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

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

When you say that all the prettiet dresses were in miniscule sizes, that sounds like a picked-over sale to me.

You wouldn’t expect to find all sizes at a clearance sale at the mall either, eh? It was worth going for the look with your friend, but you shouldn’t let it get you down either.

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’m the same size and the places I went to had more than enough dresses to fit me. It was probably just the boutique you went to. Don’t get down. You have plenty of time and I’m sure you’ll have a great experience when you find the right store.

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

🙁 that sucks! im sorry hun, I like the idea of calling to tell them your experience before you go to your next fitting

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I wear anywhere from a 0 to a 6 depending on the brand and I’ll tell you that some dresses at the shops would NOT zip up. I actually cried when the consultant couldn’t get the first dress zipped up. Don’t feel bad, every style and brand is different! Just keep trying until you find something perfect! And you will!

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Same thing happened to me whenever I tried on dresses.  I am a 12 due to my booty and trying on samples was a nightmare unless they were a ballgown (which I didn’t want).  Even the dress I ended up purchasing didn’t fit down over my hips but I was able to get a good idea about the fit because the wonderful wedding fairy as we like to call her clipped and corseted me up…I mean the dress hem was at my ankles and I still fell in love.  I am def going to ignore the size on the tag once I get it in though.  I found that like anything else sizing from designer to designer varies greatly along with bridal just being smaller.  However as some pp have said, Maggie Sottero gowns seemed to be “truer” to size.

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Don’t let it get to you! I’m a street size 2 and there were some dresses I couldn’t get in either–its not just the #size but also the cut vs the shape of your body, for example my butt simply did not cooperate with a whole bunch of styles.  I ended up ordering an 8 so that it would fully cover what nature gave me.

Post # 23
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

First off, congrats on your 30 lbs weight loss. I just wanted to let you konw that you’re not alone. I’m also a size 10/12 street size and dread going shopping for a dress, actually I’m procrastinating because I know I’ll probably have major issues and meltdown in the dressing room, plus my wedding is much closer than yours. I lost 11 lbs and hoping for another 8-9 lbs around Thaksgiving before I set foot in a bridal store. My sister thinks I’m crazy, but I’m having it my way.

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Most of the bridal companies have old school sizing (US sizing has changed over time).  When I volunteered at Church Street Bridal, the samples they got were mostly 10, 12, and 18 (6,8, and 14 in US street sizes).  I imagine some smaller bridal shops can’t keep two samples in each dress, so they pick one.

Do you have access to a larger bridal salon that might keep two samples in the store?

 

The newer bridal companies seem to use street sizes.

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

As everyone else has said DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED! My first experience was horrible as well. It was a similar situation except I am a bigger size steet size 14. They had some 16’s that I was sure would fit-they didn’t and the consultant wss very rude. I left the store crying and told my Fiance that the wedding was off because I was too fat to get married and never going to find a dress ( I was half kidding on that one at the time). Feeling discouraged I showed up (on a Saturday) at another Salon and I got the most amazing service and they were able to put me into MANY beautiful gowns. Turns out my hips are a size 18 bridal and my waist is like a 12. I have now been to far too many stores (over 7 at this point I think) and I have found dresses to try on at all of them. You will find your dream dress!

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I am so acred of thsi, I haven’t gone bridal shopping yet! I am a street size 10, but sometimes have to go up because my boobs seem to be annoyingly large.

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