Wedding gown shopping for any bride can be as daunting an experience as it can be exciting. If you’re a more curvaceous woman in a sea of sample size-ten wedding gowns, it can sometimes feel overwhelming. Shopping for the perfect dress however, regardless of your size or shape, should always be a pleasant experience, and you should never feel forced to settle for anything less than a gown that makes you look and feel amazing. With this in mind Bride Tasmania chatted with Michelle, the owner and manager of Cheveux Bridal in Launceston for her tips to help the more curvaceous bride achieve just that.
1. Determine a budget before shopping for a gown
As excited as you may be to start shopping, work out your budget first. Avoid trying on gowns that are outside of your price range because you’ll either fall in love with one and be disappointed by every other dress you see, or you’ll blow your budget. If you do find yourself pining for a gown that costs more than you can afford, ask if the dress comes in another fabric that may be less expensive.
2. Call ahead
Michelle suggests that you call ahead to your chosen boutique to check that they stock plus size gowns. That way, you will avoid the disappointment of arriving at the boutique and finding you are unable to try on any gowns.
Don’t panic if you don’t fit into a gown in your usual clothing size. According to Michelle, “It’s normal to wear a larger size in bridal wear than everyday clothing.”
Wear the right undergarments when going to your bridal appointment. Ideally, wear the undergarments that you will wear on your wedding day.
5. Choose figure-flattering fabrics
“Thicker fabrics are great for curvy brides”, says Michelle. “They smooth the figure out and create a streamlined silhouette. Avoid heavily beaded bodices and appliques, as they will likely draw attention to areas you may want to minimise.”
6. Know your body shape
Michelle suggests that top-heavy brides with hourglass figures look good in trumpet style gowns. A-line gowns are great if the bride has a heavier bottom half. While apple shaped brides look best in empire-style or ball gowns. Also remember that just because a bride is a plus size does not mean she cannot wear a fitted gown.
7. Create a beautiful silhouette
According to Michelle, “I love and stock the multi award winning Sonsie plus size range of wedding gowns. The Sonsie gowns have the ultimate fit and structure and are designed to create a gorgeous silhouette for curvier brides. They are available to order in sizes 18 through to size 32.”
Currently Cheveux Bridal stocks gowns in plus sizes 18 through to 26.
8. Be confident: choose a gown that reflects your personality
If there’s ever a time you will want to wear a gown that you love, it should be on your wedding day. So while shopping for your wedding gown, don’t be too conservative. Tell your bridal consultant what you want, and don’t feel obliged to buy a particular style you’re not in love with, just because it looks flattering. The right dress should also make you feel comfortable in your own skin. According to Michelle, “Every body shape is beautiful, so be confident and comfortable in your own skin. Curves look beautiful in wedding gowns.”