Finding the Perfect Plus-Size Wedding Gown
One of the most frustrating things a plus-size bride-to-be regularly faces when planning her wedding is the suggestion that she should be, well, thinner. The sample size dress in a typical bridal shop is more likely to be an 8 or 10 than a 14 or 16, which complicates the selection and fitting process.
It’s common for brides-to-be of any size to bemoan their prenuptial weight and to go on a crash diet and exercise binge in order to lose as much weight as possible so that they can be slim and svelte in their wedding gown – and to have some room for error when the eating and drinking on their honeymoon begins. Before you invest an exorbitant amount of money in a personal trainer, remember that he asked you to marry him with you looking just the way you do now. Instead of trying too hard to be someone you’re not on your wedding day, resolve to find the wedding dress that will show everyone just how beautiful you are right now!
For a beautiful look on your wedding day – and photos to prove it – keep these tips in mind for buying plus-size wedding dresses:
Choose your salesperson
Plus-size women the world over have horror stories about going into a bridal shop to look at wedding dresses and suffering the humiliation of a salesperson asking the bride if she plans to lose weight before the wedding. Make no mistake: salespeople who take the Panglossian view – that you should reshape yourself to fit the dress rather than vice-versa – has no place in the bridal wear industry. Think of your wedding dress purchase as you would the purchase of a new car: it’s a major investment, and you need and deserve a competent and agreeable salesperson who understands your needs and will guide you toward the dress that it is a perfect fit for you.
Wear wedding day undergarments to the dress fitting Now that you’ve found the right shop and salesperson to guide you through the process of choosing a dress and having it fitted, make sure to make the most of the fitting experience so that your dress will look absolutely perfect on your wedding day. If you are planning to wear a strapless bra, any type of bra for extra support or a girdle on your wedding day, wear them to the fitting so that all the measurements for your dress will take them into account and so that the fit will be just right.
Take a friend to the Bridal Wear Fitting
Similar to making a car purchase, it is often helpful to bring a knowledgeable and trusted friend with you to the bridal shop. If you’re lucky enough to have a friend as honest as the ladies from What Not to Wear, bring her with you by all means. The only worse experience than having a negative, body-shaming salesperson is one who is so eager to make a sale that she will tell you whatever she thinks you want to hear about a dress that doesn’t necessarily suit you. Your friend knows you as well as the salesperson knows the selection of available wedding gowns, so let her feedback help you with the decision-making process.
Just the Way You Are Bridal Wear
For plus-size brides-to-be in the UK, shopping for bridal wear has just gotten a whole lot easier. Just the Way You Are is located in Newcastle and specialises in plus-size wedding dresses and bridal wear. Let our friendly staff assist you in choosing from our range of dresses designed to flatter plus-size women and guide you through the fitting process so that you can look and feel more beautiful and confident on your wedding day than you have ever felt in your life.
For more information or to arrange a visit and consultation about finding the perfect wedding dress for you, visit the Just the Way You Are bridal Store website today.