(Closed) Trying on bridesmaid dresses in bridal shops?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m sort of in your boat.  I just started looking and I am just now discovering this.  I’d say, bring along the friend that can fit in the size 10 sample dress and make your prediction from there.  Most shops that I’ve been to thus far have been nothing but samples.  But, you’re in NY and I’m in TX!!  It may be different πŸ™‚

Post # 4
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

Well, I don’t think it’s really all that different from shopping for wedding dresses. Most places only carry sample sizes, and you have to make your decision based on whether or not you like the sample on yourself.

But, if you really want to let your BMs try on a dress close to their size, I know David’s Bridal carries various sizes in Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses.

Post # 5
2392 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

David’s Bridal carries them in all sizes… I know some (including me) have had mixed results with them, but I got a bridesmaid dress there for my friend’s wedding for $80… which is nice when you’re asking several friends to spend on it.  I saw dresses in everything from 2 to 20 there which was great!

Post # 6
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i’ve been in a few weddings where i didn’t go with the bride to try on a dress. they usually just take their maid of honor and she lucks out, b/c it looks good on her so we all have to wear it! i don’t think it’s the best thing to do in the world, but i feel like it’s normal so the girls wouldn’t feel bad if you only took one.

Post # 8
23 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think Alfred Angelo also carries larger sizes in their Bridesmaid or Best Man sample dresses….a lot of times if you go into a shop where they dont carry the size you need you can unzip the back of the dress and hold it up to yourself and kind of pull and see what the dress would look like.  πŸ™‚

Post # 9
529 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

When I went to try on bridesmaid dresses, it was the bride, the other bridesmaid, and myself.  The other bridesmaid was a nice size 4, whereas I’m more a size 14, so the dresses fit us very differently.  Most of them I couldn’t even zip up allt he way *cries* whereas she had to have them all clipped in the back to get an idea of what it would look like if it was her size.  We just tried our best and settled on a dress that looked okay on both of us.  We ended up getting the same style, although another style actually flattered my body-type better.  The style we got looks better with the bride’s dress, so I sucked it up and got it, though I know I probably will never wear it again.

Good luck!

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