While the wedding dress niche is certainly changing, it is doing so at a relatively slow pace. There are still too few plus size wedding dress designers, and for plus-sized brides, finding the perfect-fitting dream plus size wedding dress is a torrid situation. Unsympathetic conventional wisdom suggests brides-to-be need to “slim down” to fit into their wedding dress, and the result is months of dieting misery where celery and exercise become your best friends. Why should you change your lifestyle to suit the agendas of others? In this article, we look at ways to speed up your search for the ideal plus size wedding dress so you, too, can look like a glamorous princess on your special day.
If you find a beautiful wedding dress, ask if it is possible for alterations to be made. For example, you can get your wedding dress shortened or have extra support or sleeves added. It is your big day, so don’t settle for less than perfection. We’ve all heard stories of mean-spirited salespeople who automatically assume you are going to lose weight. If one of these individuals attempts to put you through body shame, shut it down immediately by politely saying, “No, I am not losing weight,” and let that be the end of the matter. If a salesperson continues to act in a rude manner, take your cash and go elsewhere. They are working for you, and if they show disrespect, they don’t deserve your business.
Chain wedding dress stores appear to have a poor reputation, which they certainly don’t deserve. In fact, these stores are ideal for plus-sized brides-to-be because their business model is based on having as many dresses in as many sizes as possible. This makes the entire shopping experience feel normal, because you actually have a choice of plus size wedding dresses! Even if you don’t buy a plus size wedding dress from one of these stores, they are excellent places to start in terms of finding out what looks great on you.