Apparently if you want to buy a nice floral gown for a beach wedding, you have to be a size 10. Or smaller.
If you go to Bloomingdales, though, and are willing to spend $600 or more, you can be a size 12, because that's the largest size some designers will allow. When I told the lady that I was a 12, 14, or 16, depending on the designer, she said, "Well, this designer only goes to a 12 and that won't fit you."
THEN she said, "What about this dress?" And she pulled a navy blue, OLD grandmother of the bride dress off the rack on the other side of the aisle.
Now I'm not sensitive about my age or my size, truly, I'm not. But it's completely unacceptable that I can't find a dress to wear that is floral, is not made of heavy textured satin, and doesn't cover me up from head to toe like I'm wearing a nun's habit. I'm really not into letting it all hang out, but I was hoping for something bright and cheerful, maybe a bit tropical, and a little floaty... Something along the lines of this dress (although I'm not a big fan of the one shoulder look)...