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Nervous about wedding dress shopping

Lauren, on June 19, 2021 at 8:46 PM Posted in Wedding Attire 0 6
Our date is 5/21/22 and I’m going to start dress shopping next month. I’m a mid-size / curvy gal who wears a 14 usually. I probably have about 30-40 lbs to lose which I hopefully will do before the wedding. But what I’m nervous about are the dresses at the bridal stores to try on. What size do they typically go up to? I nervous I’m going to be brought all these dresses to try on that will barely go up. Are more stores offering plus size options to try on? I’m probably stressing for nothing, I hope!!!


Latest activity by Mcskipper, on June 20, 2021 at 9:59 AM
  • Caitlyn
    Dedicated October 2021
    Caitlyn ·
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    I was worried too but it was fine! I think most shops go up to at least an 18 or 22. I normally wear a 16/18 and I still had many options to try on at the shop I went to. I wish you the best of luck! I hope you find your dream dress!
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  • Apryl
    Devoted March 2022
    Apryl ·
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    All stores are different. Be prepared to try on a sample sized dress that does not fit. Look at the general shape of the dress not the fit. Also wedding dresses run small. I had to order mine two sizes larger than my street size.
    Remember your body is not the issue. The industry is.
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  • Sharonda
    Rockstar January 2021
    Sharonda ·
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    Many bridal shops have plus size sample sizes. I did a little research before I went dress shopping and identified those shops in my area that have plus size dresses in stock to try on. I planned a dress shopping day with my mom, sisters and grandmother and hit up 4 of those shops in one day. In fact, I ended up buying a sample size 22 at one of those shops that day!! Do your research and you’ll be able to find plenty of options for your dress search. Good luck!!
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  • Emily
    Devoted June 2021
    Emily ·
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    I’m a size 14 and I can only remember one dress (out of like 100) that I tried on that was too small. I wouldn’t worry!!
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  • C
    Master January 2019
    Cassidy ·
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    You sound about my size. I had not problems trying on dresses. They had plenty that got me. Most even had to clamped smaller. I did try on one that was too small but it for enough to get a feel of the dress. Don’t stress about it.
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  • Mcskipper
    Master July 2018
    Mcskipper ·
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    Don’t expect to try on dresses that will fit. They mostly wont, some might be too small, some might be too big. Most stores only carry a few sample sizes. The consultants job is to sit the dress on you so that you can get a feel for what it *would* look like in your size. Sometimes this means backs left open, sometimes it means extra fabric clipped and bunched up. Remember it’s not about your size, but rather, sample sizes don’t fit MOST people. Even in the range or when the sizes look like what you think should fit you, don’t stress if they don’t. They’ll make it look like it does. And that is normal.

    Every store will be a little bit different though. David’s Bridal, I think, had the most sample size selection, felt like they were actually fitting. One store I went in had samples in a 4 and samples in a 14. I was probably a 10, and they put me in some of each of those, but they made them all look normal. One in particular i was really loving and they had had me in the 4, but when I liked it so much they went to look for the larger sample size so I could see it from a different perspective too , which was nice.
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