Figure out up front how important the dress is to you. To some brides the dress is not important. If it’s not, find a site online, order cheaply, and have it altered. Slap your hands together and move on to your other plans. If it is super important, like mine was to me, then you will need a plan of action if you plan on buying you dress somewhere else besides David’s Bridal. If you want the whole bridal experience (trying on the dress, family friends, etc), you may need to travel to find the perfect dress. Do you research to see if there are any plus size bridal boutiques close to you. I am providing some, but I’m sure there are some that I will miss. Get your Google on and don’t be afraid to go past the 1st page. Figure out who’s got plus size sample sizes. There is nothing more disappointing than going to try on dresses and they have nothing for you. Call ahead and make sure there are ample dresses for you to try on.
Don’t let your weight loss plans interfere with ordering your dress. A lot of brides (I didn’t LOL) plan to diet for their big day and can put off ordering a dress because of anticipating being smaller. I can only detect an issue if you are going from a size 28 to a size 0. Plus sizes tend to take longer to drop sizes as opposed to straight size. A straight size girl may only need to drop 10 pounds to drop a size, it takes me about 30 pounds. I’ve dropped 70 pounds before and only went down 3-4 sizes. That’s would still be fine for alteration. This leads me to my next tip.
You need to order your dress about 10 – 12 months in advance. This allows time for the be made and shipped. Take into account that you may have an international designer ,as I did. I ordered 9 months before my big day and my dress had it’s final alteration 2 weeks before my wedding. That was cutting it close.
Don’t settle. I can’t think of one day in a women’s life where she deserves to get what she wants. This will probably be the most expensive dress you will ever buy. Don’t just take something, because you don’t think you’ll find anything else.
Breathe. This is easy to say after the fact, but I was so worried about not finding the “perfect” dress. It’s true what they say, you will know when it is the dress.
Bring your shapewear. You want to be able to see how you would look on the big day. Bring you strapless bra, long line bra, and girdle. Have them on and ready to go, so you get the full effect.
Arm people be prepared. Some of you ladies will not be wanting to show your arms on your wedding day. That’s fine, but the selection of plus size bridal gowns with sleeves is slim. There are some, but there will be only be a few to choose from. You may do better online than in the store. You could opt for an add-on jacket or have sleeves built onto the dress. Yes they can do that, but it will cost you.
Kansas City, KS Mia’s Bridal
Lincoln, CA Alma’s Bridal Boutique
Costa Mesa, CA Mon Amie Bridal Salon
Minneapolis, MN Luxe
*Frisco, TX The Blushing Bride
New York, NY Kleinfield (Say Yes to the Dress)
Buffalo, NY Christine’s Bridal Shop
Baltimore, MD Curvaceous Couture Online
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