Post # 1
I’ve tried on several dresses, so now i know what I *don’t* want, but haven’t settled on exactly what I do want that fits my budget. Ideally, I’ll buy a new or used dress for under $500. I’m willing to go higher, but my dress isn’t one of my big priorities, so I’d rather not spend that much.
My don’ts – nothing that laces up the back, no empire waist, nothing that’s all lace, nothing with sashes or beads in bright colors (red, blue, green, etc), nothing slinky, no halter necks
My dos – strapless, natural waist or a-line preferred, love taffeta and tulle dresses, some silk dresses have been great, too
Has anyone had experience with oncewed.com or other sites for pre-owned wedding dresses? How about experience with netbride or other discount online sellers?
Please let me know if you have ideas for me! Thanks!
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant
I’m not sure about bridals, but I had 2 size 16 BMs and they wore Mori Lee dresses with a natural waist line and it was beautiful on them. I bought the dresses from Pearl’s Place and it was SUPER cheap compared with any other store I called around the country. Check them out once you find a dress.
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
I’m a street size 14 but my dress is a 16, and what looked best on me were strapless dresses with a natural waist and A-line skirts.
But it’s hard to tell what would look good on you just based on a dress size. Two women who wear the same size might look totally different in the same dress.
As far as affordable dresses go, you can get a dress at David’s for about $500. Some people have had bad experiences with them, but I’m pretty pleased with them so far.
Post # 5
I completely agree with sloth. I am a size 14 also, and I ended up with an a-line Casablanca, very simple, with some asymmetrical draping. However, of all the dresses I tried on, the Maggie Sottero’s were ALWAYS SO flattering. They are over $500, but I’m sure you could find plenty pre-owned, as they are very popular. If you’d rather not purchase online, try Davids! I have tried on lots of dresses there, and really really liked several of them!
Post # 6
As a heavier bride myself, I agree with the natural waist and A-line being the most flattering. Another thing I’ve found is angled laying of fabric makes you look more slimming as well. Mine has hand laying across the front, so it makes the waist look smaller and natural looking.. I love it! I never went to David’s, but I’ve heard they’re less expensive. Also check out Alfred Angelo, those are really nice too. You could also go with a bridesmaid dress in white if you find something you really like, that would also be a lot less expensive.
Post # 7
I too am plus sized. I preferred simpler dress with out all the beading. I also found being a size 18/20 the natural wasteline was the most flattering or even a little lower looked ok. I did give in and got a corset back even though i did not want one, but it really helped to flatter my body better. I got a Mori Lee gown for $500. ( i posted a pic of if you wanted to see you can see it on my profile it is the only thread I started) That is without alterations, but all I need is it to be hemmed and a bustle added so shouldn’t cost too much. I found the prices at most of the boutiques/shops to be equal to and even better than Davis Bridal. Good Luck I am sure you will find what you are looking for.