know you have probably heard horror stories about them but at least try them out so you can get an idea of what you’re looking for. Go to DB and see if you can speak with a plus size consultant and get to know her a little. Then set up an appt. She will be there to listen to your concerns and help point you in the right direction of what dress will look best on you. I’m a bridal consultant for an online wedding dress company and it is so hard to tell brides what dress will look best on them through a computer screen.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

So, I have no idea where you’re located, but forever ago I was looking into bridal salons near my parents, and I stumbled across a salon that specializes in plus sized gowns. They carry plus sizes from designers like Maggie Sottero and Allure, so they’re not just frumpy stuff. 

This is located in Logansport, Indiana, so this may not even be close to you, but maybe you could do some research and see if you can find something like this near you?

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Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Since you’re tall you might be able to pull off the empire waist look. I put on a drop waist gown and FELL IN LOVE with it. I felt thin and really good about my self. I ended up getting an a-line style but we’re going to add beading on the hip to make it look like a drop waist and take it in some. Make sure you feel comfortable. Sit down when you’re in the dresses too. You’ll be sitting down for dinner and most brides don’t think about that when trying on dresses. Make sure you try on a veil and jewelry too so you get the whole experience of being a BRIDE!!!! Enjoy yourself.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

When you call to make an appointment, ask what sizes they carry for sample gowns – I know many are fairly limited, but when I went to Memories in Kalamazoo, I was really impressed that they had a range of sizes – the sample of the dress I actually bought was a size 20 – so there are plenty of stores that are accommodating. 

When you make your appointment, you can also express your concerns so that the salesperson you are with can be (extra) helpful & understanding. Like others have said, if someone is mean/rude because of your weight, just find another bridal store – you dont want to work with someone who isnt professional and respectful anyway!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I had the same concern before I went dress shopping.  I’m a size 18/20, and I tried on gowns from size 14 to size 24.  I agree with others that David’s Bridal is a good starting point, I easily tried on 10 different gowns and found styles that I liked better (A-line, empire waist, or ballgown).  Alfred Angelo is another that has plus sizes, if there is an AA signature store nearby they will have plenty of gowns in plus sizes to try on.  No one was mean to me about my size, and I went to 4 or 5 different stores.  Some of the ladies helping me were thin some were bigger, all were friendly. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Teacherbee (woohoo Sactown!) there is an AA Signature Store in Roseville! I grew up in Sacramento and I’ll be making a long-ish visit home this June. I was thinking of doing some dress shopping with my sister while I was there and the AA store is on my list to check out. If you stop in, I’d love to hear what your experience is like.

 

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