First, join the club!
Sample sizes are SMALL! A regular size 14 is a sample size 8! Gah!
Second, don’t freak out. You’re not alone. The average American girl is a size 16, which means, yep, most women don’t fit sample sizes! Nevertheless, it’s easy to get frustrated.
If there’s one thing I remember from my wedding dress shopping experience, it was the frustration I felt walking into a bridal salon and only having a handful of gowns (if that!) to try on because all of them were too small. Then, when I did muster up the confidence to try on those handful, I couldn’t tell what the dress would look like in my actual size.
This photo is a reminder of that– I was at the bridal shop where my stepmom bought her wedding gown. We went together, made a day of it, and it was supposed to be a happy time… After all, wedding dress shopping should be fun, right?
But then there was the realization that this store didn’t have a large selection, and there were only 2 (maybe 3) gowns that would fit my size 10/12 frame. I was embarrassed, but I pressed on, mostly for my stepmom, she had fond memories of the place.
But then there I was- in a tiny dressing room… with a tiny dress… alone. I tried to pull the expensive gown over my head, step into it, something, but it didn’t feel right; it didn’t fit. There’s no mirrors in the room… you have to come out. It was a real WTF moment.
I got over it, tried to make the most of the situation, and stepped out. My stepmom was teary eyed immediately! She loved the dress. The bridal associate quickly pulled out all the bells and whistles- the fake bouquet and the veil. Ta da! Nobody said anything about the fact that it wasn’t zipped. Really?
In the end, I didn’t get this gown, and in fact, I tried on a dozen or more others, but the experience stuck with me; it’s part of the reason I was inspired to start this blog.
If this is something you’re worried about, fear not! Here are some tips to keep in mind:
Tips for Shopping Sample Sizes:
Curvy Girl Bridal is a unique bridal shop offering gowns from top designers in sizes 12-32! They’ve won numerous awards from The Knot to Wedding Wire to Washingtonian’s Bride & Groom Magazine, and it’s no wonder. I had the privilege of interviewing the owner, Ruth. Check back later today for that post 🙂 You won’t want to miss this!
Are you worried about sample sizes?
For the newlyweds, do you have any experiences with this?