Post # 1
I have been dress shopping 3 times so far. Each time, the largest size the shops had were a 10 or a 12. I am a street size 14 and while I can pour myself into the sample sizes, they all look awful because they are too small!
How the hell can you have that “say yes to the dress” moment of OMG this is the one, when none of them look right because of the sizing? I feel like nothing is ever going to feel like it’s the one because of this issue. I am in love with MS Gatsby and I’m like 90% sure it’s the dress for me, but the sample I tried on was a 10 and so unattractively tight. How am I supposed to be 100% sure?
It’s even more disheartening when the sample is an 8 and the sales person just holds it up to you for you to decide. Seriously. How can someone decide on something so important just by holding it up?
Did you say yes even though the sample was ridiculously tight? Has anyone decided on a gown just from holding it up? When it arrived in your size, were you still happy with it?
UGH SO FRUSTRATED!
Post # 3
If you can swing it, I’d recommend a trip into NYC to RK bridal. I am a street size 12/14 and they had LOTS of samples that fit and zipped up. Some that were too big as well.
They have TONS of dresses and their prices are reasonable. They also carry dresses in plus size samples, but I was able to fit well into the non-plus size samples.
The pronovias flagship store in NYC also has larger sample dresses.
The dress I ended up picking was too small (didn’t zip up all the way) but I still could tell it was the one.
Post # 4
I’m a bigger girl (14/16 street size), and I went to try on dresses yesterday (just to get an idea of what I liked, not buying yet). I had good luck with Alfred Angelo. They had plenty of samples in my size that I could try on at the store. I’m hoping to lose 30-40 pounds before the wedding (thankfully, I have plenty of time).
I found one that I’m in love with, but I’m going to hold off on ordering. It’s just way too soon for me, and I don’t want to be a 3 dress bride.
Post # 5
I’m a 10/12 street size and had a similar experience. I actually ended up buying by dream dress without ever putting it on! I had been able to get on enough samples (some similar shape, some totally different) to decide for sure that it was the one.
I say, if you love the dress, and nothing else feels right, go for it! Haha, I’m hoping my mantra will pay off when my gown comes in in March!
Post # 6
I would also suggest visiting RK Bridal in NYC. They have a ton of Maggie dresses that I was able to try on, and I’m a street size 14/16. Kleinfeld’s may be out of your price range, but they also have a bunch of “plus size” (ridiculous that 14 is considered a plus size!) samples that I was able to fit into comfortably. I ultimately ended up getting my dress from Kleinfelds.
Post # 7
I do love the Pronovias designs. And I have thought about going to RK as well – thanks.
It’s easy for me to get into the city, but my mother is in VT, I am pretty positive she’d be upset if she wasn’t there when I found the one. My wedding is in August and I feel like the pressure of ordering a dress is on. I don’t think she’d be able to make a trip back down here before February. eek.
Post # 8
@TerraWellness: Pronovias allows you to take pictures in the salon. RK does not. So you could take a bunch of photos at pronovias and send them all to her. Or at least that way you could see how different shapes of dresses actually fit when they are the right size.
Seeing dresses actually fit me at pronovias, made me more comfortable deciding on the dress I love because I have a better feeling as to how it WILL fit when it is my size.
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2013 - Antigua, Guatemala
I found an amazing store in Fairfax, VA called Curvygirls Bridal!!
I flew there all the way from Toronto after many discouraging and depressing experiencesl. They have rows of beautiful dresses and the staff and owner were amazing.
I said yes to a Pronovias (Secreto) dress there and couldn’t have been happier! It was the best investment!