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Tips for Shopping for Plus-Size Wedding Dresses

Updated: Oct 24, 2023

Every bride deserves to feel beautiful and confident on her wedding day, regardless of her body shape or size. Plus-size brides often face unique challenges when shopping for wedding dresses, but with the right mindset and approach, finding the perfect gown is within reach. In this blog post, we'll share valuable tips to help you navigate the process of shopping for plus-size wedding dresses, ensuring a joyful and empowering experience.

  1. Embrace Your Body and Celebrate Your Curves: Before you begin your wedding dress shopping journey, embrace your body and celebrate your curves. Remember that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Focus on highlighting your best features and finding a dress that makes you feel confident and radiant. Celebrate your unique curves and approach the shopping experience with self-love and positivity.

  2. Research and Find Size Inclusive Bridal Shops: Not all bridal boutiques offer a wide range of plus-size options, so it's crucial to research and find inclusive bridal shops that cater specifically to plus-size brides. Look for boutiques that carry a diverse range of sizes and have experienced consultants who understand the needs and desires of curvier brides. These boutiques will offer a more extensive selection of sample dresses to try on, allowing you to visualize your options better. At Melissa Ashley Brides, over 40% of our inventory is offered in size 18+. We have spent a lot of time curating a collection of plus sized wedding dresses that are unique and figure flattering while maintaining good support. Also remember that sizing is just a number and bridal sizing runs on the smaller side so don't be discouraged if the size you fit into is bigger than your every day clothing. The most important part is that you feel beautiful in the dress you choose!

  3. Know Your Body Shape and Dress Styles That Flatter: Understanding your body shape can help you identify wedding dress styles that flatter your figure. For example, A-line, ballgown, or empire waist dresses often work well for plus-size brides as they create a flattering silhouette and highlight the waist. Additionally, consider elements like ruching, lace appliqués, or strategic draping that can enhance your curves and provide the desired support and structure.

  4. Focus on Proper Undergarments: Wearing the right undergarments is essential when shopping for a wedding dress. Invest in high-quality, supportive undergarments that provide the necessary lift, shaping, and comfort. A well-fitted bra, or shapewear can help create a smooth foundation and enhance your curves, ensuring that the dress fits and flatters you in all the right places. One of the shapewear companies that we have found worked for many of our brides and mothers is Honeylove. It has the right amount of support and smoothing while not doing too much squeezing and creating lines that are not on the body to begin with.

  5. Bring a Supportive Entourage: Having a supportive entourage by your side can make the dress shopping experience even more enjoyable. Invite family members or friends who uplift and encourage you. Choose individuals who will celebrate your journey and provide honest feedback while respecting your opinions and choices. Their support will boost your confidence and make the decision-making process more enjoyable.

  6. Be Open to Trying Different Styles: While it's important to have an idea of the styles you prefer, be open to trying on different dress silhouettes and designs. You might be pleasantly surprised by a style that you hadn't considered before. Trust the expertise of the bridal consultants and be willing to step out of your comfort zone. Remember, you might find "the one" in a dress you least expected.

Shopping for a plus-size wedding dress should be a joyful and empowering experience. Embrace your curves, celebrate your body, and approach the process with confidence and positivity. Research inclusive boutiques, understand your body shape, and focus on finding a dress that flatters your figure. Invest in proper undergarments and surround yourself with a supportive entourage. Above all, remember that the most important thing is to choose a dress that makes you feel beautiful, confident, and ready to walk down the aisle towards your happily ever after.

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