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How to Shop for the Perfect Plus Size Wedding Dress

Finding the perfect dress for your wedding will always be a challenge for plus size brides. It’s trial and error when you’re hunting for the best wedding dress for your curves. Having a wide and inclusive selection to choose from can make things much easier, but it’s still a daunting task to finally select one.

Still, the show must go on. Here’s a detailed guide on how you can shop for the perfect plus size wedding dress that can fit you perfectly, just in time for you to say “I do”.

Show Up to Try the Clothes

Whether you’re going to a physical store or having different dresses shipped for you to try on, be sure to show up prepared. Wearing comfortable undergarments will be paramount for you to get through a dozen or more dresses.

Ideally, you should be wearing a strapless bra. If you’re trying on a dress that doesn’t have any stress, you can get a better understanding of how it would really look on your wedding day. Consider wearing your wedding shoes when trying out clothes to get the full meal deal.

Explore Different Styles

Being plus size entails having a bigger body, but there are still all sorts of shapes and sizes even within that spectrum. The same dress on a curvy hourglass figure may look different when worn by someone who’s more pear-shaped or oval-shaped. Try out different styles to figure out what looks good to you and what your preference is. 

Here are several popular wedding dress styles to choose from:

  • A-Line Gowns. A-line wedding dresses will look lovely on everybody, flattering just about any body shape or size. There’s so much variation in the sleeves and the detailing of the waistband too.
  • Corset Gowns. Corset gowns with a dropped waist can help accentuate the curves in your body. This kind of wedding dress is perfect for the plus-size bride who’s confident in their hips and the rest of their shape. 
  • Mermaid Gowns. Mermaid gowns or trumpet wedding gowns hug the figure, making plus-size brides accentuate their existing chest, waist and hip proportions. This can be flattering on figure eights and several other body shapes.
  • Ball Gowns. If you want to feel like a bit of a princess on your wedding night, ball gowns can be extra exciting. The design of the torso can look exemplary on your top half as the rest of the dress runs into a flowy train.

Consider Shapewear

Some brides may want to try wearing shapewear, both for shopping and their wedding day. Keep in mind that you may be sacrificing a bit of comfort for a better figure if you’re going to go with the Spanx. There are all kinds of wedding dresses to choose from that can look flawless on you regardless of shapewear, so just keep it as an option on the table.

Don’t Forget to Hydrate

Although wedding dress shopping isn’t an Olympic sport, it can still be quite tiring to go through. While you’re in the midst of trying on so many clothes, don’t forget to drink some water and take a breather. Rest your feet and stretch when you need to before trying a couple more and deciding what’s the perfect one. 


There is a method to shopping for the perfect plus size wedding dress, and these steps lay out everything you need to know when shopping. If you’re feeling a little crushed, just remember that you’re beautiful. Plus, there’s a lucky person who’s waiting to watch you walk down the aisle and marry you. 

Looking for a plus size wedding dress? Wilkins Bridal in Christchurch, New Zealand, offers a huge array of gowns that go from traditional to contemporary, using the most exquisite fabrics, intricate embroidery and sparkling beading. Get in touch with us today!

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