Read on as our wedding guru shares her six savviest tips for plus size wedding dress shopping.
Shopping for your Dream Wedding gown should be an experience that you never forget. Make sure that your experience is as memorable and lovely as you had envisioned. If you are considered a “plus size” bride, take into consideration a few of these tips to make your shopping excursion easier on you and your bridal party.
1.) Call ahead to the bridal boutiques you want to visit
Many bridal stores carry “sample sizes” for the brides to try on. Majority of these sample sizes are size 10’s and 12’s. Which in your normal ready to wear clothing can be equal to a size 6 or 8. It would be beneficial to call the bridal stores that you want to visit before your appointment to ensure that they carry sample sizes for you to try on. For instance: if you wear a size 18 pant, more than likely, the sample size gown you need to try on is a size 20 or 22.
Also, even if the sample is not quite your size, the bridal stylists are highly trained on how to make a sample gown fit you closely so you can get an idea of how the gown will look like on you in your actual size.
2.) Trust your bridal stylist
The bridal consultants that work in the boutique have been trained on the different silhouettes of each gown and the best silhouettes on different body types. If you have read articles on plus size wedding gowns, you probably feel that you have limited options of gowns that are only an A-line silhouette. This is definitely NOT the case! We have gorgeous curvy brides who ROCK the fit and flare or mermaid silhouettes all the time! Please let your bridal stylist know your personal style. And, please trust your stylist if she/he pulls a silhouette that you never dreamt of wearing. It just may surprise you how stunning you look in that particular style!
3.) Wear your best undergarments when trying on the gowns
Undergarments help tremendously when trying on the bridal gown samples. They can really change the shape of your body quite a bit and help you truly visualize how the gown will look when it is in your size. Undergarments such as Spanx, a special bra, or a bustier will help when trying on the wedding gown samples.
4.) Pay No attention to the number size you are ordering
When you find your Dream Gown and “Say Yes to your Dress” the stylist will then take your measurements to find the gown size you will be ordering. Majority of designers require bust measurements, waist measurements, and hip measurements. Trust your consultant when she/he recommends a size from the size chart. Have her show you the size chart and explain to you why she is ordering that particular size. Majority of the time, your waist or hips put you in a size larger than you normally wear. For example: your bust is a size 14, but your hips are a size 18. Your consultant will order the size 18 so your gown will fit you in your hips.
Also, even if you plan on losing weight, you still need to order the size you are currently measuring. Do not put the added stress of trying to lost weight while planning a wedding. All bridal gowns can be altered down a few dress sizes.
5.) Find the Best Seamstress for your alterations
When you receive your gown from the bridal store, you then will need to meet with a bridal seamstress to have alterations done to make the gown fit your body like a glove. Ask the bridal boutique who they refer for alterations. Majority of bridal stores work closely with seamstresses and know the best in the business.
6.) Have an amazing support group
Most importantly, when shopping for your wedding gown, ensure that you have a trusted support group with you. Ensure that the people you surround yourself with on that day are encouraging, motivating, and supporting. Finding a wedding gown is an exciting experience, but it can also be daunting. Nonetheless, if you are a plus size bride, you want to ensure that you find a bridal salon who caters to you and who will have the designers that you love and want to try on.
I hope these few tips help you in your gown search! If you are wanting to have a personalized experience in a bridal salon who only caters to plus size brides, you can find an awesome boutique called “Love Curvy Bridal” located in the Reading Bridal District of Cincinnati! Love Curvy Bridal caters to the bride size 16-32 with designers such as: Allure, Pronovias, Lis Simon, & Mikaella.