At the 2 bridal shops I went to, I secretly found amusement in the half-my-size attendants having to hoist the 6842848680 lb dresses over my head. Of course, every sample dress was way too short and I ended up having to pay more for "extra length" BUT the thing that saved me from needing any alterations was the lace-up back. This is KEY if you want to save 100s on alterations because you can just tighten or loosen the bodice according to how bloated you're feeling that day. So, even though I had to pay more for a dress that was long enough, it probably all evened out since I didn't have to shell out cash for alterations.(Click "Read More" below the pic to read on).
|Me in my "extra length" dress from Alfred Angelo|