A Plus Size Bride's Guide to Fun Wedding Dress Shopping

So, you’ve said yes to the love of your life, and now it’s time to say yes to the dress. If you’re a plus size bride, the journey to finding that perfect gown might seem daunting, but I’m here to tell you it can be just as fun as you’ve always dreamed. Let’s head into the world of bridal and chat all the secrets to a fabulous, stress-free dress shopping experience.

1. Know Your Style, Own Your Style

First things first, let’s talk about style. Every nearlywed has a unique vision of what they want to look like on their big day, and plus size brides are no exception. Whether you’re dreaming of a classic ball gown, a sexy mermaid dress, or something whimsical, your dream dress is out there.

Pro Tip: Create a vision board on Pinterest. This will help you visualize your dream dress and make it easier to communicate your style to bridal consultants.

2. Do Your Homework

Before hitting the boutiques, do a little research. Not all bridal shops carry a wide range of dresses, so call ahead or check their websites. Look for shops that proudly advertise their plus size collections – these are your go-to spots.

Pro Tip: Join online bridal forums or social media groups. Fellow plus size brides will have a ton of recommendations and advice on where to shop.

3. The Power of Positivity

Dress shopping should be a joyous occasion, so surround yourself with positivity. Bring along your most supportive friends and family – the ones who make you feel like the best version of you. They’ll help boost your confidence and make the experience even more special.

Pro Tip: If you encounter any negativity at a shop, don’t hesitate to walk out. You deserve to be treated with respect and kindness.

4. Comfort is Key

While aesthetics are important, comfort is crucial. You’ll be wearing your dress for several hours, so make sure it feels good. Pay attention to the fabric, the fit, and how easy it is to move around. Don’t be afraid to dance around the fitting room!

Pro Tip: Consider shapewear and supportive undergarments. They can make a world of difference in how your dress fits and feels.

5. Alterations Are Your Friend

Sometimes, the perfect dress might need a little tweak here or there. Alterations are a great way to ensure your dress fits like a glove and reflects your personal style. Many bridal shops, just like ours, offer alterations in house, so don’t hesitate to ask.

Pro Tip: If you find a dress you love but wish it had sleeves, a different neckline, or more wow-factor, talk to the seamstress. Most alterations are possible, and they can work wonders.

6. Be True to Yourself

At the end of the day, your wedding dress should make you feel like the best version of yourself. Don’t get too caught up in trends or what others think you should wear. Trust your instincts and choose a dress that makes you feel GOOD.

Pro Tip: Take lots of photos during your fittings. Sometimes, seeing the dress from different angles and in different lights can help solidify your decision.


Shopping for your wedding dress is supposed to be FUN! By staying true to yourself, doing a bit of prep work, and surrounding yourself with positivity, you’re sure to find a dress that makes you feel as fabulous as you truly are.