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Plus-Size Wedding Dress Shopping Tips Brides Need to Know

Guarantee a seamless and stress-free experience on your search for the dream curvy bridal.

Shopping for a wedding dress is almost like a rite of passage. It’s something you may have dreamed about when you were young. If only finding the perfect dress was as easy as it was in our childhood daydreams, right? Plus size women are often told that they have to lose weight to look their best; well, we're here to say to you, that’s not true at all. Don’t let your dress size dictate your happiness! That’s not to say that even the most confident curvy bride-to-be can’t get the jitters when thinking about the Plus-Size Wedding Dress Shopping process. So, to make it as effortless and enjoyable as possible, continue reading for excellent tips and advice from plus size bridal experts on wedding dress shopping!

Choose a Bridal Shop that Specialises in Plus Size

Having the ability to shop with someone that specialises in your particular body type is a great advantage, and it is why we created Confetti & Curves. However, if you don’t have any plus-size wedding dress shops near you, there are plenty of other ways to ensure that your dress shopping experience is a wonderful one.

Make Enquiries Before Booking

If you don't have a plus-size wedding dress shop nearby, you can find a similar experience in a non-specialised shop - but you need to call ahead first. Lots of bridal shops will still have a good selection of gowns for you to try on. Just ask about their size selection before your visit.

Doing a bit of research can avoid any possibly uncomfortable situations, or wasted trips when going shopping for your big day. Make sure when you do email or call to give them your regular dress size, so they can share what options they have for you.

Bring a Selective Entourage

When shopping for your plus-size wedding dress, you don’t want to feel pressured to bring people that don’t have your best wishes at heart. Be very selective with whom you bring with you. Bring only the people who will be supportive of your bridal vision. Your bridal appointment will be so much more successful, and enjoyable if you're not surrounded with negative comments about your style or size, even if they're from well-meaning relatives.

Have a conversation with your gang before trying on any dresses, and let them know what you are looking for, and establish some boundaries. You can let them know that it’s a no diet talk zone, and that constructive criticism is okay, but hurtful comments are not! Unfortunately, some people don’t even realize they are hurting your feelings, so it's good to give them a heads-up before hand.

Don't Focus, Nor Care About the Size on the Label

Focusing on your dress size will not help you at all, and that goes for non-plus-size too. Bridal sizing may not match up with the size you most often find yourself wearing in regular clothes. And so it’s very common for people of all sizes to need a size or two bigger than they’re used to wearing. Remember, it’s all about how the dress fits on your beautiful body!

You want a plus-size wedding dress that will fit you, and all your stunning curves. The size doesn’t matter.

Enter the Shop with an Open Mind

When it comes time to shop for your plus-size wedding dress, we're sure you will have done lots of research on the most-flattering silhouettes for your body type, which is great! But don't limit yourself to one style. A fixation on one cut, or silhouette will stop your bridal advisor from helping you, and limit the chance of you actually discovering the one!

Don’t forget that suggestions on the most flattering bridal dresses for each body type are just that, suggestions! Try on the dress silhouettes that you think you’ll love, but don’t be afraid to try on something outside your usual comfort zone. Let us make suggestions, and be open to things that you may not have considered. You just might end up completely surprised by what you fall for!

Consider All the Details

Give some thought to all the little details that will create your wedding day look, and be sure to represent them during fittings. Wearing your hair up? Throw it in a ponytail for your appointment. Looking to rock a bold lip colour for the wedding? Grab your best smudge-proof lipstick. It's amazing how something that simple can change the way you feel in a dress. Also, this goes for all brides, bring along the underwear you're planning to wear on the big day to your fittings. Shoes with the same height too. This will not only help you really see the dress, but can make sure the length is right and the fit is perfect.

Surround Yourself in the Plus-Size Bridal Community

The wonderful thing about social media is that you can connect to different communities you’re a part of. You can have a support system of fellow plus-size brides to seek advice and gather inspiration from at your disposal. Representation is so important, and to see plus-size brides that look like you makes such a difference, especially when you see how drop-dead gorgeous they all look in their wedding dresses.

Follow the hashtag #CurvyBrides and #PlusSizeBrides for dress inspiration, and to find plus size wedding dress designers, too!

Have Fun!

Take a deep breath and remember, all of this is about celebrating the love between you and your future spouse. Make plus size wedding dress shopping and fittings a joyous and happy occasion. Get glam and enjoy these special moments. You deserve to feel gorgeous, loved, and celebrated throughout this process.

Confetti & Curves will be your dream curvy bridal boutique, and we are ready and waiting to find you 'The One'!

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