Plus Size Wedding Gowns and Bridesmaid Dresses

As a plus size bride, I found it very difficult to find the kind of wedding dress I had always dreamed of in the usual bridal boutiques. Their selection of dresses was extremely limited, and very often the styles were not available in plus sizes.  I also had a need to find a dress relatively quickly, and most shops quoted a time frame of at least 6-10 weeks when ordering a dress.  As a result of not being able to find what I wanted locally, I decided to try finding a wedding dress via the Internet.  I was able to locate a wide selection of different styles in plus sizes and found a dress that exceeded my expectations.  I was also able to get my dress much more quickly (about 2 weeks), by ordering it online.  Additionally, I got a dress much nicer than I had initially planned on, due to the fact that I saved a lot of money buying it online.  I was very pleased with my gown and amazed at both its quality and fit.

If you are contemplating buying a plus size wedding dress online and it seems intimidating, here are a few tips that should help de-mystify the process. 

Firstly, do go to a few bridal shops and try on some dresses in a variety of styles to give yourself an idea of what looks flattering on you.  During this process, you should become aware of some of the basic necklines, hemlines, and sleeve styles.  Also, pay attention to what kind of fabrics you look best in.  There are many to choose from, and sometimes a matte look can be more flattering on larger figures. 

After you find a dress online that you like, it is important to take good measurements.  If you are unsure how to do this, enlist the help of a good friend or preferably, someone who sews. You might even be able to get someone at the bridal shop to help you when you go to try on gowns. However you do it, it is imperative that you have good measurements to figure out what size gown you need to order.  Also, know that gowns tend to run on the small side, so do not be surprised if you need to buy a size or so larger than you normally wear.  Almost any gown you buy will need to be fitted professionally, so make sure and include that in your overall budget.  Remember it is better to have a gown that is a little too large and can be taken in, versus one that is too small. 

Lastly, before ordering your gown, find out if you are able to return the dress if it does not fit or you truly hate it.  Hopefully by following these tips your experience will be as wonderful as mine.

The following link lists online plus size wedding dress retailers.

Plus Size Bridal is an online bridal shop dedicated to plus size women, with a wide selection of wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mother's' dresses, and accessories: They have a wide selection, with over eighty wedding gown styles, in sizes 16W-32W and over fifty bridesmaid dress styles, in sizes 2-20 and 16W-30W.  Wedding dresses can be exchanged or refunded in a 5 day period, along with a $25.00 restocking fee.  For bridesmaid dresses, there are no exchanges nor refunds.  They ship within the US and also to 28 countries outside the US.  Their website even uses plus size models.

Sydney's Closet carries plus size wedding gowns and  bridesmaid dresses from sizes 14 up to 44.  They also have accessories.  They have a seven day return policy.  They ship within the US and also internationally.

Peggy Lutz Plus is an online plus size store that designs and makes unique wedding gowns in sizes up to 38/40 or made to order according to your height and measurements.  They have twenty-two of their own styles and can also make custom gowns in other styles and fabrics if you consult with them.  They will check your measurements against the size that you order.  Their website even uses plus size models.

The Bridal World - is an online bridal shop with plus size wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mother's dresses with sizes 16W-28W.  They have nine different plus size wedding gown styles to choose from at discount prices.  They have a three day exchange policy and will ship within the US as well as internationally.

Silver Lining is a bridal shop for the full-figured woman with a wide selection of plus size wedding gowns in sizes 18-28.  Their Atlanta store has over 100 samples gowns to try on.  They welcome inquiries over the phone as well as email.  They can order wedding gowns and accessories from a large number of designers. 

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