I got married on October 13th, 2012 and did my dress shopping this time last year.
I’m going to go into detail about my dress search, because I was really terrified that the salespeople would be rude about my size and maybe this info will help someone else. I’m a 16 in regular clothes, but wedding sizes are weird. I did a TON of research about bridal stores, because not only did I have to make sure they carried my size, but I also had to stay within a budget. I ended up just calling the places and feeling them out — I’d tell them my budget and that I was a plus size and see how they reacted. I had better reactions than I thought I would. I remember bracing myself for rejection when calling a particularly bougie place in New Jersey. The salesperson was frank, but that was helpful — she even gave me a website to go on to get an idea of the plus size stuff within my budget they had so I would be educated for my appointment.
Most places I went to had some plus size samples and some regular samples. Some places would squish me into the regular sample sizes without zipping them up, others would just sort of hold them up to get an idea.
I ended up going with Alfred Angelo. They had a ton of dresses in my size to try on, were well within my budget, and were super helpful. I only really took my mom with me, and she’s very supportive (though my ladies were very helpful during my David’s Bridal appointment). This cut down on any drama and we could just laugh when I looked like absurd. I did make a bunch of stylist changes on my dress and the tailor did this without problem (though obviously I paid for it). Additionally, I had to have it altered down about two sizes between my fitting and my wedding. Eek! I wish I had ordered it smaller, but I didn’t want to be on the other side of that issue! It ended up fine.
We also went to Alfred Angelo for the bridesmaids’ dresses. I felt like that dress really worked for all my beautiful ladies and their varying and gorgeous body shapes.
For more pictures: http://peachplumpearphoto.com/wedding/leslie-and-matt-colonial-dames-wedding-in-philadelphia/
In other “seeing people you recognize on Tumblr” and “oh god it’s a really small world” news, I made the bouquet she’s holding.