Let’s face it—there’s a ton of pressure on the whole wedding dress shopping experience. You’re supposed to have this magical ‘aha’ moment where you try on a dress that fits like a glove and everyone in the room cheers and you just know you’ve found the one. But if I’m being honest? I didn’t think I would ever have that experience.
It feels sort of strange saying this out loud, but the reality then (and now!) is that I’m a “plus size” gal—I figured there was no way I could ever go to a showroom to try on sample size gowns. Instead, I went out of my way looking for someone who could customize a gown for me. This totally upset my mom! Since I’m her only daughter, she wanted the experience of trying on wedding gowns with me. So, one weekend I surprised her and flew to San Diego for a few days of wedding dress shopping. The moment I stepped off the plane, we headed to David’s Bridal in Mission Valley. I’ll admit I wasn’t expecting much—most stores don’t carry my size, and I thought I would only be able to try on a couple of gowns.
Boy, was I wrong! David’s Bridal had such a wonderful selection of plus-sized gowns—it was incredible! I had so much fun trying different gowns on with my mom, and I found one I really loved (similar to what you see above…hello, empire waist!). The dress perfectly fit my curvy body, sucked me in and best of all had pockets! It truly was the perfect dress. Although I ultimately decided to continue with the custom dress, I truly regret not buying the David’s Bridal gown. My custom gown still didn’t fit me quite right, and I still think about my fun dress buying experience with my mama, those pockets and how I felt in that David’s Bridal gown, plus it was super affordable. I’m still kicking myself right now for not getting it!
In my own wedding gown shopping experience, I learned that an empire waist (like the gown above!) is the most slimming for my body type. I love the structured simplicity—it’s all about the silhouette, not the embellishments. Just like I realized that not every dress fit me perfectly, David’s Bridal understands that not everyone is the same, and they are accommodating of all sizes. They really do have something for everyone, every body and every budget. Plus-sized ladies like me can still have that amazing wedding gown shopping experience finding the dress of their dreams, and I think that’s wonderful. It’s so important to feel like the best, most genuine version of yourself on your wedding day, and David’s Bridal makes that possible. If you couldn’t tell already, we are especially excited to share with you a few of our favorite new David’s Bridal Collection wedding dresses, perfectly fit for a classic-style bride!
This illusion lace and chiffon A-line gown is so dreamy! Timeless, elegant and all-around charming.
This is my kind of gown—empire waist, and can you believe this gown is under $500?! If you need a bit more support up top, delicate straps are the way to go with this pleated tulle ball gown! They give you extra lift without adding bulk.
Call it The Beauty and the Beast influence, but princess style is back! David’s Bridal has dozens of ballgowns like this scalloped v-neck lace and tulle ball gown that will fulfill all your big dress dreams.
Isn’t the delicate beading on this tulle A-line dress stunning? We love that subtle sparkle detail. David’s Bridal has everything you need to complete your look, from handbags to headpieces to jewelry and shoes. And their seamstresses work in-house! Seriously, so easy.
This ruched bodice chiffon A-line gown is the epitome of chic, and the ruching does an amazing job of accentuating your waistline! David’s Bridal has so many ways to help you find the perfect dress: you can sort your favorites online before heading to the store using their online planning tools, and once you’re trying the dress on in-person, expert stylists and seamstresses will guide you through your whole wedding planning journey. Thanks to David’s Bridal, everyone really can have that ‘dream’ wedding gown shopping experience!