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YOGABELLE
Posts: 735
12/31/11 4:54 P

Fiorello



KALLIPSO4
Posts: 4
12/23/11 12:06 A

Alfred Angelo is pretty good. I am very satisfied with my dress.



MANDIETERRIER1
Posts: 13,544
12/17/11 7:12 P

If you buy from a website. Make sure that the website is an authorized dealer of that designer. Some of these websites sell poor quality knock offs. Spelling and grammar are a huge red flag.



JAGODDARD4
Posts: 163
12/13/11 9:24 P

David's Bridal. Best place ever and it's super cheap too. I found a gorgeous dress for $350. Everywhere else I would have paid $1000.



CH2CL2012
Posts: 6
12/6/11 9:05 P

I also live in South Texas - there are more options out there than you might think.

I'd recommend searching websites first. Online shops are getting more savvy, and including more pictures of plus size models in their larger dresses. Looking for styles you think you like, and that would flatter your body. There are numerous sites where you can order to your specific measurements. These are typically made in China and can start at the low basement price of $150 and go up from there. I'd recommend trying things on in the shops before ordering something online.

If there are major bridal shops in your area, great! I live near Corpus, but decided to go to San Antonio. I read a lot of reviews of the different shops in San Antonio, including Alfred Angelo and David's Bridal. Some of the reviews were very negative, especially regarding pushy salespeople.

I personally went to the Alfred Angelo off of I-10, between Wurzbach and Huebner. I would highly recommend Amanda Perez - she was courteous, very knowledgeable about the dresses in the store, and shared in our excitement once we found my dress. We tried on a few, and she got a feeling for what I was looking for. The fourth dress was very good, the fifth dress was the winner.

Using a seamstress to custom make your dress is another option many people don't consider. I know a lot of people who have had dresses custom made for quinceaneras, first communion, etc. Wedding dresses aren't that much more complicated than those. I myself am using a local seamstress to remove the train on my dress rather than driving back and forth to San Antonio to use the seamstress at the bridal shop.

On a final note, don't worry about what the size is. My personal sense is Alfred Angelo is more realistic than David's Bridal when it comes to size numbers. Just remember the number doesn't matter so much as a flattering fit that you feel gorgeous in. Good luck on finding your dress!



Edited by: CH2CL2012 at: 12/6/2011 (21:06)


LIZA_JD
Posts: 457
11/3/11 5:01 P

I haven't started looking yet, but we don't have much of a selection in South Texas so it'll probably have to be Alfred Angelo's and David's Bridal. I'll probably check out both and see what they have to offer.



ANGIEDENISE1
Posts: 84
10/26/11 1:11 P

I've been to several David's Bridal and had great experiences at some and awful at others. Whether or not u like the consultants the fact of the matter is that most of them do have a pretty good selection of plus size dresses. When my sister and i went i had them get the dresses for us but told them otherwise we dont need any help. They were pissed but i just dont really care.

Otherwise i would recommend calling different boutiques in ur area and specifically asking about there plus size inventory. The boutiques tend to have a smaller selection so plan on going to several different once. Unfortunately this is just what we, as plus size women have to do go to many different places. As u try dresses on u will find what works for ur body so u can specifically say what u like: shape, fabric, straps/no straps.

Oh one last thing make sure u have some good undergarments(some places actually offer u undergarments) having the proper undergarments gives u a better idea on how ur dress will look.



JENNA617
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10/14/11 11:51 A

I bought the bridesmaids dress for my brother's wedding and my own dress at David's Bridal. I think it all depends on which one you go to. I personally wouldn't buy a dress online because you can't try it on. I've been to several bridal stores and were different sizes depending on the dress designer. Good luck though!!!



CHRISTEENIEB
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10/12/11 8:36 P

I would ask the bridal boutique before you make an appointment. I went to several places and had to put on a size 12 that clearly did not fit so it was hard to decide if it was the one. Much easier to decide if they carry a size that can fit!



CHRISTEENIEB
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10/12/11 8:33 P

I would ask the bridal boutique before you make an appointment. I went to several places and had to put on a size 12 that clearly did not fit so it was hard to decide if it was the one. Much easier to decide if they carry a size that can fit!



