Plus size wedding dress shopping is one of the most beautiful and fun moments during the wedding planning process. It is the time for your nearest and dearest, favorites and lovelies to gather together under one roof to find the perfect gown that makes you feel like the perfect bride on your big day. It is supposed to be a grown up version of dress up made to be fun and carefree, but sometimes shopping for the gown can be overwhelming, stressful, and even more difficult than it should be.
Here are All My Hearts Top Five Tips for Buying the Perfect Plus Size Wedding Dress which will prep and prepare you to have the one-of-a-kind shopping experience, and "Say yes to the dress!" moment you have always dreamed of!
1. Understand it is not you. It is TOTALLY the dress.
It is soooo important, VITAL, actually, especially for plus size brides, to understand the sizing and structure of how wedding gowns are created. Most designers take pre-determined measurements and place them into size categories which allows them to mass produce their gowns for a wide range of body types. Typically sizing is always on the smaller side which means brides, who could measure at a standard size 16, will sometimes have to wear a size 18 or even 20 in their wedding gown. DON'T WORRY! It is not you. It is totally the dress. And the earlier you understand this concept the less surprised you will be when you walk into the salon!
2. Set your budget
Creating an open line of communication about what your budget for your gown will be, PRIOR to starting the shopping process, will save you one of the biggest headaches brides face. Start the conversation with your fiance if the two of you are are footing the bill. If your parents will be paying for your dress make sure you come up with a figure that is comfortable for everyone. Most importantly, let your stylist know at the bridal salon what your true budget is so she can help guide you in the right direction from the start.