(Closed) Nervous about actually being able to try on dresses…

posted 6 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
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786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Aw – chin up! Your fears are pretty common and it sucks that the bridal industry primarily caters to those that are size 6 and under. 

I had all of these plans to go to New York and visit Amsale and Vera and Mark Ingrahm and I was also freaking out – I was sure there was going to be nothing for me to try on and they were going to laugh. My parents came to visit me in Michigan for a weekend and my mom saw the window of a new bridal salon. I really wasnt wanting to make an appointment but we did anyways. It turned out that the salon was amazing, only has one appointment at a time (so the ENTIRE salon is to yourself – you dont have to look at girls that wear a size 00 trying on the same dress as you in front of you), the owner is fabulous and I was able to try on gowns and actually ended up meeting one of the designers who designed my dress on me and is making a custom gown  for me. And everyone kept telling me how gorgeous the gown was going to be and were so excited to be designing this amazing gown for me. When I tried on the gowns, they certainly had to be clipped up and couldn’t close in the back, but I never felt uncomfortable. I think the key is finding a fabulous salon that you feel comfortable in. Doesn’t have to necessarily be a salon that caters to plus size brides (I was not interested in anything like that as none of the designers I was interested in are carried in plus size samples pretty much anywhere) but just a salon that will treat you as they would someone that is a size 0 and be equally excited and happy and enthused about your dress shopping experience!! 

One thing that made it easier for me was the fact that I was only interested in ball gowns (so I wasnt trying to squeeze into lace sheeths or mermaid silhouettes). If you are thinking that youd like a ball gown or even a line, you shouldnt have any problem at all. Any ball gown or a line can just be clipped at the back.

Good luck! And just keep in mind – your fiance loves you as you currently are. And thats the most important thing. Youre dress shopping for a dress for your wedding to marry the person who loves you no matter what!!

Cant wait to see what beautiful gown you choose!

 

Edit: our stationers are from Syracuse. The company is called Bella Figura. If you dont have invitations picked out, I would highly recommend and you would even be able to go over and meet with them if you’re in Syracuse currently!

Post # 4
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637 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

My personal experience was that even the higher end salons were very limited in what they had. You basically choose what to try on from their limited selection. I would honestly say that David’s Bridal and Alfred Angelo had the best selection of larger sizes. If I were you, I’d go, have fun looking and trying on whatever is available, even if you don’t think it will work – jsut have fun! I think as long as you figure out which silhouette you’re happy with, you should be just fine picking a dress in that silhouette, even if you can’t try that specific dress on right away. Also, in my experience, the plus size selection is so limited in many stores that most of the times, no, they are not able to pull out something similar. But i think what you’re referring to there are the embellishments, styling of the dress, etc – so again, keep in mind that the most important thing is to find a silhouette that you’re happy with, that you feel flatters you best, and you should be just fine! 

Post # 6
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1734 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

You’re going to be fine. We definitely clipped things on me, but it was so not a big deal at all. I was happy to be there, and nothing was going to bring me down. (The saleswoman was also plus-sized, so there was ZERO judgment from that angle.) I would maybe do a bit of research, if you know certain gowns you’d like to try on — ask them whether they have that gown, and what the sample size is. Obviously, they don’t all have to be your size, but in my case, I was skeptical if all my must-sees were all, say, size 6. Most places seem to have their samples between 10 and 14, which was manageable with clips for me.

Post # 8
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637 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@MissCalifornia:  Sorry, I don’t think I was very clear! I meant that David’s and AA have a good selection – so it’s worthwhile going there to figure out which silhouette looks best on you 🙂 I totally get where you’re coming from though! I actually also ended up with a Maggie, but I did go ‘everywhere else’ to try other dress styles on. Sounds like you know exactly what you’re looking for and I can’t wait to see pics!!

Post # 10
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434 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@RhubarbPie:  That bridal salon sounds fabulous!! I wish I’d been able to have an experience like that!

Truthfully, I was NOT happy with David’s Bridal’s selection – not from a +size standpoint (though I’m not a sample size 6) – but just, I told the sales consultant what I wanted and she basically didn’t listen. I really should’ve gone back a second time, but a little bit I rushed into a decision somewhere else. So I would say, just be careful at DB. I’ve heard from more than one bride that your experience there really hinges on the consultant. Some are very professional and experienced and some have no idea what they’re doing. So keep that in mind when you go – if your consultant sucks, request another! Don’t settle and don’t let them put you in dresses that you don’t want or don’t feel good on you.

Post # 11
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602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

my fear also! i have an appointment tomorrow just to look and try stuff on and i’m like UGGHHHHHH i want this to be fun, but i’m so self conscious. so im there with u! im going to AA

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