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Wedding Dress 101: 4 Helpful Tips For Plus Size Brides

Wedding Dress 101: 4 Helpful Tips For Plus Size Brides

Shopping for a wedding dress is no doubt a memorable time, but it doesn’t come without its stressful moments either- and that goes for any bride!


For plus size brides, it can feel frustrating to be surrounded by smaller samples, with nothing in your size in sight. Don’t give up and most importantly, don’t settle for a dress that you don’t want, just because it seems to be the only one that fits! There are plenty of stunning choices to make you shine. Here are 4 helpful tips to consider when looking for your dream wedding dress.

Call the bridal boutiques first

Hit up your local bridal boutique and inquire about their size range. Most boutiques have samples in a bridal size 12, which is more like a street size 8. Many boutiques, such as us here at Love, also carry plenty of samples in sizes 20, 22, and above. It is also a great idea to let the store know what styles you may be interested in trying on, to ensure they have a variety of gowns to choose from.

You may even want to ask how many gowns they have in an extended size to get an idea of their variety. Many stores may say they have "plenty of options" and only have 3-4. Here at Love we have 27 gowns in our extended size collection! Along with that, we have many gowns that we can use clips to still have you try on and shop from.

Be open, but don’t settle for what you don’t want

You can have your dream designer and dress - just be open with your consultant, come prepared with pictures and be open to customizing! Many designers offer styles up to size 22/24. One of our most popular designers, Essense of Australia, offers many of their gowns up to size 32! 

Many brides who may be a little curvier often come in saying they 'know they can't wear a fitted style.' That just simply is NOT TRUE! Often times, curvier women look even better in a mermaid or fit-to-flare style - it shows off your curves and can be pretty sexy. Try on a fitted gown and if you don't like it - no problem. But... you may be surprised! 

Select a size that will fit you now

Many brides, no matter their shape or size, want to order a gown in a smaller size than they measure for. While the dress size you order is ultimately your choice, we recommend ordering your gown in the size you measure for now! The last thing you want to worry about while you're engaged is if your dress is going to fit when it arrives. If your gown arrives and its a little too big... nothing to worry about! Your gown can be taken down in size during your alterations.


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