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posted 6 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
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820 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Take a step-back and a big deep breath. I’m sorry you had this experience, some people can be so dense. When you’re ready to try on dresses again you’ll know it. Don’t let this one women get to you. Rock-your dress when you find it and know that you are awesome and beautiful 🙂

Post # 4
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3773 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

I think the best place to start would be David’s Bridal. they honestly have the most selection of shapes to try on. Get an idea of what shape you like and feel good in. From there you can lok at similar styles and see if the other shop you were going to would have samples in those shapes. I am sorry your first experience was so rough. Every bride deserves to have a good dress experience.

Post # 5
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46413 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again.

Don’t let this one lousy saleswoman spoil your whole experience.

I would carry on to the other shop.

Give yourself time to calm down.

I would then phone the manager of the first shop, let her know how poorly I was treated and ask for an appointment with someone else. It was wrong of her to leave you on your own to try on small sample sizes when you had done your homework to find a shop that had larger sizes .

Post # 6
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8882 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m sorry you had such a rough appointment. It’s very clear that the shop has NO clue what they are doing. You should file a complaint against them, I’m betting there are other brides out there who went home unhappy.

I’m a street size 16, had to get my dress in a 20. I went to David’s Bridal and had a great experience. Not once did they make me feel bad about my size. Maybe you could visit a DB near you?

Post # 7
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277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

That’s awful.  THe places I’ve been to always stay to help me put on dresses.  you should never have to figure out how to get into a dress yourself.  They should also know if you’ll fit into a dress or not.  The place you went just sounds unprofessional.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m sorry you had such a rough appointment. It’s very clear that the shop has NO clue what they are doing. You should file a complaint against them, I’m betting there are other brides out there who went home unhappy.

I’m a street size 16, had to get my dress in a 20. I went to David’s Bridal and had a great experience. Not once did they make me feel bad about my size. Maybe you could visit a DB near you?

Post # 9
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667 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

 

diddo on the davids bridal–Yeah I know it’s the the nicest place to shop, but they are good at what they do. I tried on dresses there and then found someone on wedding bee that had the same dress I liked at davids for less $$. I am the same size as you and my dress rocks. it’s the Strapless Sweetheart Taffeta Pick-up Style 9T9670.

Anywho, i just counted on their website and they have 130 “plus size” choices you’re not going to find any bridal store that will have that many choices for you. 

 

 

Post # 12
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9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree that you should try davids bridal they have a wider range of sizes available to try on

Post # 13
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46 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Definitely don’t let that deter you from finding your dream dress.  Like everyone’s already said, that woman clearly didn’t know/care what she was doing and not all shops are created the same.   Also, know that no matter what size you are, you will try on dresses that just don’t look good on you so don’t tell yourself its just because you are in larger sizes (my dress is a size 18, btw), you will find one that will look GORGEOUS on you!  I’d definitely go to other appointments and be straightforward with them that you’ve had a bad experience in another shop and do not want a repeat.  Good luck! You will have a great and fun experience at another store!

Post # 14
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54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Alfred Angelo is another option…

Also, I’m not sure what part of the world you are in, but if you’re anywhere near the DC area, there’s Curvaceous Couture in Columbia, MD and Curvy Girls Bridal in Fairfax, VA.

I just had a similar experience this weekend… actually ripped a sample dress because the consultant at that particular store insisted that since it was plus size I MUST be able to get into it… that I just needed to pull it. Well… I pulled, it ripped, I was horribly embarassed. The appointment pretty much ended with me holding up dresses in front of me to “get an idea” of what it would look like. SMH…

Also this weekend, at a different store, I went specifically to try to find Maggie dresses that I could try on. I called this particular store ahead of time, and asked specifically if they had plus size Maggie dresses, they assured me they did. I made the appointment and got there only to discover that out of the very large selection of standard size samples, they had only a small selection of about 15 plus size dresses. And by plus size, I mean that they were all a size 16 or so. In their plus size section they had about 3 Maggie dresses. The consultant basically told me that she wouldn’t be able to help me, after insisting I try on the most hideous dress that was totally against everything I told her I was looking for. She insisted I try on this dress because it was the only thing in the store that would fit me (I’m about 5’8 and a size 22). After spending about 15 minutes in the store, we left.

Outside of those 2 disappointing (to say the least!) experiences, I’ve also been to 3 different Alfred Angelo stores, another independent bridal store (with much nicer consultants, though also a limited selection), and also to Curvaceous Couture. I’ve had pleasant experiences at all of them.

Hugs to you.. 🙂

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2013

That is poor execution by the dress shop and no bride should have to go through that. Such lack of professionalism on their part…sorry you had to deal with that. I have a slightly different path of commentary/advice though. The women who read my comment are either going to understand or they aren’t. I am honestly not trying to be bitchy…but how far away is your wedding? I just think this could be a great reason to start getting into shape. Don’t you want to give your man the healthiest version of you for your lifetime together? This isnt skinny vs fat. It’s caring about your heart health vs not caring about your heart health.

I’m glad you have a great body image, confidence is sexy! I just think that a size 22 person can/should probably have somewhat of a healthier lifestyle and if you even drop a few dress sizes, you may have so many more options of beautiful gowns at your fingertips. 

I know you weren’t asking for advice on your figure…I am just saying that you may 1) have more variety in dresses even just a few sizes down and most importantly, 2) it’s never too late to start preparing for a long and healthy life with your man!

Post # 16
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6824 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Op, try finding a wedding shop that caters to plus size women. I am the same size as you street wise. I went to shop in my area that only carried plus size wedding dresses. Guess where I bought my dress?  Also you find most dresses at our size your not going to be able to zip up and lot of dresses you need to step into the dress and not over the head. I found a dress at a differ shop I loved, I had tried it on first over the head and it didnt fit! But my Maid/Matron of Honor made me try a differ way, stepping into it and sliding it up that way and it worked!.   Sadly the ladies at that shop treated me like dirt or I would have bought that dress. 

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