I have been waiting to share my dress shopping experience with y’all for a few weeks now. The time is finally here…and I don’t know where to start, haha. I have not shared much about the actual details of our wedding, but I will go ahead and tell you all that it is soon, real soon. So one of the challenges in my dress shopping experience was that I was limited to gowns that were already in production, and in my size. But don’t worry I did find my dream gown.
I went to three different dress shops. The first one I went to was Simpsons Bridal outside of Charlotte. It is a cute little boutique with all well priced gowns, I don’t think they have anything over $2,000. The sales girls are all really young and sweet. I chose to just go with my mom since it was my first time trying on dresses, and I also had a cold, which didn’t really add to the “fun factor”. There were about 8 dresses there I tried on. They had dresses in my size but not as many as other stores I went to later. The sales associates would clip the dresses to you, but I will be honest this store I was least impressed when it came to my trying on experience. They didn’t do the best job clipping the dresses to you. Also since it is a small boutique it can often feel a little packed. Don’t get me wrong though it is a nice place, but just not my favorite.
This was my second favorite (above) so beautiful and classic.
The second time I went shopping I took my mom and two best friends. I knew that day I had to had to get a dress. My mom was leaving the next weekend to go on a trip, and I was already cutting it close with time. We went to two stores that day, starting off at New York Bride and Groom in Charlotte. They do not take appointments, it is first come first serve so we got there right when it opened. This is not the store I purchased my dress from, but it was by far my favorite shopping experience. They have so many dresses to pick from and all different sizes. Their sales associates were so helpful and always got the dress pined on me just right so I could go show it off to my mom and friends. There were two dresses there that I loved. There was one I loved slightly more then the other but they said they would not be able to get it in time for my wedding. The other dress I loved (which is pictured above) I would however be able to get in time. I knew I had another appointment that afternoon so I told them I would think about it and come back later that day if it is what I decided on. Don’t get me wrong I really did love the dress and would have been happy with it, but wanted to see what the other salon had.
The third store we went to in the afternoon was Angolique Bridal, they are by appointment only. Their salon is huge, but more of a warehouse kind of feel. They had several dresses in my size and style for me to look at. The dresses at this store can get quite expensive though so if you are on a tight budget be mindful. My sales associate was very nice, and my girls had a cute little place to sit with a big mirror for me to stand in front of. This was a fun experience (obviously I picked my dress, haha) but I did prefer the atmosphere of New York Bride and Groom. The exact dress I loved at the other store, but was told they would not be able to get in time was at this store as well. However the sales associate at Angolique’s told me that they would be able to get the dress in my size in time. It was already made and sitting in a warehouse. I was beyond thrilled and knew I had found my gown. I was blessed that the dress was already made so I would be able to have it in less then a month so they could then start on alterations. My first fitting is next Monday afternoon.
Tips for plus size wedding dress shopping
I really wanted to be fully transparent in this section of the post, because I want to help others have the best shopping experience. The Knot is where I looked at dresses online, it usually lists the size range each dress is offered in. Also when making an appointment call the dress store and ask how many dresses they have for you to try on in your size. They will tell you “oh don’t worry we can get you into any dress size” ahh no. I am a street size 18 and I felt “comfortable in trying on wedding dress size 14 and up. The 14 obviously didn’t fit but I would comfortably go out and show the people in my party. At two of the salons I went to they had a trunk shoe going on (yea! right? no) all of the dresses in the trunk show were 4-8. There was one dress I wanted to try on so badly but it was a size 6, I was heartbroken. So if you are a plus size girl don’t get to excited about trunk shows. My last point is really don’t get caught up in the number. Like I said earlier I am a street 18, and I won’t lie to y’all my wedding dress was ordered in a size 24. But that doesn’t matter to me, being in a dress that makes me feel amazing is what matters. I am so thrilled to have found the dress of my dreams and share such a fun experience with my mom and close friends.