For many plus size brides, wedding dress shopping isn’t always the exciting adventure they may have dreamed about. The reality of shopping in bridalwear stores when you are over a size 14 can, in fact, be pretty stressful – even depressing or humiliating.
The unfortunate truth of bridalwear design is that very few designers cater for women who need a wedding gown in sizes 16-30, and so these brides-to-be often find that they are only able to find one or two dresses on the rail that will fit them.
More and more designers are carrying dresses in their collection that is made to fit all types of sizes and body types. It’s definitely not as challenging to find a dress that looks great on your full figure.
Plus size wedding dresses can be found in a number of different places. Your first stop should be the bridal boutiques. Call to check if they carry any dresses in your size to try on.
There are a couple of other disappointing options for plus size brides in most traditional wedding dress shops. Some designers produce a few gowns in larger sized, but they tend to be badly-fitting upsized versions of smaller dresses without taking into account the structure and cut required for different body shapes. Another option is to send off for a bespoke dress to be made, resulting in extra cost and wasted time, and no guarantee that your finished gown is what you originally had in mind.
If they do, set up an appointment for a fitting. There might not be a huge selection for you to choose from, but you can still get a general idea of what styles look good on you. Then there are the discount bridal chains such as David’s Bridal. This type of store will have a full range of sizes, all you have to do is scour the store to find your size. There are stores that specialize in custom made wedding gowns which you can also look into. Find one that’s nearby where you live so it will be convenient to do fittings.
Every bride should have the choice of browsing through a wide range of wedding gown styles and designs when looking for ‘The One’, no matter what their size. An additional benefit of an off-the-peg collection of plus size wedding dresses is that they will generally be more affordable, rather than the thousands of pounds required for a bespoke plus size wedding gown.
There are many ways to wear plus size wedding dresses that make the bride look slimmer. An empire waist is a great style, the waistline is right beneath the chest which makes the tummy area less noticeable. A darker colored sash around the waist gives the illusion of a smaller cinched waist.
So if you are a plus size bride looking for a well-fitting, stunning, affordable wedding dress, look for wedding dress factory outlets and designers who specialise in and stock gowns for curvier brides. No more battling with badly-fitting meringues or being told there’s nothing in your size! Look for a bridalwear provider who offers dresses for all brides, no matter their size or shape.
A-line cut dresses flow from the waist to the floor and is great for women who are heavier on the bottom. There are many other techniques that can be used by playing with colors, fabrics and textures to make our bride look and feel her best on her big day.
There are two more things that every plus size bride should know. It’s better to wear a wedding dress that is simple and sleek than to pile on the embellishments. Having too much going on is not a good look for our plus size bride. Finally, never underestimate how important underwear is for making you look incredible. Remember Spanks can do wonders, so go out there and do a little underwear shopping before looking for the right dress. When you wear the proper underwear you will feel amazing in all the dresses you try on.