(Closed) PS (Plus Size) Bridal Gowns – Online vs Bridal Shop?

posted 11 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club

Holy moly I can’t believe no one responded! Sorry.

It seems the advice given to “plus size brides” is generally, “Cover it all up!” This isn’t true at all, and I think the same things that look good in real life will look good in a wedding dress. This site is good for analyzing your shape and seeing what will work. In this thread, there were lots of full figured women wearing mermaids… very sexy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Except that wedding dresses are more structured, so this may or may not be a good thing for you. The tried-and-true advice to try something on is very helpful. I have been engaged for a whole year and didn’t want to try on dresses, but I visited Alfred Angelo, and they carry samples up to size 28… so I was able to try something on for the first time! I wear a street size 24/26, and they had at least 8 dresses I could try. I’m not going to buy my dress from there, but just trying *something* on made a difference.

Post # 4
10216 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

designer CC. Elaine has a lot of dresses and shapes for those of us with errr more to love lol



btw, i’m thinking strapless mermaid with ruching all over, so we’re definitely on the same page ๐Ÿ˜€ also the wonderful mitla started this thread a few months ago and it is fantastically inspiring, i cannot wait to post my picture!


Post # 5
732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club

HA! crebre you are hilarious! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
25 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011

Johnitta, I totally understand how daunting it can be as a “plus-size” woman to go into an actual bridal store to try things on.  I’m a street size 22, and I found my absolute dream dress at David’s Bridal.  The staff there was patient and kind, and very helpful.  I was expecting skinny ladies that would turn their noses up at me, but I was pleasantly surprised. =)

Keep at it.  You will find the PERFECT dress for you.

Post # 7
2249 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2020

maggie sottero is awesome!!!

Post # 8
9 posts
  • Wedding: August 2010

I totaly agree with Mitla, Alfred Angelo is awesome.  I love the fact that they do not charge extra for full figure gowns like Davids.

Post # 9
3 posts
  • Wedding: May 2010

also, cheap and awesome wedding dresses, buy a size larger of course, but online at julius bridal. i got my dress there and i’m in love with it. mine was in the short dress section at $199 and when it arrived, the quality was amazing, i was worried of course buying online, but once i took it out of the box, it was way better then any dress i tried on at bridal shops locally, (i had a backkup dress picked out just in case). here’s my dress

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Post # 10
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Peachy, those dresses are amazing.  I browsed through the website and found some absolutely gorgeous dresses.  My favorite:

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Post # 11
818 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Here’s my 2 cents. It’s risky to order anything if you haven’t tried on dresses. By trying on even a few you’ll be able to get an idea of what fits your body type and your style. That being said, I worked in bridal for 2 years. As a full figured lady myself, the designers that seemed to have the best to offer me were Allure, MoriLee, and Venus (my dress was a venus). Private Label by G also had some nicer dresses. The first 3 had women’s lines, full divisions dedicated to fuller women. Call around to stores in your area before you go shopping and ask how many plus sized gowns they carry. Here’s where it’s tricky. Plus sized in bridal starts at a 14, and typically gowns size 2 sizes smaller than street size. I wear an 18/20, but to accomodate my bust I needed a 24, and a 22 in the waist. I landed up with a 24 and had to take it in. It stinks, but that’s bridal.

As for style, A-line is flattering. Mermaid can be, but make sure it accentuates what you want it to accentuate. Dresses with a corset back tend to be amazing. Also, if you have any dress made from a lighter fabric (chiffon, georgette, charmeuse, etc) make sure that you have solid undergarments and that the dress doesn’t cling where it draws unflattering attention. If the lining is a good quality this shouldn’t be a problem.

There are wonderful plus-size options in every price range. I’ve seen dresses from $400-$4,000 and that was just at the shop where I worked.

Good luck!!!! Try to have fun with it.

I just got married a few weeks ago (4 as of today) and I’ll try to upload one of my pics…no promises if it’ll let me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry I don’t have a better pic for us (if this does upload)

Post # 12
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Just look for stuff with a corset.  I was able to buy a sample that was WAY small on me (like a size 6, me a size 14).  They just added a modesty panel to cover up the bit of skin that was showing in the back, and it fit great!   And the corset pulls in your tummy and shows off your curves. 

Post # 13
7 posts
  • Wedding: November 2011

If you are in the Detroit area, check out Bombshell Bridal in St Clair Shores! ALL of the gown samples are plus size (16-32) and they are just beautiful! If you are a fashion savvy plus size girl this is the go to place. The prices were awesome and most expensive gown I saw was $1500. They also had great plus size undergarments and an amazing selection of accessories including wide width shoes!!! Plus, my consultant was great and we had so much fun!

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