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Finding any type of clothing can be a very frustrating experience for full-figured women.  Therefore, the task of shopping for a plus size wedding dress can be a daunting one.  However, here are a few tips to help you along your way when shopping for plus size dresses.

Consider your shape.  You want to find a dress that will flatter your figure.  A-line dresses are flattering to most figures, particularly curvier figures, as the dress will skim over the hips.  You will probably want to avoid tea length dresses and ballgowns.  Tea length dresses tend to make women appear shorter and sometimes gives the appearance of heavy ankles.  Ballgowns may add roundness to your figure.  If you are a bustier woman, consider a v-neck dress.  This will give you a beautiful line in your dress.  

Know where to shop.  You will want to start in shops that specialize in serving the plus sized bride.  If you don't have one of those locally, you might want to start at one of the large retail chains.  They are most likely to have a few dresses you can actually try on.  It's not very helpful trying to imagine how that size 8 will look on your body.  You might also try some of the larger department stores.  There are several designers who specialize in plus size wedding dresses such as Alfred Angelo, Emme Bridal and Allure Bridals.  You might also consider checking out websites for more ideas.  Check out the links below for a bit of help.  Also, remember that you can find bridesmaids dresses and mother-of-the-bride dresses at these shops as well.  This is a great resource if some of your bridesmaids are plus-size girls as well. David's Bridal 

Consider your comfort.  You can purchase the most beautiful gown in the world and it won't look beautiful if you are stressed about wearing it or tugging on it throughout the whole affair.  Be sure you can move comfortably, sit, dance, etc.  Don't be stuck on a "size."  You may need to purchase a size larger than you normally would to get a good fit.  Gowns tend to run small.  

Get it altered.  No matter if you are a size 2 or a size 20, you will look your best on your wedding day if your dress has been tailored to fit you perfectly.  It is amazing how just a little bit of tweaking can make a gown woman look amazing.  

Break the rules.  At the end of the day, it's your dress.  YOU need to be in love with it.  Generally you will find most advice on finding a plus size dress focuses on disguising your figure.  However, curves are beautiful!  Celebrate your curves, don't hide them.  Choose a gown that accentuates your best features and celebrates your curvy figure.  

Take a look at some beautiful curvy women in gorgeous wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses.  You won't think to "hide" your figure again.  


Beautiful Curves


Beautiful Curves


Empire Waist


V-neck, A-line


Curve accentuating mermaid


Beautiful A-line


Waist accentuating








Tags: wedding gowns, mother-of-the-bride dresses, bridesmaids dresses, plus size dresses