Post # 1
I feel so conflicted. I went on my first wedding dress try on experience yesterday and it went ok… I think. The consultant at the shop was able to help me into TWO wedding dresses (one of them nice and the other not so much). Now, take into consideration that I am a usual size 20/22. I did find a dress that I LOVED. I discovered while dress shopping that a dropped waistline looks best on me and also helps me out. This particular dress had a lot of factors that would accentuate my good areas. However, I was unable to try it on because the sample size was too small.
As many posts on here have indicated, it seems hard to find a bridal shop in any area (apart from DB and Alfred Angelo) that carries larger sample sizes. However, I was wondering if any of you in the Los Angeles area have come across other stores that carries larger samples. I would like to avoid DB and AA due to their poor customer service reputation and other reasons.
I do have some time before my wedding, but I feel that I may have to resort to just ordering a dress I have not tried on (which I’m scared to do).
Post # 3
I wouldn’t order a dress without seeing it on yourself first. I don’t know of any places other than DB that has plus size dresses to try on (but then again, I got my dress there, and went there 4 times before getting the dress). I’d actually say that the service there was better than the bridal salons I went to before DB, because they were sooo snotty and put so much pressure on me!
Post # 4
If you’re willing to drive 6 hours north, there is a store in Sacramento that specializes in plus size gowns. It’s all they carry, and there is a large selection. All of them good quality and very pretty! I bought my dress there and I highly recommend their service!
Post # 5
What’s the name of the store in Sacramento? Do they have designer gowns?
Post # 6
@Bride2be15: Strut in Phoenix specializes in plus sizes. You would be able to get in every dress in their store. Good luck!
Post # 7
I have to agree with mrsromo. If you make the six hour drive east there is Strut Bridal. I absolutely loved working with Ann, she’s great. I am and 18/20 and most dresses were still too big for me so there are easily a ton of dresses you could try on. I highly recommend that store.
Post # 8
@Bride2be15: The store in Sacramento is called Sparkle. It’s located on Folsom and 32nd in Midtown. I’m not sure of all the designers they carry but I bought a Robin Jillian there. The owner is very nice and she’s the one that did my appointment.
Post # 9
Thanks for the info ladies!!
Post # 10
And as you’re driving up to Sacramento, stop at Trudy’s in San Jose. Most dresses I tried on there were too big for me and I’m plus size. They had heaps for me to try on!
Post # 11
I live in Indianapolis, and I am shopping for a dress. I am a plus size bride, and would like some suggestions for dress shops.
Post # 12
@Irolp04: Debra’s Bridal in Upland CA is where I found my amazing dress. I am a 22/24 and they have more than enough dresses to choose from. Hope that helps
Post # 13
I was going to go to the store in Sacramento, it’s called Sparkle I think. I asked the saleslady what designers they carried and she would not tell me! What the heck? I told her I live in Antioch, and that I don’t want to make the long drive to Sacramento if I don’t know what designers they carry. She told me “Well it sounds like you have already made up your mind then.” omg how rude!
Gesinee’s in Concord had a whole plus size room, I would say about 30-50 dresses there.
Post # 14
My dream is to open a plus size bridal salon, but I have no funds 🙁 and my credit score is bad after buying a house and taking on a lot of debt, so I don’t qualify for a loan either 🙁
Post # 15
If you ever make it out to Phoenix there ia a great plus size wedding gown shop called Strut.
Post # 16
@CynthiaJ: The designers at Sparkle are not well known, at least I had never heard of them. The dresses are hit and miss…some are amazing and some well not my personal taste.
None the less I highly recommend a stop. They have something for every bride and the sample sizes are definitely accomodating to a variety of plus sizes.
I had an incredibly bad experience at Gesinee, my consultant was terribly rude. When I went back and was thankfully given a new consultant the old consultant swooped in and started a fight with the new lady. I couldn’t get out of there fast enough!