Searching for the Big White Dress

After dreaming of dresses online, I went to David’s Bridal to look at the dresses on the hangers rather than just looking at them digitally, and I wasn’t impressed. Not to say that they don’t have beautiful dresses there, just that the selection for the type of dress I was looking for was very limited in my size. And I definitely wasn’t interested in buying a dress without trying it on. And the alternates that the consultant was suggesting that I could potentially try on made me think of Marie Antoinette. So back to the computer I headed to be more thorough in my online searching.

Be on your way, Mr. PB”¦


Frustrated with the options at what I consider a store that should have dresses in plenty of sizes, I started to look online for stores or designers that have plus-size bridal lines. Allure has beautiful plus-size dresses as part of its Women line, but it was Mori Lee’s Julietta collection that really caught my attention. One dress in particular had me sure it was the one for me.

Meet Julietta 3113—She is chiffon and has beaded embroidery, bling, but not too much, and a corset back.

I texted this picture to bridesmaids and told them this was the one. I NEEDED to find it to try it on. The Mori Lee website gives information for local vendors that carry their lines but not specific dresses or samples. I called over 80 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Ohio, and none of them had this specific sample in their store.

I ended up messaging Mori Lee on its Facebook page to find out about the closest sample. After a second post (they didn’t answer my first one), they let me know the location of the closest sample: Philadelphia, AKA six hours away. I somewhat jokingly mentioned a trip to Philadelphia to try the dress on to Mr. PB, and he actually was on board. He suggested we bring Gee and Frack, that way I’d have a bridesmaid’s opinion and he could hang out with his brother while I was at the bridal shop.

While I loved the idea of Frack being with me in Philly, I wanted to make sure the local bridesmaids and the moms could participate in wedding-dress shopping too; I knew it was something they were looking forward to. Before heading to the City of Brotherly Love, I decided to schedule a day and invite the five local bridesmaids and the moms, and whoever could come could be there. Originally, I was concerned about finding a time that works for everyone, but I figured I would drive myself batty doing that. Overall, I think the plan worked, the ladies all felt involved, and they got to see me play dress-up.

Did anyone else struggle to find dresses in their size in actual stores? Was I crazy to think of a six-hour trip to try on a dress?


Mrs. Phone Booth

Rochester, NY
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March 2014
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    thunderberry 511 posts, Busy bee @ 6:07 am

    I didn’t have a problem with sizes, but my home town only has two bridal stores and neither of them had dresses that were the style I really wanted. I ended up flying to Montreal to try on dresses where I finally found the one! So nope, I don’t think you’re crazy at all :)

  2. milkcow Member
    Mrs. Milk Cow 215 posts, Helper bee @ 6:26 am

    Ahh that dress is gorgeous – I’d drive six hours to try it on too!

  3. roadtrip Member
    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 7:03 am

    If I hadn’t found my dress when I did (and even then, I drove 2 hours to do so–twice!) the next plan was to do a 5-hour road trip with some friends, so 6 hours doesn’t sound so bad to me :)

    And, no, I chose my dress shops carefully to make sure I’d be able to try on plenty of options.

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    Mrs. Rubber Stamps 821 posts, Busy bee @ 7:16 am

    I think experiences at David’s Bridal must vary by store/region. I had plenty of plus size options at my DB versus the local ’boutique’ stores. I will say though the dress wasn’t that high of a priority for me so I wasn’t willing to go crazy to find other options.

  5. parisian Member
    Miss Parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 8:12 am

    I definitely don’t think you’re crazy for taking a road trip to find the dress you wanted. Plus that dress is gorgeous! I searched bridal shops for a specific (late-season) dress as well, and ended up buying from a shop an hour away from home even though there are no less than 6 bridal shops within 5 minutes of home. Whatever, you do what you have to do. 😉

  6. pyramid Member
    Mrs. Pyramid 104 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:13 am

    That dress is GORGE.
    A trip for the dress sounds like fun, but it’d be a big bummer if that ended up not being it!

  7. campfire Member
    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:35 am

    What a beautiful dress! I considered driving to Portland, OR to try on a dress (and actually could have done so with my mother-in-law) but decided against it.

  8. msbicycle Member
    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 8:36 am

    You called 80 stores?! That is dedication!!

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    missgoldfish 454 posts, Helper bee @ 12:31 pm

    That’s a beautiful dress! And Philly for the win! I’m curious, what bridal store in Phily carried it?

  10. phonebooth Member
    Mrs. Phone Booth 57 posts, Worker bee @ 1:46 pm

    @thunderberry, @Mrs. Road Trip, @Miss Parisian, @Mrs. Campfire, @Mrs. Bicycle: I definitely think some brides get a serious case of dedication to a dress :)

    @Mrs. Rubber Stamps: I think part of my issue with not finding anything was because of the type of dress I wanted. David’s Bridal has hundreds of dresses but seeing I was looking for something specific, it just wasn’t there for me.

    @MissGoldFish: It’s actually about a half hour from Philly: Yes to the Dress in Huntingdon Valley, PA.

  11. msfilly Member
    Mrs. Filly 65 posts, Worker bee @ 5:24 pm

    That is pretty badass – roadtripping for the perfect dress. Fingers crossed it was just as perfect in person as it seems in the photo!

  12. gondola Member
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:13 am

    You called 80 stores?! I am so impressed by your determination! And no, you aren’t crazy to take a six hour road trip. I flew to the a States to get mine.

    Also, I love your stop sign!

  13. phonebooth Member
    Mrs. Phone Booth 57 posts, Worker bee @ 9:23 am

    @Miss Filly: You’ll have to wait and see 😛

    @Mrs. Gondola: Flying to the states might be a bit more of a trek. You win this round 😛 And thanks for the stop sign love (it’s not like Mr. PB reads the ‘Bee but I just wanted to protect myself in case :P)

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