In the interest of full disclosure, I really was not looking forward to this experience. I've watched enough Say Yes to the Dress and read enough wedding blogs to know that wedding dress shopping while plus-sized is something of a mine field because of sample sizes that don't fit, undergarments that won't work, etc.
I was not, however, prepared for the sheer intimidation of walking into a store, being interrogated by a creepy Barbie doll, and penned into a mirror-less dressing room to be brought merchandise, then ushered into a MIRRORED HALLWAY to view these ill-fitting masterpieces from all angles in the company of God knows who else.
Traumatized. Party of one. Thank God Wes came with me because I totally had a mini panic attack. I hate to cut and run in front of witnesses so I pressed on.
Enough talk . . . show me the dress porn.
The creepy Barbie lady gave us a catalog and we marked dresses that we liked. I had already cruised the website for the possibilities and I was feeling somewhat optimistic at that point because David's does offer a large selection of plus sized wedding gowns. Or so I thought. We marked ten or fifteen dresses because I had no idea what silouhette might look good on me or what I might like.
Of all the dresses we marked, they had TWO that we liked. Uh huh. I know.
Dress the first: Style 9T9948
Dress the Second: Style 9T8778
What was less pleasant is how heavy this dress felt. Really, it was like the dress was standing on the floor and I just happened to be inside it. Also, it was a little too white and a little too imposing for the wedding that we're planning.
Those are the two they had of the ones we picked. Our consultant was a trooper though and she brought us more styles to try. Most of them were similar to the second one in that they were very full skirted A-line dresses. One had a corset back and one had off the shoulder straps but beyond those details they looked the same to me. She did also bring out this little number when I reiterated casual and short . . .
Dress the Third: Style N9781
But . . . it's not my wedding dress. Back to the drawing board.