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Trying on wedding dresses - help!!!

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#1 Angela139

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    Posted 12 March 2009 - 03:53 PM

    Okay, I'm kind of freaking out... I'm planning to go dress shopping this weekend with my MOH. I'm a size 12 ("street size"). I'm starting to hear (and read) about how I'm therefore actually a plus size bride, and that I will have a hard time trying on dresses because things wont be carried in my size??!! I know I'm not small, but I'm hardly big enough that I shouldn't be able to try on wedding dresses!!?? I can't believe that would be true - can anyone offer any insight?

    If it is of any relevance, I have my heart set on a Maggie Sottero (well, several.. lol)

    #2 YaelM


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      Posted 12 March 2009 - 04:03 PM

      Hi - I dont think you should have any issues! Most of the Maggie sample dresses I tried on I think were an 8 or a 10 but they are stretched out so they are bigger. I also found Maggie dress sizes to be pretty much inline with "street" sizes. Also even if some of the dresses may not zip or tie up all the way you should be able to get an idea of how it looks. Finally there is always david's bridal which carries bigger sizes but not Maggies

      #3 Virg

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        Posted 12 March 2009 - 08:46 PM

        I really don't think you will have an issue, I was also a size 12 when I was dress shopping, and most fit well, and were around a size 14.
        they had a few that were quite small, but also a few that were very large :)
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        #4 lgarner83

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          Posted 12 March 2009 - 09:04 PM

          Don't stress, I'm the same size as you and I could try on every dress in the store. In fact, I didn't even try on any plus size dresses :)

          #5 LisaB

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            Posted 12 March 2009 - 09:33 PM

            You should go to the states adn go to davids bridal
            they have all kinds of sizes and can get sizes in

            #6 ErinB


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              Posted 12 March 2009 - 09:53 PM

              You need to look for dresses that you like. IGNORE THE SIZES!

              You might want to wear some Spanx and leave your inhibitions at home. even though a dress my not zip, you can still get an idea of how it will look. (you will have a little skin showing.

              Corset back dresses are a good option as they are a little more adjustable.

              Be sure to take your mom and a friend who can help you out. Someone might need to stand behind you and hold a part of the dress so you can see what it will really look like.

              I am also a 12 street size. I had a horrible time dress shopping! I am really busty and almost no dresses would zip over the girl! Also, the designers all run differently. In one company I wore a 12 and in another I was a 20! I probably wouldn't try on anything smaller than an 8 or 10, ONLY because it will be harder to envision.

              I took pictures of every dress I tried on and in most of them I have my arms squished down to hold up a dress! LOL

              It can be a frustration process, but you will find the perfect dress, I promise!

              #7 rach220

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                Posted 13 March 2009 - 01:35 AM

                I think you will be fine...I remember the first time I went dress shopping it seemed like every single dress I tried on was a 12 or 14. I assumed that was what most "sample sizes" were so they would fit a variety of people (with clamps if needed). I think 12 is pretty average!

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                #8 ~Stephanie~

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                  Posted 13 March 2009 - 09:52 AM

                  I have no advice for you as I have not yet been dress shopping but you have expressed my biggest fear! Since I have the time I am trying to get in shape and shed some sizes and start dress shopping this fall. But if I can't pull it off I just know I'll be in tears on what should be a really exciting day! They charge extra for bigger sizes too. And I really don't want to have to tell the photographer to make sure I don't look fat in all the pictures!

                  I do think that you have nothing to worry about from what I have heard. Good Luck and have fun! Let us know how it goes!

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                  #9 *Casey*

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                    Posted 13 March 2009 - 09:56 AM

                    You're fine... My sister was your size and when I went with her to try on dresses, she didn't have a problem at all. Most of the sample sizes are 8 or 10, but that doesn't even matter. When you find one you love, just order it in your size. No biggie... everyone goes through this. Can't wait to see what you find!!!

                    #10 tylersgirl

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                      Posted 13 March 2009 - 10:05 AM

                      Don't worry at all! =) Most of the sample dresses I saw were 10-12's too. Plus Maggie Dresses come in all different sizes. Good luck finding the perfect dress

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