Sunday, 8 March 2015

My Wedding Dress Journey: Dress Shop 1

Dress Shop 1

Not the first I visited, but the worst experience for me. (I will stress for me... they knew what they were doing and they were polite, but were more geared to smaller gals)

Having visited this dress shop with a friend (when she was trying on dresses) I asked if they would have dresses to fit me. The lady was confident she had LOADS of dresses I could try on... I was skeptical but after all I am standing right in front of her and she could see my shape and size so I booked an appointment.

I tried on 3 dresses here... well 4 if you count the one that was pinned to my front!

Also the appointments were not private, so when I was squished into dresses that were too small I had to walk into a room full of strangers in order to show my accompanying party. Now I'm fairly robust, I don't hate my body I just accept it, people are different... if I spend my life wishing I was different life will pass me by! Anyhow I didn't experience any negativity (maybe I was just lucky, or naive)

So let's have some pictures! 

I don't have any of the details for these dresses to put in this post, so apologies for that. (If any brides to be think that they might like one of these dresses I can supply the shop details on request!)

The first dress was too narrow from the hips downwards, the chiffon type fabric was not for me, also it wasn't comfortable in any way, which is so important! (It's a long day, everyone who has been a bride will say that, they are not REALLY is!) The internal structure of the dress felt flimsy like the bones would bend and it wouldn't stay put! I knew I didn't want a dress that I would be adjusting all day, there is a lot of attention on you and I didn't want to be wiggling and adjusting as someone is always looking at you!
The next dress was also not for me (I had the same comfort and fit concerns as dress 1) also my mum hates duchess satin! I must say I'm not keen it was really heavy! 
The third dress was amazing in it's own right, this pose was me with my fairy princess wand! 
That's my mum in the background she is so cute! 
As amazing as this dress was, it was not the look I was going for.

I should have left it at that! Then this happened:

To be fair this doesn't look as bad as it felt but the memory of having a dress pinned to my front and having nothing on the back wasn't great..  my back really was against the wall for a reason! It's important to be strong, if you don't want this experience, say so don't let it happen.

Let's face it I didn't fall in love with any of the dresses. I must stress the shop was not for me, there was not enough choice and I wasn't willing to settle for a dress because it's all I could get. 

The dream shop is out there I promise... I found it!


  1. Sorry to hear you didn't have a great experience. I dread moments like that! The third dress is bloody beautiful though <3 xxx

    1. I did find my dream experience in the end, Stay tuned! x

  2. The third dress looks amazing on you! But I'm biased because my wedding dress looks similar lol.

  3. The plus size bridal thing needs so much more work, you look amazing and I'm sorry your experiences wasn't great but congratulations on your impending big day, you will look amazing!

    Diamonds n Pearls

    1. Never fear, I found a fantastic shop which I'm building up to posting about, we got married in December and I did find an awesome dress! Stay tuned!

  4. I'm married and I skipped the traditional ceremony thing but I have to admit I would search (online only) for dresses here and there. Why is the plus size market for wedding dresses so lacking? I was really nervous at the idea of trying on dresses being plus size. I think you look pretty in all of them but happiest in the third one.


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