(Closed) returnable bridesmaid dresses?

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

It seems like most bridal shops have a strict no-returns policy, even for shoes that have obviously not been worn.  Also, they usually make you sign a paper when you order the dress saying that that is the size you want, according to the measurements that take for you.  So, even if they measure you wrong and the dress doesn’t fit at all,  you are still stuck with it and have to order a new one.  I guess that is how bridal stores make their money.  Can you look around for the same dress elsewhere and see if they can order it in your size to try on?  Or maybe if they have a closer size to yours at a different store if they can’t order a sample? 

Post # 4
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I agree with MissTeaberry; while I doubt you’ll find a bridal shop that will allow returns, you may be able to find one that carries plus-size samples. I went to one shop that had a wide range of sizes for their sample dresses. You can find stores that carry the line from the Watters site. Call around and see if any of them can work with you.

Otherwise, the only thing I can think of is trying to find it used or new from a seller on Ebay (some of them allow returns). You might also check with NetBride.com and HouseofBrides.com – you can’t try the dress on, but they *may* allow returns. And you’d get a discount.

It’s a very cute dress. This isn’t very helpful, but my wide-hipped (but not plus) Bridesmaid or Best Man looked really good in dresses with skirts like that. It de-emphasized her hips by showed off her nice calfs. I know the dresses aren’t cheap – but it sounds like you really like the dress. Do you look good in other dresses with that shape? If so, you might consider just going for it.

Post # 5
398 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

If you are more concerned with how the style will look then I would suggest going to a retailer such as JC Penny or Dillards and browsing their dress sections for style as close as possible to the dress you would like to purchase.  At the very least it will give you an idea how this dress would look on you.

I have no suggestions for the Watters and Watters version though as bridal stores tend to be pretty tight when it comes to returns.

 Good Luck!

Post # 6
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

David’s Bridal is the only place I have been to that has an assortment of sizes.  My girls range from 8 to 16, and they had dresses in every size so they could find what fits them. I’ve had nothing but positive experiences with them so far, even though they need bigger dressing rooms!

Post # 7
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I know the OP was a couple of months ago, but Bunette, did you ever get to try on a Watters in your size?

I know that most Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses, like bridal gowns, are not returnable because they are usually cut when they’re ordered. The manufacturers dont’ have heaps of gowns sitting around waiting to ship. 

I’d second what  Space said about finding a similar dress at a bigger store to try on. That shape (though not the fabric) looks like it should be fairly easy to find elsewhere. 

I hope you had some luck! 

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