Just getting right to it, I would like to get some insight about getting a dress being plus size at Davids Bridal. Unfortunately not all plus size women are curvy...I have none and I am not an avg size among plus size women. I am super short at 5ft and I range between a size 24 to 26. Needless to say the models online for Davids Bridal look nothing like me haha. Has anyone else had this issue? At least looking online it would be nice to feel comforted thinking “Oh that dress would fit me similarly or this dress looks like it would be okay on me..” But since the models don’t look anything like my body type its hard to feel comfortable enough to walk into a dress appointment. If I go there will they have enough sample sizes to give me a good picture of a dress on me? Did anyone similar to me get their dress there as a plus size bride? If so would you mind sharing a picture of how the dresses looked on you? I think just seeing some everyday (not online models) in the dresses may put my mind at ease 😅 Also does anyone know of any photographs that really cater to plus size brides? Thank you ❤️
Oh and the reason I am looking at Davids Bridal rather than a bridal salon like Della Curva is just for budget reasons~ I would love to be able to afford something at Della Curva, but I do not think it’d be possible 😢
Hi! I'm plus sized and had never worn "dress sizes" ever. What I did was schedule an appointment at David's Bridal to try on dresses. I went in with the mentality that if I found "The Dress" at DB, I would purchase it, but it was ok if I didn't. I tried on a bunch of styles I thought would flatter me and also took suggestions. They told me what size I would fit into, but I ended up not finding "The Dress". Instead I went online to a dress website, looked up their sizing charts, figured out what measurements would be needed for a custom sized dress, and bought a measuring tape to measure myself with help from FH. I compared the DB number size, website sizing chart and measurements I took and ended up ordering my dress in custom size and don't need any alterations. Sites like Cocomelody.com , azazie.com and jjshouse.com have affordable options in plus sizes. I hope this helps!
I'm plus sized, size 18, 5' 2 and I bought my dress from there.
To get an idea of what the dress would look like I looked to see if anyone posted pictures in the reviews of the dress. I also searched the style numbers on Instagram. I looked at the davids bridal hashtag too. It sounds excessive (and probably is) but I had an idea of how different styles of dress would look on me before I started shopping.
Something else to note, literally everyone, regardless of shape or size, will have some dress styles that look truly terrible and some that look great (and the sample sizes pretty much never fit!). Wedding dresses have so more effort put into shape/design than normal clothing, so they can be very polarizing. For the ugly ones... take them off and forget about them! Your first shopping trip is a fact-finding mission, sometimes you find what doesn’t work first ☺️
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Thank you for sharing ❤️ The custom dress you ordered was that through david’s bridal. Like did you measure yourself then order a special size? Or was it you bought your dress through another size altogether?
For online sites is there a way to try on a fee dresses and send them back? I know one or two regular stores like torrid I believe that do.
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Yeah and I think there is a part of me that would feel terrible for anyone who goes with me to the bridal appointment, even for the stylists helping me that if I try on sooo many dresses and don’t find anything I like. It feels like such a waste, which is why I am trying to so hard to find anything online that may help me “visualize” better if that makes sense 😅
If you get a good consultant, ask her/him to pull some dresses they think would look good on your body type! They dress brides and women of all different shapes and sizes all day every day, so they might have an idea of what looks good and it might be something you never even thought of. I'd suggest starting with an A line shape though if you're concerned about feeling down because none of the models match you. A lines pretty much work for everyone and then you can kind of go from there! Best of luck, have a blast.
I can totally understand that, we all want to look stunning on our wedding day and the worry of not is really daunting when you're trying them on. One thing my consultant said was to not focus on sizing or what other people looked like...just look at myself and pick what I felt beautiful in. That's what I did and I had a great experience. Hope you do too!
I worked in bridal for three years at a small boutique, not David's, but I can give some sizing insight. The biggest thing, right off the bat- when you try the dresses on, they will be way way too long. Most bridal gowns are scaled for a height of 5'10", which, given how petite you are, will mean that not only the hem, but the waist of the dress could hit lower than expected. I don't know how David's works, but with my store some designers would let us order custom length, and would scale the pattern to fit your height. If that's available, I'd highly recommend it. If you are looking for a curvy silhouette, I highly recommend something with a corset back. In terms of other places to check, I'd recommend BHLDN (Anthropolgie's bridal line). They have some absolutely gorgeous gowns in your size! (https://www.bhldn.com/categories/plus-size-wedding-dresses) They also do returns, so if you order a dress online and don't wind up loving it, you can send it back (which is rare in this industry). It's normal to feel a little nervous for these appointments, but try to keep an open mind and enjoy yourself as much as possible! Let me know if you have any other questions!
I was SO worried about dress shopping before I went! I also thought I wouldn’t have anything to try on. I went to two different David’s Bridal’s and had really good experiences both times. When I went dress shopping I was 5’3” and a size 20. They had plenty of samples in a range of sizes. You will be able to try stuff on! I tried on a bunch of other dresses (I think about five each appointment), but I can only find pictures of the one I bought
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Thank you so much for a thorough reply and the suggestion, I am definitely going to check them out ❤️ I think the fact that the sample sizes wont fit very well to my torso is going to make it hard for me to visualize so I guess I need to figure that out. Thank you so much!
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Thank you so much for sharing a picture and assuring me that its okay not to find my dress the first appointment, that is such a worry for me althoughI know it shouldnt haha Its such a beautiful dress you chose. Thanks for the reassurance i needed that ❤️