Kenneth Winston, style 3378: Our featured gown above showcases delicate woven organza. Beaded embroidery highlights the neckline and bustline offering shimmering radiance to behold. Available in White/Silver.
At New York Bride & Groom of Raleigh, we get it — every bride isn’t a size 2 and that’s perfectly fine with us. Where some bridal salons only carry the smaller spectrum of samples, we take pride in having a multitude of wedding dresses in the store to flatter every body type. Bring your best ladies and come find your perfect plus-size wedding gown.
Morilee, style 3203: Organza and tulle enchantment captivates in this sweetheart bridal gown. Beaded appliques add dimension and exquisite detail at the waist. Available colors: White/Silver, Ivory/Silver.
If you’re ready to start the search for your plus-size gown, check out these shopping tips from Brides.com to get the process rolling:
Most couture wedding dress designers design up to a size 20-24 even if they don’t have plus-size lines separated out in their collection.
Be open to different styles
Just as you shouldn’t let your shape preclude you from your dream designer, also don’t let it overly dictate the style of the dress. Yes, there are some silhouettes that you will find work better for your body shape, but you might surprise yourself with the variety of looks that you can wear. “I’ve had so many curvier brides say they don’t want a strapless dress, but then find a dress that fits them and gives them the right support, and nine times out of 10, they fall in love and end up with a strapless dress,” Sabatino says.
Buy the size that fits the biggest part of your body
A lot of brides might think that buying a smaller wedding dress will motivate them to shed weight before the wedding, but the truth is, it just adds a lot of unnecessary stress. “A consultant at the salon will measure you and suggest the right size,” she explains. “And you always have to go with the biggest size. This means, that if you’re bust is measuring a size 12, but your hips are measuring a size 18 — you should buy the dress in a size 18 and alter it down to accommodate the rest of your body.” Read more at Brides.com
When it comes to finding the perfect dress, as stated above, one of the keys is simply trying on a variety of gown styles and remaining open-minded about the possibilities. It might seem easy to judge a dress on the hanger, but it isn’t. You have to try it on and see how it works with your body.
Allure Bridals, style W330: This classic silhouette offers brides a tulle and lace applique dress with a sweet keyhole back and trailing lace skirt. Sensational Swarovski crystal sash and contour straps offer elegant support. Available sizes: 14-32. Available colors: White/Silver, Ivory/Silver.
Individual Awesomeness Is Crucial
Our experienced bridal consultants want you to love every aspect of your gown. Our staff will help you define your wishlist and then work with you to realize your bridal vision. If you’re in need of style ideas to get started, here are some tips on choosing a silhouette:
Fuller figure brides come in two categories: the apples and the pears.
Apple brides should opt for a ballgown style dress with an A-line cut. This will help tuck in the torso while adding volume to the lower half – evening out the proportions. Beware, however, of the evil spaghetti-straps and awkward fitting corsets. This can cause additional bumps and lumps that you really don’t want.
Pear shaped brides, on the other hand, have a bit more room to play with in terms of style compared to their apple counterparts. Pear shaped brides look stunning in an Empire waist dress, especially strapless ones! This adds that extra “oomph” to the top half while a fuller skirt can work with the curves you have in your lower half. Stay away from ballroom style dresses, though! Extra material, crinoline and hoops will just add volume to an area of extra curve and will make you appear bottom-heavy.
Thin brides can wear almost anything although if you’re too thin, halter style dresses (or even those with straps) can accentuate your collar bones and take attention away from the rest of you.
Finally, busty brides, regardless of their shape, should make sure that they choose a dress with enough support for a 12+ hour wedding day! If you find your dress is slipping off your bust in the change room of the bridal store, there’s no way you’ll get through an entire wedding without a wardrobe malfunction! Additional details at Ten 2 Ten Photography
At New York Bride & Groom of Raleigh, plus-size wedding dresses are big and beautiful. We are the premier bridal salon in the Triangle with a selection of designer wedding dresses that is unmatched in the region. Come browse our 17,000 sq.ft. modern luxury salon at your convenience (no appointment needed) and let our full staff of knowledgeable bridal consultants help you find the dress of your dreams.