Simple Guide to Plus Size Wedding Dresses

When it comes to plus size wedding dresses, there are a few important elements we look for–sturdy gown structure, flattering silhouettes, and high-quality design. Designers who meet these requirements will remain at the top of our list of faves. While you’re shopping for the perfect gown, consider a few tricks that might help you (1) find the dress of your dreams and (2) strut down the aisle with confidence. See below for a few amazing design ideas and professional tips!

Photos: Courtesy of Wtoo, Allure Bridals, Morilee, Roz La Kelin, Alfred Angelo

When it comes to plus size wedding dresses, there are a few important elements we look for–sturdy gown structure, flattering silhouettes, and high-quality design.

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Fabrics and Corsets for Extra Support

If you’re going for a form-fitted gown but you feel a little self conscious about your tummy, try a sturdy fabric such as luxe taffeta or satin that will hold a strong corseted back. Corsets offer a great deal of extra support–probably one of the greatest wedding gown inventions for plus size wedding dresses! Get a friend to lace up your gown and snuggly pull it all together, then you can bet your dress will show off all the right curves!

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Gorgeous Necklines

If you’re not really digging the strapless sweetheart neckline that has taken the bridal industry by storm, it’s okay. I, at least, won’t be mad at you. Actually, it’s about time we switch it up a bit and play around with new and interesting neckline ideas. You may even find that an alternative neckline is most flattering in a sexy yet modest kind of way. Consider soft tulle straps for extra support or fun detachable capped sleeves that can be removed at any point during the celebration.

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Inverted Ruching for a Slimming Effect

Ruching and plus size wedding dresses were made for one another–and for good reason. Ruching plays a sweet little trick on the eyes, drawing attention inward and giving the waist line a seriously slimming effect. Trust me, a beautifully ruched gown in soft organza or silk will do a number on your waistline.

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The proper waistline is everything!

Consider your own body type, and know the areas that you want to accentuate and the areas you want to hide. For some brides, an empire waist–just above your natural waistline–will work best to show off the hour-glass figure. For other brides, a drop-waist gown might just do the trick. So play around with different dresses and various waistlines to see what works best for your shape.

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