How to Shop for a Wedding Dress as a Busty Bride
We regularly get asked on our Instagram and Facebook often how to shop for wedding dresses as a busty bride. Finally, the wait is over! We spoke to our bridal consultants and expert alterations staff to learn how to approach shopping for your special day as a busty bride, and these are the tips you definitely don’t want to miss. Get the scoop, below.
Think about strap options.
Definitely explore styles with straps thick enough to cover your bra straps! This way, you’ll have extra support and no one will even know. Cap sleeves are a great option here too. Keep in mind, while a spaghetti strap might look nice, the weight of your bust might make these skinny straps dig into your shoulders. Stiffer strap fabrics (think satin, crepe, etc.) will also provide extra support, while fabrics like delicate mesh will not.
Perfect dress options with straps:
Opt for styles with a higher back.
Dresses with raised backs or corsets make great options for a busty brides. This way, a bra can be worn without it being seen, plus a corset can be adjusted as needed for extra support.
Our favorite high backed dresses:
Don’t count out an illusion neckline as a busty bride!
While some might think sheer illusion in the bodice would be off limits for a bigger chest, fear no more! If you’re totally in love with the look of illusion, we say “yes”—just keep in mind you’ll need to wear a skin colored bra for some secret support. Depending on the level of illusion or cut outs, your alterations manager might suggest filling in these areas with lace, lining or detailing to accommodate undergarments. Keep in mind, customization fees may apply here.
Our favorite illusion dresses:
Think about bust-friendly necklines.
If you’re not wild about cleavage, there are great bust-friendly necklines out there for you! Instead of a more revealing v-neckline, try a bateau neckline or a pretty off-the shoulder look. Both of these styles can incorporate a strapless bra to give you the support you need, but still show off your décolletage.
Our favorite chest flattering gowns: