Every bride looks forward eagerly to shopping for her perfect wedding dress, but that eager anticipation may also carry a tinge of dread, especially for plus size brides. Walking into a wedding dress boutique and looking for a plus size dress can be daunting, but never doubt that you will be a beautiful bride and you’ll find the perfect wedding dress for you. Here are some tips to make your dress shopping excursions more productive and less stressful.

1. Call Ahead

Some bridal boutiques make a point of keeping a single sample of each dress in one uniform size.  For most bridal boutiques that offer dresses between sizes 3 and 20, the sample dress falls somewhere in the middle of the range, usually about a 10. If you want to really try on the dresses instead of just “getting a basic idea” of what it might look like on you, it’s probably a good idea to call ahead and see if your local boutiques offer plus size dress samples.

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