Shopping for plus size wedding dresses is not only extra in size, but also extra difficult.
And you can expect unpleasant shopping experiences from shop girls and other women who give you disapproving looks.
Thanks to body positivity, you can now experience less or none of this.
Here are some tips to get you started when shopping for plus size wedding dresses.
1 – Let Them Know in Advance
When you book an appointment, let them know you’re looking to order a plus size wedding dress.
Most likely, they don’t readily have one in the store. Wedding salons usually just have one average size for the dresses.
But if you let them know in advance, they can gladly prepare them for your visit.
2 – Ignore the Sizes
Expensive brands use ‘couture’ sizes. Expect them to be a lot smaller than everyday wear sizes.
So don’t feel bad if you find the sizes bigger than your usual clothes.
Ignore the numbers. What’s important is they fit you well.
3 – Listen to Your Stylist
You may have always dreamed of a mermaid style wedding dress, but if your stylist doesn’t agree, heed her advice.
Be open to the options she is presenting to you. After all, they are the experts in this field.
4 – Make Use of Chain Stores
Chain Stores are a good place to look around. You don’t necessarily have to buy from them. But they can help you get a feel of various dress styles and see what looks and feels good on you.
As mentioned, wedding salons usually just have one average size for the dresses. But chain stores have them in different sizes.
5 – You can Alter the Dress
If your dream dress is a strapless ballgown with a sweetheart neckline but you don’t look good on strapless dresses, ask if you can add sleeves to it.
Expect an added cost for the alteration but it shouldn’t be too much.
6 – A Custom-made Dress is an Option
If you have gone through all the bridal salon in your area, but still can’t seem to find your perfect plus size wedding dress, don’t despair.
Find someone who can make this dress for you.
Never settle for a dress you feel is ‘just okay’ when you can have your dream wedding dress.
7 – Look into Ruching
Some people have the misconception that ruching makes you look bigger. On the contrary, it can help hide body areas you don’t want to draw attention to.
8 – Don’t Put Up with Shaming
Do not put up with bridal shops that don’t make you feel comfortable. If an attendant makes disrespectful remarks about your weight, ask for another sales personnel to attend to you.
If the store is full of them, move to another one.
9 – It Has to be Comfortable
Looking your best is a priority but if it gets in the way of your comfort, don’t compromise.
Don’t make the mistake of getting a dress a size smaller in the hopes of losing some weight before the wedding.
Find a dress that’s not only stunning, but also something you’re comfortable to walk, dance, and move around in.