I bought mine at David's Bridal and I have to say that while their checkout process at our local store leaves much to be desired, the rest of my experience was fantastic!
They have an array of sizes up to I think 28 in *dozens* of dresses, they have undergarments in the right size so you don't have to feel self conscious and they have alterations on site that can bring out sleeves to pin on to see how they'd look if you're worried about it. I ended up getting http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_Cap-Sl eeved-Satin-Side-Draped-A-Line-Gown-9T 3090_Bridal-Gowns-Shop-By-Size-Plus-Sizes in ivory and let me tell you it does WONDERS for the waist! It also seemed to run true to size, if not even a little generous for mine. I'm usually an 18/20 top, 20/22 bottom and the 20 dress is what I got.
Depending on your budget, you can think about having it made by a local dressmaker. That way, it not only fits perfectly without having to try to squeeze into sample sizes and "imagine" how you'll look, but you can also customize it to get exactly what you want. The cost to have my (relatively involved) dress made is $800 + materials (about $350, but I'm using natural sustainable fabrics that can be on the expensive side), to give you an idea. A simpler dress would likely be cheaper.
I actually got mine as well from David's Bridal. I was really nervous about going for my fitting and everything because of my size, but it went great. And they can also work with you are the ordering for if you need a smaller size later on for the wedding.
We put mine on extended order and then paid it off 60 days later and then they ordered it when we paid it off. When it comes in if we have to we can order a smaller size and then they can be taken in by two sizes and if you get the corset back (which can be put into anydress) you can get another size of leadway up or down.
And even if you end up not buying the gown there, you know what you're looking for and what fits and everything if you were wanting to purchase from a small local boutique. :)
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Fitness Minutes: (149) Posts: 182 4/1/11 11:23 A
I agree about davids bridal they have great services, lovely dresses. I agree about the lovely plus size dresses online. I got my dress and undergarments there and not a bad price parents paid for the dress but i paid for the slip and bra there and they gave us lots of discounts i go there the 9th to get my fitting and the saying that wedding dresses run small wasnt the case for me and i think it depends on were you go and what type of person that store pushes their business toward. good luck with finding ur perfect dress its out there just waiting for u.
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I just bought my dress last weekend at David's Bridal (LOVE that place!). When I walked in she asked me what pant size I was, then pulled the same size of dresses. There was a plus-size bride next to me trying on a bunch of dresses and they were amazing! Seriously, if you have a David's Bridal in your town, I would suggest going to it. Hell, some of the ones that I saw on their website and wanted only came in plus size, so you know they have a GREAT selection.
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Have a look on alfredangelo.com or into bridal boutiques that carry La Sposa, Allure and/or sophiatolli.com . Most bridal shops can order a gown in your size (yes, they do run small) but I recommend trying samples on first. I was surprised to learn that there are three plus-size bridal boutiques within 20 miles of my home. I had no idea. I learned about them at a bridal expo and also on www.theknot.com . Another suggestion is to just call a few local boutiques and ask if they carry plus-sized samples. If they don't, ask them if they can refer you to a store that does.
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I haven't shopped here (yet), but this place gets rave reviews, and has a wedding line:
Also, in my experience shopping with friends for their weddings (I haven't shopped for mine yet but know I really need to get moving on it), even if a store doesn't carry the size you need, they can order the size if you find a dress you love.
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Fitness Minutes: (149) Posts: 182 3/31/11 9:05 A
Ok so im currious about how a plus size girl gets a wedding gown. I mean its not like I can go into any shop for regular clothes so im worried wedding gowns will be impossible for me to buy. I do plan on losing weight..but I have alot to lose so im thinking ill still be in the plus size when my wedding comes around in Sep. I wear a 28 in jeans so idk what my dress size would even be...any help would be greatful. ty
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