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It’s time to talk about weddings and I am pumped!!!! I’m getting married on October 10th of this year and I decided that part of what will help me get ready is to take out some of my anxiety right here on this blog! We’re going to be talking about where to shop and focusing only on stores/websites that carry size 24 and up.
For the sake of structure, I’m going to make two posts for outfitting your special day. One will focus on plus size brides, and one on plus size grooms. But please don’t let the labels fool you, because they’re just that… labels. And it’s your wedding day and you get to wear what you want and identify however you like! So if you’re a bride looking for a tuxedo I’ll have a post for you! And if you’re a groom looking for a gown, you’re more than welcome here! And if you don’t identify with either of those labels that’s cool too, because they’re antiquated, and traditional weddings and terminology are kind of outdated, ya know?
Plus size shopping is tough, and finding something you feel perfect in for your wedding day shouldn’t have to be. The reality is there are going to be a couple obstacles in your way, and if you’re a bit more prepared for them it could ease the anxiety around the whole experience. I’ve put some body positive tips between stores with some tips to help you be well prepared!
WHERE TO SHOP FOR PLUS SIZE WEDDING DRESSES
This is by far my favorite wedding dress destination for a couple reasons. The first is that they are on trend, and their styles change frequently. They probably won’t be carrying the giant princess style dresses that some people desire, but they’ll definitely have something comfortable and chic for a fairly reasonable price. Sizes go up to 36, and prices are around $300-$700. quick tip: check their casual dresses if you’re looking for something modern and affordable, they usually have a few super cute options!
If you are going to go to a bridal dress shop and try on samples, wear really comfy underwear that you don’t mind people seeing you in. They will likely have dress sizes only up to about 14 so it’s possible you won’t find ones that fit, but if you do they’ll definitely be open in the back and your whole tushy will be hanging out. Be prepared!
Kiyonna has a great return policy and makes it really easy for brides to find the perfect dress. Because many of their styles are in stock and ready to ship, you can start the fun of trying on dresses as soon as you decide what style you love! All of their gorgeous pieces are made in the US, and are on-trend with current fashions. On a personal note, if I had been able to afford it I definitely would have chose this dress as my own wedding dress. Sizes up to 32, with prices from $200-400.
Before you go out dress shopping consider how your hair and makeup will be done and do a less intensive version of it. Even if you don’t want to do yourself up, making yourself feel a little extra fierce will feel great on the day you’re trying dresses on. You’re going to be looking in a lot of mirrors and doing something to make yourself feel nice while trying stuff on will ease the discomfort of trying on dress after dress.
Let’s here it for companies that cater to plus sizes! Sydney’s Closet is exclusively for plus size special occasion dresses and they are so lovely. They carry more youthful styles in their “prom” section, and you can even get something amazing for the plus size mother of the bride in your life. I really love the gold gown shown to the right. Remember, your wedding dress can be any color you want it to be! Sizes 14-40, prices from $150-800. They also sell shoes and accessories!
Take your time looking for your dress (if you can). If you don’t find a dress today that’s ok. If you’re going to shop online, make sure they have a good return policy so you can return it and try something else if you need to. Though trying on dresses from online shops is a little less fun than having 20 dresses to try on in store, it can also be very low stress. If it doesn’t work, that’s ok. Return it and try the next cute one!
These jaw dropping dresses are everything a formal princess plus size bride could ever dream of. Seriously, they are unreal. You will have to use their store finder to find a bridal shop that carries them near you, but goodness gracious if you can find one please go try them on for me. And send me pictures. And tell me if they’re really as gorgeous as I’ve imagined. Sizes up to 32, prices from $1,000-3,000.
Always keep in mind that YOU are not the problem. The fact that stores do not make sizes to accommodate your amazing body is no fault of your own. You should not have to change your body in order to have clothes made for you. You are not to blame for your lack of options, and it’s ok to feel like it’s unfair. Because it is. It’s unfair, and you’ll still find an amazing dress damn it.
I know several people who have purchased their dresses from here and they were all incredibly pleased with the fit and quality. Igigi is another great store that specializes in plus sizes and the attention to differing bodies is evident. Sizes from 12-32, prices from $350-700.
Any dress can be a wedding dress. If you love it and feel comfortable in it that’s all that matters. Don’t be afraid to step outside the box and be a little different. Your dress can be as wild or as simple as you want it to be. If you want to wear neon pink to your wedding DO IT!
There are a lot of stores that carry dresses that you could definitely wear to your wedding, that aren’t necessarily advertised as “wedding dresses”. I got my dress from one of these stores! You can always reference the Where To Shop guide for more ideas on stores to check out. It’s a bit more time consuming to search through stores that don’t have a specific “wedding” section, but it can often times save you a lot of money! I bought a wedding dress and a reception dress for less than $200 because I was looking for a more relaxed off-the-rack look than most brides. Some stores that carry gorgeous wedding-style dresses include SimplyBe, Modcloth, and Navabi.
It can be very helpful to go to a local bridal shop and get fitted, and possibly even see about getting alterations done on the dress you purchase. Another option for your dream dress is to get it custom made. Many people think it’s more expensive to get a dress custom made, but many local seamstresses can help you design your dress for under $1,000.
I hope you’re feeling inspired to find your perfect dress! We all deserve to feel spectacular in our bodies and in our clothes, and your wedding day is no exception. You’ve got bigger things to think about… like what food you’re going to serve!
I would LOVE if any of you wanted to share pics of your special day with me! You can post them on my facebook post about this series and I can gush over how gorgeous you are!
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