No matter who you are, who you know, how tall or short, size 2 or size 16, glamorous or earthy, all brides should feel like beautiful goddesses on their wedding days.
In regards to the hunt for the perfect dress, we all have our issues (mine is that lovely non-flat tummy that I inherited from my mother’s family). No matter what, you want to glow. You want everyone to gasp quietly in awe upon their first glimpse of you walking down the aisle. You want your honey to know deep in his heart that he is marrying the most beautiful woman on the planet.
So how to achieve this if you hit the common speedbumps that many plus-size brides encounter while shopping for The Dress? And what if you have a plus-size bridesmaids? With New York Fashion Week finally embracing plus-size beauties and networks like TLC acknowledging the plus-size demographic more and more, plus-size brides have many options and are claiming their own spotlight.
And check out this brand new, hot off the presses release of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress: Big Bliss” trailer…
Ann from Strut Bridal Salon, a bridal salon that caters to the plus-size bride, advises you to prequalify dress shops by asking the following questions:
- Do you carry this brand/style or something similar? Be sure to be very specific. Some stores, for example, don’t carry mermaid dresses over a size 12. If that’s a style you want to try, be sure to ask if you will be able to put on that silhouette.
- Do you have samples to fit a bride size 22-26? Be sure to ask how many dresses they have in a size that will fit you, and then ask if they will zip (as opposed to having a gaping back or just being held against your body).
- Is there a day of the week that will be more relaxed for shopping? Some brides are more comfortable with fewer other wedding parties around.
- Do you have a plus size or more mature consultant that can assist me? You may be more comfortable working with sales people that are curvy also.
Sara Mack from Destiny’s Bride , a Scottsdale Bridal Boutique, offers this advice:
1. Keep an open mind and try on different silhouettes- you can be surprised by what you will love. I find a lot of plus-size brides will allow themselves to be confined to a particular shape to “hide” their shape when certain silhouettes, like the trumpet or modified A-line, show off a fuller shape and are incredibly flattering.
This modified A-line gown by Jim Hjelm is a perfect option for plus-size brides!
2. DON’T give up! It can be frustrating for any size bride when the sample doesn’t fit- but don’t get discouraged. Let your bridal consultant help you to see how the gown is supposed to fit by using pins or clips. When you find your dress, you’ll know- because you’ll love it even if the sample is in ivory when you want white or if it doesn’t quite zip up all the way in the back.