Shopping for a wedding dress is one of those things that bring out very different emotions in the young ladies who are buying them for their upcoming wedding. On one hand you are happy because you are marrying the man you love, at least I hope you love the person you are marrying. On the other hand the various planning of the wedding can be extremely stressful on the various things you need to do like the cake, the reception site, church and so forth. Getting the right dress is very important into all of this as well. I checked a few places out when I got my wedding dress and will share that experience with you.
Some people have lots of cash and price is no object. This is not the case for me. I also had a rather difficult groom to deal with. It probably did not help that he was in finance and scared to death of going into debt over a wedding since he used to do collections at his bank when he first started out.
I am by all means not huge, but I do have some meat on my bones. Hubby says he likes me that way. When I was shopping I did find a challenge though. I found that it was hard to get waited on in various stores that me and my maid of honor went to. I found out later the reason why. It was not because they had an issue with us being larger, but since just about all of the shops work off commission they want to try to sell a dress that day. With us they would and did have to order them. We encountered this at one of the places that I will cover below.
One thing to think of when getting your dress is to stay within your budget. It is pretty easy to get sidetracked and spend way more money than you planed. One tip is that is you have your wedding planned around the summer months of say may through august you will probably pay more for various things. We did a September wedding to get the best of both worlds. The weather was good for our honeymoon in Florida and we saved some money. You can often find dresses from last year that are much cheaper and really do not look that different from the current models. Another tip some people do is buy a dress used. It may have been worn or never worn. I figure I do not want someone else’s bad luck, so that was not for us. Now on a car used is ok, but not a wedding dress or engagement ring. That is it as far as tips for the dress go. Here are some of the stores I checked out.
The first place we went to was David’s bridal. The location we visited was the Prices Corner one in Newark, Delaware. They had a pretty decent amount of dresses and the styles. They did not really appear to have much of any selection of dresses over a size ten. Finding sizes over sixteen was nearly impossible. We were there for like ten minutes walking around and no one came over to help us. It was very difficult to even find anyone who worked there. They offer the $99 special all the time, but there is so little selection at that price it is pathetic. You will be lucky to get a decent dress for under $700. Now if you are a smaller girl, you will find some good deals and a wide selection. What really ticked us off about the store was that we felt like we were ignored. Three girls came in, all about size four to seven, they were greeted right away. This really ticked me off. We left and that was the only time I will ever go into that store.
The next store that we checked out was Anastasias Bridal Salon in Wilmington, Delaware. The sales people greeted us very promptly which we liked and appreciated. The dresses were beautiful and they did have some plus selection. There was not a huge amount of plus sizes available, but enough to be able to pick out a dress. The one thing about this store that we did not like is the dresses really seemed to be too expensive. I know it will sound funny, but I was not going to spend a lot of money. I was trying to find a dress for under $500. It did not have to make me look like and English princess, but I did want to look nice. I think the cheapest dress that I liked there was $1,000. Suffice to say the search went on.
We finally made the dress purchase from a local place called VIP Bridal. I must say we really liked it from the start. A couple of the girls who worked there were plus sized and acknowledged us just about as soon as we walked in the door. They had a great selection of dresses in the various sizes and styles. You actually could find several for under $300. I thought that right there made it worth the trip. The seamstress was always there and spoke perfect English. This is very uncommon amongst several of the shops that we went to. The dress I finally picked out was $350 and everyone said I looked like I spent over $2,000 on my dress. What I found talking to the owner is that they get lots of closeouts and seconds. She said lots of times a dress may have a rip and will get marked down 75%. She buys it and does the sewing and then she makes money and saves the customer lots of money. My maid of honor also got her dress there. I liked it so much I went back and bought my ten year high school reunion dress.