7 Tips For Plus Size Wedding Dress Shopping
Updated: May 12
Planning the most important day of your life should be nothing but excitement. The thought of putting all the pieces of the puzzle together to make your wedding dreams come true and having the certainty that you’re going to look beyond beautiful on your wedding day is something all brides look forward to. If you’re a beautiful curvy bride and you feel discouraged about going wedding dress shopping, don’t think for a second that you’re alone. There’s enough stress involved in wedding planning to add more with the thought of all the things that could go wrong while trying on dresses. We all have insecurities about our own bodies, even the skinniest of brides, the trick is to leave them at the door when you walk into the store and enjoy the process! Read along for some helpful tips on how to find your perfect plus size wedding dress.
Going wedding dress shopping is all about the experience. Getting professional advice, and help, from your expert bridal consultant is one of the perks. When you call to schedule an appointment at your local bridal boutique, it’s a good idea to ask them if they carry dresses in your size and if they have experience working with curvy brides. Just like there are consultants who can handle large crowds, and brides that have tried on hundreds of dresses, there are some who can help you find the perfect wedding dress that will accentuate your curves and make you look stunning on your wedding day.
Numbers don’t mean anything
Because wedding dresses fall into the category of couture, sizing is not the same as for regular clothing. A bride who usually wears a size 6 will probably fit into a size 8 or 10. And honestly, who’s going to look at your dress size? Whatever size that hugs your curves and makes your look fabulous on your wedding day is nobody’s business. That being said, it’s always better to take off a couple of inches to accommodate your waist or your hips, than to add more fabric to make room. One expert tip is to choose the size that best fits your largest body part. So for our rides with a little more bosom, the perfect size will be the one that fits your girls and can be taken in in other areas of your body.
Trust the expert
Take advantage of your bridal consultant’s expertise. She will not only suggest which dresses fit your body type better, but what kinds of fabric and detailing do a better job at accentuating your beautiful features. The tried and true style most plus size brides feel comfortable in is an A-line, since it is tight at the chest and waist and then flares out all the way to floor. Depending on your body and your willingness to open up to new experiences, your bridal consultant might suggest you try on something sexier like an off the shoulder mermaid gown that will hug your curves in all the right places. You want to show off your curves but hide a couple of imperfections? Thicker fabrics like satin or a bit of ruching are your allies.
Bring your undergarments
As women, we all have tricks under our sleeves, or in this case, under our dresses. Whether you’re thinking about wearing a corset, or a strapless bra, or Spanx to make you look and feel your best on your wedding day, remember to bring them with you to your appointment.
Don’t adapt yourself to fit into your gown
Whatever you do, don’t order a smaller size and make yourself lose weight before your wedding day. Buy the dress that fits you perfectly then you’re trying it on. Adding more pressure into an already hectic planning schedule and changing your body might not be the best idea. It’s always better to take a couple of inches off on your last fitting session, than it is to add more fabric. Embrace your gorgeous curves!
Customization is key
What if you found the perfect ball gown but you’re not comfortable showing off you arms? You can always get customized sleeves, or a higher neckline, or add a little something to give you more support and structure in certain areas that you feel might need it.
Bringing your bridesmaids and your relatives to a fitting session can induce a little bit of anxiety. Keep the party small and bring only a couple of your besties whose opinion you trust the most and will have your best interest at heart. Those who understand that it’s all about how beautiful you feel in your wedding dress and won’t hurt your feelings with their input. Surround yourself with people who feel like sunshine.
We live in a time of inclusivity and body positivity, and a lot of wedding dress designers embrace the opportunity to give all of you gorgeous brides-to-be just what you need. Which is why Calla Blanche has come up with Curve, a line with carefully selected styles for extra beautiful brides. The main goal is for you to look and feel spectacular on you’re the most important day of your life. Feel confident in your own skin and the rest will follow!
For more tips on how to find the one, check out our expertly curated Ultimate Guide for Choosing Your Perfect Wedding Dress.