(Closed) Wedding dress shopping for the 1st time…depressing!

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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1090 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

oh dear… I tried on a dress and as I started to pull it up, I heard it ripping….so I looked at the attendant and said guess I won’t try that one one… and I’m a street size 8. These wedding boutiques just need to have 2 size samples. You will have a much better experience next time.

Post # 4
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1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Girl, you went to the wrong store! Keep looking. I am more than twice your size and I was able to find stores that had sample sizes that fit me. I know that Davids Bridal has a variety of sizes. You should also let the owner of that store know how discouraged you felt that you were not able to try anything on in your size. If all they have are size 4/6/8 sample gowns then they are going to limit their client base quite a bit. Seriously, go somewhere else, and ask when you get in the door if they have samples in your size. That way you can avoid being discouraged in the future. You WILL find a gown, trust me! Keep your chin up!

Post # 5
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7776 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I was a street size 10 and then 12 when I went in and I had some dresses that fit and some that didn’t. It’s pretty hit or miss. A lot of salons have varied sample sizes.

Dress shopping will make you feel like crap about your body at least once, unfortunately. BUT, that all goes away when you find the right one. Don’t loose hope!!

Post # 7
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1089 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Street size 9 in my butt and I had to order a size 12 for a bridesmaid dress…. It sucked. The worst part one of the other bridesmaids was a size ZERO… *UGH* 

Post # 8
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7288 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Ugg I feel your pain. I’m generally a size 6 and I ordered one dress in a 14. They are really not true to size. Just replace the numbers with something like letters. Its simply a measuring scale, not a gauge of beauty !

Post # 9
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5110 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

Trust me I know what you mean I am a street size 12-14 and I am a 16 in bridal. I can see how it could get frustrating, but there are a  lot of places that have sample sizes big enought and the dresses are beautiful. You are not even a big girl so dont get down on yourself. I know how that can feel discouraging, but you have to realize that bridal runs small anyways!! You will find your dream dress! No worries.

Post # 10
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9481 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I fear this! I’m a street size 12 (it’s mostly my butt and hips) and I have a feeling that i’m going to cry at the size of my dress.

Post # 11
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453 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I can totally relate.  Somehow this was way less of a problem with Maggie Sottero dresses though.  Maybe find a salon that specializes in her dresses?

Post # 13
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11165 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@vermontia: Agreed, I never had this issue with Maggie Sottero dresses especially the ones with a corseted back.

OP keep your chin up and keep looking, you just need to find the right designer and style that can flatter your body and you’ll be feeling pretty amazing.

Post # 14
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630 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Hmm…I’m a bridal 16 and I was able to get the bridal size 10’s on. They didn’t zip/lace up of course but i could still see them on me. I was trying on ball gowns though.

Post # 15
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1089 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I have heard they they are starting to make bridal dress sizes bigger. 🙂 SO yay. The idea I heard is trying to make them closer to clothing size. Smaller numbers = happier shoppers

Post # 16
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1212 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Don’t be too hard on yourself! I’m a street size 8 (sometimes 6 or 10, depending on the store haha) and when I went shopping for a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress for my sister’s wedding, I couldn’t fit into any of the sample sizes. It broke my heart. I got my dress a few weeks back and it’s a size 14. Bridal stuff just runs small, sadly! 

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