Shopping for a wedding dress can be stressful for any bride, but as a plus size bride, it comes with it’s own set of worries and anxieties. Today, we’re sharing 7 tips for choosing your wedding dress as a plus size bride. Keep these in mind as you begin your shopping journey for the memorable experience you deserve!

Tip 1. Shop at a store that has a variety of samples size 12 and above in store.

Give yourself the best chance at an incredible experience by shopping at stores that make the effort. Very, very few brides fit into the standard sample size dresses well, and for plus size brides, that can be a super stressful experience. Take a look at the store’s website and see if they mention offering a selection of plus size dresses. It should be easy to find. If it isn’t easy, that may not be the store for you solely because the experience is going to be far less than what you deserve. At Refined, we have dresses in our store to try on for sizes 12-32.  

Tip 2. Don’t settle for a subpar experience.

You deserve an experience that celebrates you for all that you are, every step of the way. This is a once-in-a-lifetime memory, and it needs to be celebrated! If you feel like a shop isn’t going to provide the experience you’re hoping for, move on to one who will. They are out there, and you will not regret holding out for the experience you’ll never forget! We are proud to be Alabama’s first and only bridal boutique for curvy and plus sized brides. We believe every bride deserves a comfortable and unforgettable dress shopping experience.

Tip 3. Don’t get discouraged.

It may take one, two, or even three tries to find a dress you love. You might fall in love with the first dress you try on, or you might not. The first store you visit may be the store for you, but it also may not be. That doesn’t mean your store and your dress isn’t out there, you just haven’t found it yet. This is true of EVERY bride, regardless of size. Stay positive, and know your perfect dress is out there waiting for you!

Tip 4. Be open to your Stylist’s suggestions.

Keep an open mind and be willing to leave your comfort zone. What you see on the hanger looks incredibly different on your body. What you see on Instagram or Pinterest may not look as beautiful as you thought once you see it in person. Your Stylist has been doing this for a long time, is specifically trained in styling your body, and knows the inventory well. She may be able to make a suggestion you never thought of, and you may not love it…but what if you do?!

Tip 5. Forget about size.

Bridal sizing is so much different than anything we’re used to when clothes shopping. My advice to brides? Forget about it! Instead focus on how the dress fits and feels on your body. Focus on how you fell in the dress, how you will feel on your wedding day while wearing it. When you find your dress, you’re going to be measured so the designer can make the dress for YOU, and then you’ll have it tweaked to fit perfectly in alterations. So at the end of the day, size isn’t anything except a number that has NO value to you or your wedding day.

Tip 6. Don’t be afraid to say “yes” to your dream dress right away.

There are no rules when it comes to how you know you’ve found your dress. You may have some tears – or you may not. Maybe you just don’t want to take it off, or you’re comparing everything else you put on to that one dress you can’t get out of your head. Whatever it is, when you find it, you will know. So, say YES. You won’t be able to get that precious moment back with those exact same feelings, those same special people surrounding and supporting you, and that incredible first-time feeling that you found THE dress.

Tip 7. Don’t be pushed into what’s “flattering.”

Don’t submit to the curvy-girl stereotype and only try on dresses you’re “supposed” to be wearing because of your body shape or size. We talked about this a little bit in our Finding Your Bridal Confidence post, but it’s so important, it needed to be repeated. A great Stylist is going to take into consideration your style, shape, and comfort level to find a bridal look that fits your vision and your individuality. You’ll feel your very best in a dress that reflects your style and personality.

Keep in mind these 7 tips for choosing your wedding dress as a plus size bride and you’ll have the experience of a lifetime!

Are you ready to shop for your dress in an environment that supports and encourages you every step of the way? Make your appointment today at Refined Bridal Boutique, and we’ll get the champs ready to celebrate!


Plus Size Bridal Fashion

February 19, 2020

7 Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Dress As A Plus Size Bride

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