Shopping Tips for Plus Size Wedding Dress

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Choosing a wedding dress is usually one of the most exciting things a bride does during the wedding planning process. But for many brides, it’s also stressful. If you’re a plus size bride, the thought of picking a plus size wedding dress may seem particularly intimidating, especially if you’ve never worm a formal gown and aren’t sure what looks best compliment your body type. If this sounds like you, follow these helpful tips to find a wedding dress that will play up your assets and help you look and feel confident on your big day!

Look at plus size models for inspiration.

Instead of looking at traditional gowns in magazines and online, make a point of looking for wedding dresses you like that are designed for plus size brides. This will give you a good idea of what may fit your body type, as opposed to silhouettes that are designed for more petite brides. Be sure to bring your favorite looks to your bridal appointment.

Don’t dwell on the size.

Wedding dress sizes are often quite different than day-to-day clothing. If you know that seeing its size will affect your opinion of a wedding dress, tell us in advance and don’t look at numbers during your appointment.

Be thoughtful of who you bring to your appointment.

We recommend limiting your party to just 2 other guests so that you won’t be overwhelmed or distracted by too much commentary. Leave loud and over-opinionated friends or family members at home!

Know which embellishments and alterations will enhance your look.

Every wedding dress is customizable, with brides frequently choosing to add extra detailing or change things about an off-the-rack look. Some of these customization, such as adding sleeves, can be particularly flattering to plus size brides, while other detailing, such as beading and heavy embroidery, may have the reverse effect.

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Try on at least a few A-line dresses.

An A-line shape is known for covering up body imperfections. Even if you have another wedding dress silhouette in mind, be sure to try a few options in this flattering style.

Come to your bridal appointment with an open mind.

Many girls dream of a certain type of wedding dress from the time they’re young. If you have a dream gown in mind, be mindful of the fact that that particular fabric or silhouette may not be most flattering. Thicker fabrics generally give better support for plus size brides than lightweight options like chiffon or silk. Remember, we are experts at helping women feel their best on their wedding day, so you can trust us to help you find your perfect wedding dress!

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