If you’re just beginning your search for the perfect plus-size wedding gown, you’re aware that it can be challenging. Finding cheap wedding dresses that look great on a curvy figure can be even harder, as sample wedding dresses aren’t always full-figure friendly. Add the overwhelming number of fabrics, silhouettes, and trends to choose from, and the process can feel downright daunting. Don’t worry – take a deep breath, and read on for some simple dos and don’ts that can help you narrow down your choices and find a dress that makes you look and feel amazing.

DO consider an A-line silhouette

A-line gowns, especially those with empire waists, tend to be very flattering on fuller-figured brides. They offer more coverage, and the higher waistline (starting just under the bust) that transitions immediately into the pretty A-line shape provides the wearer with a flattering silhouette as well as a bit more discretion than many other types of dresses.

DON’T go for a pieced-together look

If possible, avoid dresses that appear pieced together. For instance, some dresses are made with a bodice that’s one style and a skirt made of a different fabric or texture. These gowns don’t transition smoothly and can cause the body to be visually cut in unflattering ways. The whole dress doesn’t necessarily have to be the same fabric but make sure the sections segue fluidly into one another, and the overall look of the dress flows.

DO accentuate your curves

If you’d like to accentuate your beautiful, curvy shape, you can do so with a dropped waist corseted or mermaid-style gown. Even if you don’t feel you have much of a waist, you can create one with a bodice top. The dropped waist also allows for fullness at the bottom of the gown. Similarly, mermaid silhouettes, which are fitted through the waist and hips and then flared at the bottom, can be very flattering on a curvy figure.

DON’T choose flimsy fabrics

If you’d like to camouflage those trouble areas, steer clear of thin, flimsy materials such as chiffon or silk charmeuse. These fabrics skim the body and magnify everything. Other than fabrics such as these, you’re free to choose from an entire world of wedding gown materials, from taffeta to organza, duchess satin to lace. There are many flattering and gorgeous fabrics for a plus-size bride.

DO express your unique personality

If there was ever a time that you should wear something that’s 100% “you,” it’s on your wedding day. All types of wedding gowns come in plus sizes, so whatever you want, go for it. At Elegant Bride, we offer many options for brides of all shapes and sizes, including sample wedding dresses at great prices. If you’re considering wedding dress rental, consider this instead: why rent, when you can choose from sample designer wedding, dresses for as little as $300? Cheap wedding dresses that don’t look cheap can be a reality for any bride. When it comes to competitive prices on Martina Liana, Allure, Elaya Vaughn, Stella York, and more, Elegant Bride in Dublin, Ohio has you covered.