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Guide To Picking The Perfect Wedding Dress- The Shape

Posted by Brandi Kane on September 25, 2012

Taking the time to pick your perfect dress can save you from being a sad puppy.  

The Wedding Gown Experts here at Champion Cleaners in Birmingham Alabama want to make sure you look and feel your best on your special day.  We know that picking the shape of your gown is sure to be one of the most important Wedding Gown decisions you'll make.  The first step to doing so is finding out what shape your body is.

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Topics: Wedding Gown Styles, wedding dress cleaning Birmingham Alabama, alterations for plus siz wedding dresses, Alterations

Alterations for Plus Size Wedding Dresses

Posted by David Whitehurst on December 17, 2011

A wedding is the one day a woman wants to feel her most beautiful and should be radiating confidence with every camera flash and champagne toast. A comfortably fitting wedding dress will reflect the self-assured glow from within, but an ill-fitting gown can be distracting and make you feel unattractive. As you shop for your dress, keep in mind that wedding gown alterations are key to flawless memories.

Although wedding dresses are made in a wide range of sizes and designed for multiple body types, it is still important that it fits your unique shape. A wedding dress must fit snugly and loosely in all of the right places in order to flow properly and, unlike more casual garments, problem areas cannot be concealed with a few safety pins or an oversized belt. The gown must be comfortable enough to wear for several hours through dances, bouquet tosses and photos with friends. Since all eyes will be on you, and you’ll have the pictures to prove it, it is important that your dress fit perfectly.

Buying a designer dress off the rack rarely means a perfect fit for anyone, let alone a woman with curves. Being a plus size bride, however, should not hold you back from having the dress of your dreams. Wedding dress alterations specialists including dressmakers and experienced seamstresses have all sorts of tricks up their sleeves to transform an ill fitting dress into a dream wedding gown.

Three things to keep in mind when buying a plus-size wedding dress 

  • Extensive wedding dress alterations can be extremely time consuming and multiple visits require a larger budget.  Try to get a close fit...but don't expect a proper fit off the rack.
  • It is usually easier to take in your dress than let is out. My suggestion is to choose a dress that fits the largest part of your body first and plan on taking in the dress in the other areas. 
  • Chat with your seamstress or dressmaker about your wedding gown alterations several months in advance (or at least as early as possible) to be sure you will look and feel your very best on your wedding day.

When buying a plus-size wedding dress (as with any size), check your ego at the door.  Most wedding dresses run in smaller sizes than traditional clothing today.  Don't be shocked at needing a larger size than you expect.  Just be comfortable in your dress, get the right fit and look great for your wedding.

Get Wedding Dress Alterations from a Specialist. 

From simple hems, to adding a bustle, altering the bodice to a redesign of a vintage gown.  We can do it and you can relax.

Call 205.588.4120 for an appointment

Learn more about our wedding dress alterations services here from

Champion Wedding Gown Specialist
2548 Rocky Ridge Road
Birmingham, Alabama 35243
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Topics: wedding gown alterations in Birmimgham Alabama, wedding dress alterations in Birmingham Alabama, alterations for plus siz wedding dresses, Alterations

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