Trying on sample wedding dresses when you are not a sample size

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I’m plus size and went to five different stores. Every single one had a variety of sizes and a dress does not have to be your size for you to try it on. I was allowed to try on every dress I wanted to.

You can always call ahead if you want though.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I’m around a street size 14 and ordered an 18 in my dress. The place I ended up buying my dress from had an extensive plus size section so all of the samples there were like a 20 or larger- I was usually in a 22 or 24 and hardcore clipped in. I think most places will have more than one choice of sample size. 

They put me in 10s at David’s Bridal and clipped them to my bra- but it was a lot harder to tell how the dresses would actually flatter me given how I was squeezed into them. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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misslucy :  salons are equipped to fit women of various sizes! they can clip you into dresses that are too big, and use clips/extenders for dresses that are too small. the only time i’ve ever had a problem was with one small NYC designer – I attempted to try on a sample that was a (bridal) size 8 (i’m a street size 6/8) and it was SUPER fitted. i literally just couldn’t even get it over my hips. oh well, didn’t buy that dress!

if you’re plus-sized, you might want to contact the salon first to see that they have plus-sized samples. many salons do!

FWIW, I was very close to sample size so I’m probably not much help, but since you asked: sample was a bridal 12, I ordered a bridal 10 (salon officially recommended a 12, since my hips were right in between a 10 and 12, but I chose to size down since my chest was an 8 and waist was a 10).

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

My very first stop was at a cocomelody contracted site and it was an AWFUL experiance. I am a size 16. My Maid/Matron of Honor had called to set up and appt and double checked to assure they had samples in my size and style I was wanting. We get there, long story short they DON’T and I am squeezing into size 10/11 dresses while the girls are being SUPER rude and talking in Manderin and then saying stuff like “wow this is hard to get on you” and then sighing and huffing a lot and acting like it is the hardest thing in the world to lace up the dress. 

I left disappointed and decdied to drop into Davids Bridal since my Maid/Matron of Honor and her mom were in town (live 2 hours away) and I ended up having a totally lovely experiance with them. They had dresses in EVERY size, the consultant was amazing and friendly, she totally hit the nail on the head with picking out htings to fit my body. I ended up buying a dress from Davidal Bridal that day

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

I had a relatively difficult time dress shopping as I’m only 5”1 and quite petite so all the samples drowned me. I love dresses that are quite light, unstructured and whimsical which it turned it were really difficult to clip smaller while still looking like the same dress. Lots of dresses would literally fall down around my waist and it was really difficult to imagine how a dress in my size would even look. I would call ahead and see if they have various samples, I’ve only been to 3 bridal stores but they all only had one sample of each dress.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

Depends on the store and the dress. I had one dress where the sample fit perfectly like a glove and I’m a street size 4 and was like ???? seems a bit small for a sample. Most of the samples I tried on were around street size 8-10 though. 

 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

the store I bought my dress at most of the sample sizes were 10 to 14.

The dress I ended up with was a sample size 14 and fit perfectly.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I’m glad to hear you had a good experience! I’m sure the dress you got will be gorgeous on you!

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