Custom vs. Off-the-Rack: Which Is Right for a Plus-Size Wedding Dress Appointment?

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Courtney L.
September 21, 2022

Choosing the perfect wedding dress is a momentous task for any bride, and for plus-size brides, the decision between custom-made and off-the-rack gowns holds particular significance. 

At many traditional boutiques, it can be a major let-down to discover that there aren’t a lot of larger sample sizes available for curvy brides, making a decision such as custom vs. off-rack all the more important.

At Curve, we exclusively cater to plus-size brides, so you’ll ONLY find larger sizes (14 to 36+). So if you want to go custom or off-rack, it comes down to personal style, fit, and budget.

This comparison highlights the key considerations for plus-size brides when deciding the best route for YOU!

Custom Plus-Size Wedding Dresses

Tailored Fit and Personalization

Custom wedding dresses are made to the bride's exact measurements, ensuring a flawless fit that accounts for curves. This option allows for complete personalization, from the choice of fabric to the design details, resulting in a one-of-a-kind gown that reflects the bride's unique style and vision. For plus-size brides, this means a dress that accentuates their best features and provides ultimate comfort.

Addressing Specific Needs

With a custom dress, plus-size brides can address specific fit concerns and preferences that off-the-rack options may not accommodate. Whether it’s additional support in the bodice, a particular neckline, or customized sleeve lengths, a designer can create a gown that meets all the bride’s needs. 

Higher Cost and Longer Lead Time

The main drawbacks of custom gowns are their higher cost and longer production time. Custom dresses often come with a premium price tag due to the bespoke nature of the design and the quality of materials used. Additionally, the process of designing and creating a custom gown can take several months, requiring brides to plan well in advance.

Off-the-Rack Plus-Size Wedding Gowns

Convenience and Variety

Off-the-rack dresses offer immediate availability and a wide range of styles and sizes. Plus-size brides can visit bridal boutiques, try on multiple dresses, and find a gown that suits their taste and budget. This convenience is ideal for brides with shorter timelines or those who prefer to make a decision quickly.


Generally, off-the-rack dresses are more budget-friendly than custom-made gowns. They provide a variety of options at different price points, making it easier for plus-size brides to find a beautiful dress within their budget. This affordability allows brides to allocate more of their budget to other aspects of their wedding.

Alterations and Limited Customization

While off-the-rack dresses are convenient, they often require alterations to achieve the perfect fit. Plus-size brides might need to budget additional time and money for these alterations. Moreover, customization options are limited compared to custom gowns, which may mean compromising on certain design elements or accepting that the dress may not be entirely unique.

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