The Curvy Bride's Guide to Finding the Perfect Wedding Gown

Follow these tips and tricks for selecting the perfect gown for your special day!

Sponsored by O Happy Day Bridal

Plus size, curvy, or big and beautiful: Whatever you call yourself, find the perfect bridal gown to fit your shape!

This is it. Your special moment. This will be the gown you will remember, forever. That might seem like a lot of pressure, but don't worry, we have some tips and tricks to ensure that you find the perfect dress to suit your bridal style.

Follow this guide and you will be well on your way to picking the perfect gown for your special day!

Bridal gowns have more structure than normal everyday clothing. This can make dressing in formal wear challenging for almost anyone, but especially frustrating if you are considered plus sized. Bridal sizing is confusing, the terminology can be intimidating (what the heck is a bustle anyway?!), and the too-small sample sizes often leave a curvy bride ordering her gown sight unseen. So what's a girl to do? Check out our tips below to get started.


Start by finding a material that works for you. Pay attention to how the material feels on your body, because this material will touch sensitive parts of your skin (such as your underarm area) that may only be accustomed to being exposed to softer and more flexible materials. Feel each fabric selection and select only the ones most appealing to you.

Which Shape Is Best?

After selecting your materials, start trying on gowns! You won't know what you truly prefer or what fits your shape best until you put the dresses on your body. Some professionals will try to guide you away from certain styles, based on your busty bosom or your generous hips or backside, but try them on anyway. The best way to eliminate different silhouettes quickly is by seeing which fit compliments your curves best, and you never know, the silhouette you've been avoiding may be a perfect fit for you!

By now, you've selected the material and the shape that fits you best. Now it's time to add some of your own personal style to the gown.

Add Your Personal Style

Select embellishments or accessories that reflect who you are as an individual. Are you a simplistic bride who thinks less is more? Or are you a bride that wants to sparkle and shine like a star and cover yourself head to toe in crystals and beads?

It's okay to step outside of the box and wear something completely unexpected for your special day, but make sure you accent your ensemble with the perfect accessories that speak to who you truly are. You'll be much happier with the end result.

O Happy Day Bridal is a mobile bridal boutique that brings the bridal appointment to the comfort of your home. They specialize in providing ready-to-wear bridal gowns for plus size brides who wear bridal sizes 12 to 26.