Post # 1
Hi all! I’m a late 30’s first time bride and have been lurking for a few weeks and learning lots of stuff! Have had one ‘meh’ dress appt at David’s Bridal, and as a plus size (5’8″, Size 16 street), it’s definitely intimidating!
I live in S. Florida and have the luxury of tropical conditions most of the year round, and we’ve set our date as Oct. 2013.
I’m looking forward to hopping around the boards and seeing what’s going on for everybody. For the first, I’ll be trying to figure out if my dream dress and my real size will ever be able to meet in the middle…..
Krista, aka KBScarlett
Post # 3
Dress shopping can be stressful. I had trouble deciding on a dress too, honestly I’m still not sure if I wore my dream dress….but I did get the dream husband, so I think I ended up with the better end of the deal!
If there is one nearby, you might want to try an Alfred Angelo Signature store. They have lots of different sized samples.
Post # 4
Oh I think you’ll definitely be able to get your dream dress!!! It’s not uncommon to look a lot of places and try lots on! 🙂 Those girls that find it right away ar just lucky.
I did TONS of on-line searching for things I liked (and I know what my body type usually looks good in) Then I went out to find them or things similar.
Don’t ever be discouraged! Because even if you have a bad appointment, you learned something from it – so next time you will be more in the know. Also NEVER feel bad about saying NO to the sales ladies. They themselves can be intimidating :/ And if there is something that you like or want to try on, do not let them tell you you can’t or shouldn’t (unless due to your budget)
I wanted to try on trumpet dresses because the maggie sottero dress I wore was a trumpet. When I went to a store that did not have it, I still wanted to try the sillouette, but the sales associate said that I was too short and would not look good in it. I stepped out of the room and everybody thought it was stunning!
Just know that YOU control the buying of the dress. The sales accociates may think they have the control – but YOU have the money…………..
David’s Bridal is “sweet.” They can be nice, and they have “nice” dresses, but I found it to be too plain or too generic :/ Make sure you look at the smaller boutiques and other larger dress stores
Post # 5
Thanks for the replies guys!
@StarryNight2011, I brought my Bridesmaid or Best Man dress for my sister’s wedding last year and had a good impression with them, and will be going back.
@atrnkus, Part of the intimidation factor for me is about location….So. Florida is not always an easy place to be “plus”.
The trip to DB was really meant to get my feet wet, and start getting a feel of best shape for me. I’m looking to hit Alf. Ang. soon, though overall (based on what I see on the website offerings), the things I love in a dress are not in their general set of choices. But, I’m willing to open my mind up and see what could work.
I have plans to go to FTL Saturday for more, and have been trying to call/contact for two days for a reservation, and haven’t gotten so much as a phone answer when I call. I find it odd. How to they stay in business if they don’t make the reservations they recommend on their own website?
Also, my hint on the last paragraph of my intro meant that, for me and my dream dress (flowy, simple chiffon), and the current realities of well boned and corseted dresses may never work out.
Thanks for all the good thoughts and inputs!
Post # 6
Oh DB is a great place to do that 😉 And many brides DO find exactly what they want there! I wasn’t the biggest fan of their selecion though as I thought it wasn’t much.
Glad you have some more stores lined up! I was just trying to get at – not to ever be too discouraged even if you have to look at every dress out there. Because yours does exist! 😀
I’ll try to think if I have seen or know of anything like “(flowy, simple chiffon)”
Let you know if I find anything!
Post # 7
welcome to the boards. I love this place. It’s such a great place to get ideas, to vent and just find people who understand what you are going through.
I like you went to David’s Bridal to get my feet wet. I thought I had some idea of what I wanted before I went in but tried on a variety of shapes and materials to make sure. I know now what I really don’t want in a dress and am still working on what I do want. I too worry that I won’t find what I love but I have hope it is out there somewhere.
Post # 8
I’m just partial to maggie dresses because I had one, but I think they are amazing!
You can look at the collection and click the chiffon fabric on the side to search those dresses.
I realize the size of the models is completely unrealistic :p The model with my dress looked nothing like it did on me…
Also, I understand your thoughts on the corset. But I do think that many of these dresses would look amazing in any size and the corset is sort of the designer’s signiture. (gives room for any weight fluctuation….)
I love google searching a dress I think I like, and finding other brides with many body types, posting pics of what they look like in it.
Hope maybe you can find some like that to give you more ideas!
Post # 9
Welcome! Good luck in the dress shopping process–it can be both exhausting and exhilarating!
I got married in S. Florida too, in August. Yeeks. We’re talking 90+ degrees daily, gigantic flesh eating mosquitos, 90% humidity, the whole nine yards. We got lucky because it rained the day of the wedding, which cooled things off and took out some of the humidity.
Post # 10
Try Alfred Angelo! My dress was a Maggie Sottero/Alfred Angelo replica (They are seriously the exact same dress). But I was able to try on the AA version in a size 22. 🙂
Post # 11
The best thing to do is have fun! Once you get that through your head, everything else will be fine! I am 47 going to be 48 on my wedding day!
Post # 12
Stupid question: Are all Alfred Angelo stores “signature”? I see there are 3 in Houston for instance, but none of them say “signature” so I wasn’t sure.
Post # 13
I was a plus size bride too (Street size 16-18) and I learned that there are a lot of designers who make great plus size gowns. I’m an Alfred Angelo Disney bride, their sizes go up to 28.
Post # 14
If you’d be willing to travel, there is a fantastic shop up here in the DC area called Curvy Girls Bridal; it’s in Falls Church, VA, about 30 minutes outside of the city. They have a TON of samples in pretty much every size above 12 and all the way up to I think 30. I am street size 16/18 in most clothes and I think I tried on 14 dresses and didn’t get to all of them. I had a really good experience with them.
Since you can usually get a flight between DC and most Florida cities for $175 or so, it might be worth popping up for a weekend. You could take the dress to a local seamstress for alterations.
It may sound kind of crazy to go 800 miles just to try on dresses but it really can be a challenge to find the right dress in a plus size, so I loved the idea of having so many choices all in one place. I’m happy that they were local to me but if I’d had to pay for a relatively cheap flight and a night in a hotel, to me that would have been money well spent.
Post # 16
Of the lines/stores I tried, my favorites were Alfred Angelo, Bonny Unforgettable and Allure Women. I found that the lines that were “intended” for curvier figures were most flattering, and ended up purchasing one of those. I also was able to travel to Bridal Warehouse in Nashville and try a LOT of silhouettes in different manufacturers to see what I liked and didn’t like. I’m a street 18/20 By The Way.