Wedding Dress Fitting Tips For Big Busted Brides

For brides with a larger bust, finding the perfect wedding dress can sometimes feel like a challenge. It’s all about finding a dress that not only fits beautifully but also provides comfort and confidence on your special day.

Understand Your Support Needs

The key to a great wedding dress for a big bust is support. Look for dresses with built-in structure, like boning or a corset as these can offer you the necessary support without the need for a bra.

If you prefer wearing a bra, ensure the dress style accommodates it seamlessly.

This can mean:

  • Looking for dresses with wider straps or Sleeves: Styles with wider straps or sleeves can easily conceal bra straps. This is especially useful if you are planning to wear a full-support or strapless bra.
  • Considering back design: If your chosen bra has a specific back style (like a low back), you need to ensure the dress’s back design aligns with it. For instance, a dress with a high back or a lace overlay can hide a standard bra back.

Similarly, some wedding gowns come with built-in cups or a corset-style bodice that can provide enough support, potentially eliminating the need for a separate bra. Conversely, if you find a dress you love that doesn’t provide enough bust support, consider having cups sewn into the dress during alterations for a more integrated solution.


  • Seek structured designs: Look for gowns with built-in support, such as boning, a built-in bra, or a corset back. These features can offer substantial support and eliminate the need for additional undergarments.
  • Test movement: When trying on dresses, move around, bend, and dance to ensure the bust stays comfortably in place.

Choose The Right Neckline

  • V-Neck and sweetheart: These necklines are ideal as they visually elongate your upper body and offer a flattering frame for your bust without overemphasising it.
  • Scoop neckline: Another great option, providing a balanced look while still offering ample coverage.

Avoid, however, high necklines.

This is because high necklines, such as halter styles, can make the bust appear larger and more prominent.

Consider Fabrics That Offer Support And Shaping

Opt for sturdier fabrics like satin, taffeta or structured lace that can help in providing support and shaping.

Be wary of stretchy materials because soft and stretchy fabrics may not offer adequate support and could accentuate areas you’d prefer to minimise. These materials may include jersey, charmeuse, rayon, modal, lycra, and bamboo fabric.

Strap Considerations

  • Look for wider straps: They provide additional support and distribute weight more evenly, reducing shoulder discomfort.
  • Strapless gowns: If you opt for strapless, ensure the bodice is snug and secure. Consider a dress with a sweetheart neckline for added support.

Select The Right Silhouette

  • A-Line gowns: This classic A-line silhouette flatters by drawing attention to the smallest part of your waist and then gently flaring out.
  • Empire Waistlines: These can be a good choice but ensure the fabric falls smoothly without adding bulk.

Related reading: ‘5 reasons why you should consider an A-line wedding gown’

Prioritise Comfort

  • Ensure ease of movement: Your wedding dress should allow you to move freely and comfortably. It’s essential that you don’t feel restricted in your gown, whether you’re walking down the aisle or dancing at your reception.
  • Breathe with ease: A well-fitted dress should let you breathe comfortably throughout the event. Avoid styles that are too tight around the bust or waist, which can make you feel constricted.
  • Adjustability features: Look for dresses with features like adjustable corsets or lace-up backs, which can provide a snug fit while still allowing some flexibility.

About Emerald Bridal

We hope you found this guide helpful.

Emerald Bridal specialises in off-the-rack (ready-to-wear) wedding dresses that offer a careful balance between style, affordability, and quality. Our focus is on helping brides find their dream dress so that they look and feel comfortable and beautiful on their big day.

Come visit our Sydney showroom for a personalised fitting.

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