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Finding the Perfect Wedding Dress

Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that should be meaningful and filled with love and confidence. And having the perfect wedding dress is part of the journey!

No matter your shape or size, it’s always a challenge finding the perfect wedding dress. As a plus-size bride, you may be intimidated by your choices and not know where to begin.

We’ve put together a list of industry tips that will help you find the wedding gown of your dreams and that is just right for you without adding to your stress. From learning how to effectively shop for your wedding dress to narrowing down the accessories and undergarments we have everything you need to make the most out of this beautiful experience.

And remember, the Sinders team always has your back!

Read More: A Sinders Guide to Plus Size Wedding Dresses

1. Plan Ahead

Before you head out to start shopping for your plus-size wedding dress, it’s important to get organized and find out which bridal shops carry dresses for you. Start by finding bridal shops in your area online, and call them to discover whether they have a good selection of plus-sized gowns. While plus-size wedding dress stores may seem plentiful online, phoning ahead will give you the opportunity to ask about inventory in your size before you walk in.

If you’re looking for a specific wedding-dress style or brand, you can narrow down your search with a few phone calls, but remember, while it’s great to have an idea in mind, it’s best to be open-minded when it comes to wedding dress styles.

2. Work with a Bridal Specialist

At Sinders, we have an entire team of wedding gown experts who can work with you on your plus-size wedding dress ideas. We can show you flattering styles for your figure as well as the hottest trends in wedding dresses this year. We’ll get you to explore different gown styles, find the best fit for you, and help you stay within your wedding budget as you prepare for your special day.

3. Have a Realistic Budget

To help you prep for the right amount in your budget, you can search for pricing online to get a rough estimate. You can also consult with our team to get a realistic budget for your perfect wedding dress.

4. Escape Your Comfort Zone

Don’t get boxed into one wedding-dress style at the beginning of your search. Step out of your comfort zone and try on a variety of wedding dresses. You may not realize that you like lace in your wedding gown before you try on a plus-size lace wedding dress.

5. Know the Most Flattering Styles for Your Body

Not every wedding dress style flatters every bride. The shape, length, style, and materials of your dress can accentuate your best features or drown you out. Determine your best look by trying on a variety of styles. These styles listed below are often the favourites among plus-size brides. They create a gorgeous, flattering silhouette and boost your confidence!

  • A-Line Dress
  • Empire Waist Dress
  • Trumpet Dress
  • Column Dress
  • Dropped Waist or Mermaid Dress
  • Wrap-Style Dress with Bell Sleeves

6. Customize Your Wedding Gown

While you might find a bargain by buying off-the-rack, customizing your gown will give you the satisfaction of having a perfectly-fitted wedding dress that is comfortable and makes you look radiant. Whether you’re on the hunt for the best wedding dresses for short plus-size brides or you just want a more conservative fit that makes you feel completely comfortable on your wedding day, alterations to customize your gown is the answer. Remember to give yourself enough time to allow for custom alterations.

7. Splurge on Flattering Lingerie

One of the most crucial elements that helps you achieve the perfect fit are wedding dress undergarments. Discuss your options with your bridal consultant. At Sinders, we have the expert knowledge to help you pick from a selection of plus-size lingerie and shapewear to keep everything in place and offer optimal comfort while you wear your wedding gown.

8. Don’t Wait to Shop Until You’re the “Perfect Size”

Most brides decide they want to lose weight or get in shape before their wedding day. Be realistic with your goals and remember that your dress can be altered closer to your wedding day. Remain confident in your body and know that there’s a perfect dress for you that will make you feel absolutely radiant on your wedding day, no matter what size!

9. Make Your Comfort a Priority

There are a few reasons to say “no” to a wedding dress. Remember that you will be wearing your wedding gown for several hours, so take a pass on any dress that isn’t completely comfortable. If your best friend loves a dress but you’re feeling pinched or borderline uncomfortable and can’t move around easily, follow your instincts!

Get a dress that you can dance all night in and that makes you feel confident and excited. It’s YOUR wedding day, after all. Get the dress that fits your budget, is the right size, and makes you feel fantastic while wearing it.

 

10. Make the Most Out of Your Shopping Experience

Take the time to sit back, breathe, and enjoy your wedding dress shopping experience. Relax and keep a list of your “must-haves” in mind. If you allow enough time to search, find and alter your perfect wedding gown, you will love your look and fit.

Let Us Help You Look Your Best

Sinders Bridal House is here to help you look and feel your best on your wedding day. Let us share our expertise in finding the most flattering plus-size wedding dress for your body and personal style. We guarantee you’ll feel amazing while walk down the aisle proudly wearing your perfect wedding gown!

 

Download the Sinders Bridal Guide to Plan the Wedding of Your Dreams