MANDIETERRIER1
Posts: 13,544
10/12/11 1:49 P

If you had a large budget for your wedding gown, you could go to Kleinfeld in New York. And then there is Bridal's by Lori, in Atlanta. These salons seem to stock plus sized gowns. At least they do for the show 'Say Yes to the Dress' There gowns are thousands of dollars though. (I dream of going to either salon, but could never afford it)

Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 10/12/2011 (13:50)


ARKERLIN
Posts: 88
10/11/11 9:44 A

The only benefit I found to Alfred Angelo is that I was able to try on dresses that actually fit.



MANDIETERRIER1
Posts: 13,544
10/10/11 1:29 P

I am sure that different Alfred Angelo Salons take better care of their samples. I have seen there dresses online and they are pretty and reasonably priced. Personally I would never buy my gown from a store that didn't take care of their floor models.

Kind of like there are really good David's Bridals and then there are some really poor DB's I am lucky that I practically have a bridal salon on every corner (ok a slight exaggeration) So they work hard to get people to stay and buy.



DIGITALJEDI
Posts: 295
10/10/11 11:42 A

People are really hating on Alfred Angelo's sample dresses, but I really love that place! The manager was a little snooty, but overall had a wonderful (well fitting!) plus size dress buying experience.



MANDIETERRIER1
Posts: 13,544
10/8/11 11:12 A

I have seen stores where the consultants don't care for the garments. I couldn't imagine buying one of those samples. That would be gross. I would not even order a gown from them. It seems like they don't care about their stock. That is a big red flag about how they are going to treat my dress if I order from them.

I have seem many salons where the samples are pristine like they just came off of the truck.

I guess it depends on the management or owner.

If I owned a bridal salon, it would be like Kleinfeld in New York. No one would be able to try on dresses without the help of a consultant. The consultants would probably even wear gloves

Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 10/8/2011 (11:16)


ARKERLIN
Posts: 88
10/7/11 3:54 P

I hate to tell you...but the dresses I tried on at Alfred Angelo were a mess. Pen, Marker, Make-up, ect. I can't imagine anyone buying those samples.





MANDIETERRIER1
Posts: 13,544
10/6/11 12:26 P

The reason consultants insist on helping is because those gowns are expensive. And they will sell the sample dresses eventually. They need the dresses to be in good shape when they do try to sell them. The consultants are trained to handle the gowns to keep them in good condition.

Stores that sell higher end gowns are going to be even more meticulous

Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 10/6/2011 (12:27)


AMANDASHRINKING
Posts: 798
10/6/11 12:01 P

I dont know about any other place but davids BUT I got my braidsmaid dress there for my sisters wedding and they had lots to pick from....BUT THE PEOPLE DROVE ME CRAZY I WANTED TO SLAP THEM ALL...THEY WOULD NOT LET ME AND HER JUST FIGURE OUT WHAT WE LIKED AND THEY WHERE ALLWAYS OUTSIDE OF THE ROOM AND I WANTED HER TO HELP ME ZIP AND STUFF I DONMT LIKE STRANGERS TOUCHING ME AND THEY JUST WOULD NOT GO AWAY



MANDIETERRIER1
Posts: 13,544
10/4/11 5:25 P

Many bridal salons now carry plus sized dresses. You could probably google them and check them out on the web before you make an appointment.

As far as websites go, there is Sydney's Closet. My sister gets her special occasion clothes from them. I don't know of any other websites that I trust. And many bridal gown designers do not sell to websites.



ARKERLIN
Posts: 88
10/4/11 11:36 A

Unfortunately, David's Bridal is one of the worst rated bridal salons.

Has anyone tried to order their dress online?



LUANN_IN_PA
Posts: 15,882
10/4/11 9:50 A

David's Bridal has an excellent selection of plus size gowns.



ARKERLIN
Posts: 88
10/4/11 7:42 A

Where is the best place to buy plus size wedding dresses? Even if I lost weight, I'll still probably be in the "plus size" range.



 
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