Guest Blog: Plus size dress shopping tips with Pearls & Lace

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True Curves is the latest collection to join the existing plus size range stocked in Pearls and Lace Bridal Boutique, in Donegal Town. The Award Winning bridal retailer also stock gowns from Essense of Australia and Stella York featuring everything from ball gowns to more fitted mermaid styles their  sample sizes start at size 18 and go up to size 26. Current trends for 2020 & 2021 brides feature in the collection boasting off the shoulder dresses, amazing trains and even dresses with pockets!
Carole Murray owner of Pearls & Lace has put together helpful tips for curvy brides to be to keep in mind when choosing your dream dress. Carole states, ”we’re really excited to be adding a new brand of plus size dresses to our collection in the boutique. We absolutely love these vintage, art deco inspired gowns from True Bride and we know our brides are going to love the cap sleeves, art deco beading and flattering silhouettes of these dresses. Our plus size collection is really popular and we have brides travelling from all over Ireland to try our dresses on so we think it’s important to continually update our selection with new fresh looks.  All of our appointments are 90 minutes and in a private fitting room. We’re also very transparent and display the size range of dresses we stock on our website. We find our brides like this as it helps remove any pre dress shopping nerves around sizing”
Carole’s tips for shopping for a plus size wedding dress?
Leave the Nerves at the Door. Firstly don’t be nervous! Many of our brides are nervous about sizing when they come in, especially those on the search for a plus size wedding dress. Please don’t be, we’re here to help you find the dress of your dreams and we promise we’ll make it a lovely experience….just enjoy!’
Research.  We recommend researching the styles before you come in store so you have an idea of what styles you’d like to try on. Sometimes however, dresses can surprise and you know that fitted dress that you loved but didn’t think would suit you…it might just be the one to make you feel a million dollars, so keep an open mind. Our plus size wedding dresses are all available to view on our website- screenshot your favourites and we’ll start with these first but you won’t be restricted to trying on only these styles. Our consultant will work through all the styles and silhouettes with you.
Sizing. Sizing tends to cause a lot of nerves when it comes to wedding dress shopping. To help our brides we have a guide to all of our  plus size dresses under their description for you so you know before you come what size the sample will be. It is worth keeping in mind bridal sizing tends to be on the smaller side so if you are normally a size 20, in a wedding dress this may be a size 22. Bridal gowns rarely fit anyone perfectly so don’t worry too much about this, all of our wedding dresses can be ordered for you in a smaller or larger size and altered to suit.  You need lots of imagination wedding dress shopping but we can promise you will love your experience!
Bring your nearest and dearest. It be an overwhelming experience, particularly if you have a lot of different opinions to try on. Make sure you bring those who opinions you need but also that you’re comfortable around.  There’s lots of ways to involve others later, at your styling appointment for example you can get their involvement on picking bridal accessories once the big decision is made but for your initial shopping experience it is worth keeping it to your nearest and dearest to start with.
As with all our other ranges, our plus size wedding dress collection is updated every season meaning that we have new gowns arriving most of the year around. You can keep up to date with new styles on our Facebook page.
Plus Size Wedding Dress Events!
We also have at least two exclusive plus size wedding dress events every year. During these events we have an extended range of plus size dresses available for the one weekend only. It’s a great opportunity to get a peek at new season collections and be the first to try on dresses which aren’t normally available in the boutique. Contact us for more details.  We’d love to welcome you for an appointment in our boutique which is located in Donegal, Ireland. 
You can view the full collection of plus size wedding dresses at Pearls and Lace on their website and stay up to date with their social media for more images of the new arrivals or check out a sneak peak of their collection below!