Shopping for a wedding gown is a daunting task for any bride. It can be especially intimidating to the plus-size bride.
Don’t worry! It’s going to be great!
Take a deep breath and check out these five shopping tips for the plus-size bride.
Before scrolling through hundreds (or maybe even thousands) of dresses on Pinterest or Instagram, you need to figure out what style of dress will draw attention where you want it and not where you don’t.
Keep these simple rules in mind before you click on any inspiration sites.
- If you have a full bust, consider gowns with ample support in the bodice. Many top-heavy brides with an hourglass figure prefer a trumpet silhouette, fit and flare, or mermaid to accentuate their curves while providing plenty of support where it is needed. In addition, you may find gowns with wider straps, a high neck, or higher back will provide the additional support you need.
- If you have broad shoulders, consider a style with straps or adding straps to the gown. Strapless styles can make your shoulders look wider and not provide enough support for the bust.
- If you carry more weight in the lower half of your body, A-line or ballroom gowns are very flattering styles. These styles are fitted at the top and flare out at the waist creating a shape that masks your hips and thighs.
Once you have narrowed down your focus to certain styles, you’re ready to see what’s out there. Search Pinterest, Instagram, and designer websites for inspiration. Get an idea what the current trends are, as well as, the timeless, classic looks. Decide what you want your style to reflect. Do you want to look sleek and sexy? Or would you prefer something modest and elegant? Choose favorites and really focus on the must-haves in your ideal wedding dress.
Nothing is worse than finding the perfect wedding dress and realizing that it is 2-3 times more expensive than you have budgeted. If you’re really in love with that particular dress, ask if it is available in a less expensive fabric (for instance changing silk to poly).
Once you have an idea of the gowns you want to try on, it’s time to book an appointment with a boutique. When you call or email, they will typically ask you some basic questions to prepare for your appointment time.
Questions may include:
- What day and time you are available?
- How many people will come with you?
- What is your budget?
- What styles are you looking at?
This is your chance to ask questions as well.
- Do they carry plus-size samples?
- How large is their plus-size inventory?
- Is there an extra charge for ordering plus-size gowns?
The day of your appointment, set yourself up for success by being prepared.
- Wear comfortable under garments that make you feel good.
- Bring a strapless bra just in case you need it.
- If you have your wedding shoes already, bring them with you.
- Communicate with your consultant. A good bridal consultant will listen to your concerns and desires and help you find the perfect dress. Try to have a few pics of your inspiration with you to show the consultant to help them understand what you really like.
- Be confident. Beautiful brides come in all shapes and sizes. The right dress is out there for you and you will find it!
More important than any of the above tips is to have fun. This is a moment you have always dreamed about. Don’t let worry and stress ruin it for you. Do your homework, book an appointment, and enjoy the process of finding the wedding dress of your dreams!
Photo credits: Andrew Morton Photography