I am at the magical age of having friends who get married back to back, between the months of March and September. Since I’m such an amazing friend and obviously humble, I spend a lot of my time at stores like David’s Bridal helping them with the painstaking decision of choosing their dress.
As it turns out the majority of them had a hard time finding dresses…even at David’s, which has one of the largest selections of plus size gowns next to (RIP) Alfred Angelo. This one time, I had one friend who ended up wearing my dress to her wedding two years after me. In my opinion, it’s because David’s Bridal has the same policy that I live by: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I see you David 😉.
Something I’ve noticed with my many trips to David’s Bridal: If you are above size 16, they will more than likely pull the same 8 dresses for you, regardless of body type. To me, that’s not very effective. A drop waist ball gown is not exactly the move for me, nor is a trumpet. Also, you could be a street size 8 and walk in there having to wear a 12, that’s not all on David, it’s also the designers and their ridiculous guidelines that make every dress a body tourniquet.
If you’ve ever been inside of David’s Bridal, you will see their stock inventory on the floor and be filled with excitement and hope and probably be told to sit down and stop touching their stuff…or maybe that was just me? Once you finish your assessment with your consultant, you go with your consultant and at first they look at the styles you’ve asked for, but almost always have to ‘check the size’ and put it right back. By the end of the search, you end up with a plethora of styles and sizes that don’t necessarily meet your expectations but do meet your budget.
I wonder if budgets make a difference with experience. I highly doubt that, as my budget and other friends budgets were different, and we all tried on the same dresses. David and his Brides must get it all the way together because I’m not sure that many more brides will want to see their friends walk down the aisle in their dress.