I've noticed that there is a significant difference in size of the sample dress that a store chooses to stock depending on which store you visit.
At one store, the bridesmaid dresses were sizes 6-10. Some of my friends couldn't even try on some dresses. We then went to a different store which had some 12-14. I wish I had known, and could have saved my friends the initial embarrasment. One dress was a size 6 in one store but a different store stocked a a size 14.
I thought I'd mention this to give warning to anyone who is about to go dress shopping. Maybe other people could reply with the range of sizes they found at different stores? This could save any plus-sized bridesmaids some disappointment and embarrasment.
Vivi's Bridal (Richmond Hill) - Mostly sizes 6-10
Ritche Bridal (Toronto) - Mostly 10-14, some 16