Every bride should determine her budget for a gown before she goes shopping. And plus-size brides need to consider that their gowns may be more expensive than the average wedding dress. The manufacturer charges a certain percentage for plus-size gowns, Sarah says. There's more material, beading and lace required for the dress, and the designer may have to create a new dress pattern, too.
Sarah's final piece of advice? Go shopping with an open mind! "Let the consultant guide you into a different silhouette that you wouldn't think would look good on you," Sarah recommends. That doesn't mean you don't have a say in your bridal style -- have an idea of what body parts you want to emphasize and which ones you want to downplay. Your consultant will use this information to find the right dress.
"Be confident knowing that you'll walk out [of the bridal salon] looking beautiful!" Sarah says. "Girls get very self-conscious of body and shape, and that doesn't create a positive atmosphere for the bride -- she's so focused on parts she doesn't like." Stay positive, and the right dress will find you.
- Velasquez, Sarah. Kleinfeld Bridal consultant. Personal interview conducted by Candace Keener. Sept. 2, 2010.