Everything related to your wedding is stressful enough, let alone shopping for your wedding gown!! And if that wasn’t hectic enough, the stress taken by a plus size bride is even worse! The horror stories faced by these brides by judgmental shop girls and extremely small accessories that leave brides-to-be shaking. Written below we’ve laid out some of the five best tips to go shopping if you’re a plus-sized bride so sit back, relax, and above all, have fun!
- Plan ahead
Most bridal boutiques keep a stock sample of dresses for the “average” bride, which is generally all-around a size 10. Hence, a smart move would first be to read reviews and call and check on the availability of dresses in larger sizes. So make sure you call ahead of your visit to be sure they have a variety of plus-size bridal dres's sample styles for you to try.
- Find an expert
Request for an expert specialist who’s well versed in plus size dressing to make the most of your visit. Find someone who’s not only knowledgeable but is also excited to work with you. Keep in mind, you’re not just paying for your couture bridal gown, but for expert knowledge as well. So take full advantage of the situation and ask plenty of questions. Follow their advice to the T – they’re the professionals, after all!
- Ignore numbers
Most of the bridal brands often use size tags that are significantly higher than what you would wear in your normal, everyday life. So your best bet is to ignore the number entirely and focus on the overall feel and fit. If you find a bridal gown in Melbourne that helps bring out your inner Beyoncé, then who cares about the number?
4. Don’t stick to your comfort zone.
Just because you are in love with A-line, doesn’t mean you have to try only that sort of dress. Try to have a little open mind and follow whatever your stylist recommends to you. Even if they recommend a fit and flare that they swear would look gorgeous on you, then giving it a shot would not be the worst idea ever. Since they are professionals in their field, keep an open mind and listen to their advice. After all, what would be the worst-case scenario? You just won’t like it. But the best case scenario? You suddenly find the dress of your dreams!
5. Take tips from other brides.
Opt for the gown that you feel most beautiful in, leaving behind all stereotypes. That being said, there are always a few tried and true to the heart styles that’ll help you start your journey to finding the perfect dress, even if you’re not sure where to start. For example, a body fitting dress always helps mask any perceived imperfections, for skinny as well as curvy girls.