Plus-size brides can often feel more anxiety than other brides when it comes to dress shopping time.
You might be worried that you won’t find anything that will fit you, anything that will suit you, or anything that you will feel comfortable in.
You might be worried that dress shopping will be an overall uncomfortable experience for you that leaves you with more anxiety than excitement for your upcoming nuptials.
But this doesn’t have to be the case!
Being a plus-size bride is beautiful and there are plenty of ways that you can increase your chances of having a positive dress shopping experience.
You deserve to enjoy your wedding planning process just as much as any other bride, and in this blog, we are going to give you some tips and tricks to help this come true.
1. Go to stores that cater for or specialize in plus-size clothing
The absolute best thing you can do for yourself and for your comfort during this process is to purposely seek out and go to wedding stores that cater for plus-size women.
Do your research online first to find which stores and stylists specifically mention working with plus-size women and stocking plus-size dresses in their store.
Going to these places will help you avoid any disappointment of not finding anything in your size when you get there, not finding anything that suits your body type and having to work with someone who has a less than helpful attitude towards working with plus-size bodies.
If a store doesn’t specialize in plus-size clothing and you don’t have a good time there, try and remember this is their problem and not yours.
You only need one dress for your wedding so you can move on and forget about the stores that have nothing to offer you.
It’s their loss.
2. Remember about alterations
Try not to take it too personally if dresses don’t fit you at first because there is always the alteration process.
Every bride will need their dress altered, regardless of their shape or size, this is just how wedding dresses work.
If you are plus-size you might be used to feeling like sizes aren’t inclusive enough for you and you might tend to personalise any negative fitting experiences. But remember that it is 100% normal to need your dress altered after your first fitting.
In fact, most brides need their dresses to be altered multiple times before they finally get to their wedding venue and walk down the aisle.
The wedding dresses ready and waiting in shops are just there to try on, they won’t fit you like a glove immediately and that’s ok because they aren’t meant to.
Find yourself a good, reputable seamstress and take your dress there once you have decided on one you like and one that works for you. They will help you along the alteration process until you are happy with the final outcome.
Getting the right wedding dress is more of a journey than it is one singular goal.
3. Bring only supporters with you
Shopping for wedding dresses can be a stressful emotional journey for any woman, and thse feelings might be heightened if you are already feeling self-conscious about your body or worrying that the dresses aren’t going to work out for you.
One of the best things that you can do to make the whole process easier and more enjoyable is to bring people with you that have your best interest at heart and who will support you through the whole process.
It doesn’t matter who this is, it could even be your partner if you aren’t worried about tradition.
It could be your bridesmaids, your friends, or just one person that you trust.
Try and pick someone or some people who will be positive and upbeat about the process, and who will be able to pick you up again if you start to feel too down or stressed throughout the shopping and trying-on time.
Make it into a fun occasion when you can because this will (hopefully) be the only time in your life that you get to prepare for your own wedding and take part in all of these milestones.
Don’t let any negativity get in your way, try to own all your experiences.
You will find the right dress and everything will work out perfectly so try your best to enjoy your journey while you’re on it.
Make the best decisions for yourself, surround yourself with positivity, and you should be good to go!