The average woman in the United States is a size 14, which is also the point that clothes become plus-sized. If you are a size 14 or above, choosing a wedding dress is often particularly challenging, since many sample bridal gowns dresses are primarily available in smaller sizes. Fortunately, you can still find a wedding dress you love and love it even more after you have it modified to your precise figure and preferences. The tricks to doing so are knowing how to shop for the dress and how to customize it to your precise needs.

Take Your Own Measurements Before You Shop For Your Wedding Dress

You have probably already noticed that in the United States, there are significant differences in the sizing of most women's clothing. That is still true of wedding dresses and in fact, wedding dresses often run several sizes above what your normal size would be. In order to save time and expense later on, be sure to get one that is as close to your own size as possible, as alterations will be easier and less expensive.

You will also be able to save a lot of time and frustration by taking your bust, waist and hip measurements before you set foot in the bridal shop. Once you get there, the associates should know which manufacturers have sizes that correlate to your measurements. However, as mentioned below, it is still crucial to allow sufficient time between the purchase of the dress and your wedding day, for professional alterations.

Choose The Right Seamstress And Plan For The Right Alterations

It is a good idea to remember how complicated the average wedding dress is. You may have been surprised to learn when you were shopping for the gown that it is not unusual to need help getting in and out of wedding dresses. By extension, that means that although you may be able to get pants hemmed or a skirt let out from your local dry cleaner, it is usually better to choose a professional seamstress with experience improving wedding dresses to handle your beautiful gown.

In addition, you should also allow sufficient time for the fittings, particularly at your first visit. If you expect any significant physical changes due to pregnancy, childbirth or weight loss, etc. you should speak with your seamstress to determine how long will be needed prior to the wedding to modify your gown.

In conclusion, your wedding dress is an enormous investment that you may have been thinking about for years. When shopping for it, it is best to be prepared with your measurements and style preferences. Once you have the perfect dress, it is also very important to choose the right pprofessional to customize it to your body type and style.