Post # 1
Okay, my first attempt at dress shopping is happening in a couple of weeks and I’m starting to get anxious! I’ve been looking online at dresses to try to get an idea of what I might like. The majority of what I see for plus size brides, though, is A-line. I’m not opposed to that style by any means. I’m really open to anything that makes me feel beautiful. But I want to know what other options are out there. Its hard to look at pictures of smaller brides and try to imagine what they’d look like on a fuller figure. So…anyone willing to share their non A-line dress pics with me? And if you did go with the A-line, will you tell me why you chose that over other styles?
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I’m a pear with a very defined natural waist, so a traditional A-line was a natural choice for me. Mermaids and fit & flares looked ridiculous on my biy booty and hips, and empires looked like moo moos on me.
I don’t know where you are in VA, but if you are in NoVa, a trip north to Columbia, MD to visit Curvaceous Couture would be a good idea. They exclusively carry plus size dresses in every cut/style, and are wonderful to work with. I think there is a plus-size exclusive bridal shop somewhere in VA, too. It’s just nice knowing that the dresses will fit and not being forced to try to squeeze into a bridal 10.
Post # 4
Thanks for the tip about the shop in Columbia. I’m actually in southern VA but used to live in NoVa and my best friend and Maid/Matron of Honor lives in Baltimore so it wouldn’t be unrealistic for me to make a trip to Columbia!
Post # 5
I ended up getting a short dress from Dolly Couture. I sent them my measurements and my dress was made just for me, with some customizations I requested. My dress was retro styled with a full skirt and lots of petticoats. I was worried about not having many options to try on, but when I went to David’s Bridal, I was able to try out lots of different silhouettes. Obviously, I didn’t end up going with one of theirs, but it was nice to see my options.
Post # 6
KODA Bridal In Pittsburgh PA is a plus size exclusive bridal shop…I know it is far away, but it is worth a trip=TRUST ME!
I dont know their phone #, but they are on Facebook, and on Washington Road in Mt Lebanon, PA.
I was not able to get my dress there, as my Mom made me pick one out when I was in Florida at her new home…but If I had not gotten mine in FL, I wuld ahve travelled to Koda–I now live on the other side of PA near Scranton.
Post # 7
I actually loooove my fit n flare style gown,and I am certainly curvy. I also suggest looking through some other threads on here because sooo many women have put pictures of themselves in all types of gowns,IE Not afraid to show your curves/before and after gown pictures, etc. Be open to try many different styles and you will be able to find something that makes you feel beautiful!
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia
I wore a mermaid gown – every other one I tried on was A-Line, but this was the only one where I put it on and went… wow. (Also, I think it kind of sucked my guts in a fair bit, which was nice!)
Post # 9
I chose an A-line simply because I wanted a very formal, traditional bridal look and originally had my heart set on a ball gown. However, I tried on numerous ball gowns, and the very full, gathered, skirt looked awful on me. It honestly never even occurred to me that there could be bridal salons that would have sample sizes of fit-and-flare gowns or other more form-fitting styles that would even be in my size, so I just assumed that the only dresses I could even hope to try on would have a fuller skirt. When I finally found my dress, I was thrilled that I found something that I thought looked good on my figure. However, now that I’ve seen so many gorgeous gowns on WB, and I’ve seen so many episodes of SYTTD, I wish I had at least been able to try on a few other styles of dresses.
ETA: Pics of my gown on the designer’s model, below.
Post # 10
I chose a drop waist A-line. It’s nice and tight right through my hips then flares a bit. I chose it because it’s what flattered me. It gives me an awesome hourglass shape that in everyday clothes isn’t as apparrent. A-line doens’t have to mean it covers everything or looks frumpy. For reference, here’s what I chose:
Post # 11
You ladies look gorgeous! I can’t wait to start trying on dresses!
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@akziggy3: I got my dress at Koda : ). I had such a lovely experience there! It was the first time I really felt like a bride. It was awesome being able to try on any dress I wanted (which did not happen at other bridal shops that only carried sample size 8-10 which i soooo am not)
I got a ballgown style because my hips are a lot bigger than my top.
Post # 15
Mine is a drop waist A-line as well. It turned out to be very slimming!
Post # 16
@secondchances: Wow! Thanks for the link to your thread! You actually tried on several dresses that I’d been looking at online. It makes such a big difference seeing them on a “real” bride!