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Wedding dress selection for Plus Size Brides made easy

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The average-sized woman has an ocean of choices in wedding dresses, but petite and plus-sized brides have fewer options. Most dresses are designed with the size 8 bride as the model. Fortunately, there are designers who create stunning wedding gowns in sizes up to 24.

You may even find a suitable dress in a collection that isn’t specifically for plus-sizes. All you need to do is look in the right places, and know what your options are. To get you on track, let us take a look at the various patterns that look great on plus-size brides.

Who is a plus-size bride?

The fashion industry places sizes above  size 12 in the plus-size category. Although this number may differ from country to country, the cut-off is somewhere close to this number.

It is good to remember that although you may be a plus-size bride, there are fabulous fashionable gowns that will match your wedding dress dreams, and you needn’t settle for what is available in the plus-size section alone.

Plus-size wedding shopping tips

We recommend that you call the bridal shop before you visit, and inform them that you want to look at gowns in bigger sizes. Although most salons stock gowns in most sizes, this will ensure that you have sufficient choices to try on, when you visit. If you have shortlisted any favorites, inform the bridal boutique so they can make arrangements to have it available when you drop in.

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Brides come in all sizes and shapes, and no two gowns are alike. Pay particular attention to your body proportions to choose a dress that suits you. If you are large-chested, a higher neckline or dresses with illusion necklines and/or sleeves would offer sufficient coverage. Similarly, a gown with a fitted waist and full skirt will balance out a large bust, and create an hourglass structure.

If you want the classic, elegant look, choose an A-line skirt or ball gown dress. The ball gown will camouflage your middle, if you are well endowed in that area. An empire waist gown which cleverly elevates your waist, or a dress which gathers on one side are other good options. These patterns are slimming and can add the illusion of few extra inches. Cap sleeve gowns look sexy on full figures, and are classic and stylish.

Another must-try dresses are those with corset backs. These draw out your curves beautifully, allowing you to show off your best features.

Trust your bridal consultant when she recommends silhouettes other than what you have in mind. Being in the business for a long time, she knows how a dress will look on your frame. So, don’t write off her suggestion for a dress that doesn’t look attractive on the hanger. Try it out, and you may be pleasantly surprised with the result.

One word of advice, don’t try to hide your ample curves beneath a mass of fabric. Find a dress that allows you to flaunt them; you will feel gorgeous and everyone will agree that you look great. Weddings are all about feeling fantastic, and the best way to do it is by being yourself!

Best for Bride has plenty of fantastic wedding dress choices, and you are bound to find one that suits you. Visit us online, or drop in at our store to find the wedding dress of your dreams.

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Arriving in Style: How to Make the Perfect Entrance to Your Wedding

For many brides, their wedding day is the best (and busiest) day of their lives. With schedules to stick to, guests to organise and the added pressure of looking beautiful it’s not surprising that certain aspects take a ‘back seat’. According to a survey on Canadian wedding trends, transportation to the wedding is one of the lowest costs averaging at around $570 – behind DJ’s/musicians for the reception, flowers and less than half of the cost of the wedding gown and bands.

But when you think about it, getting to the wedding on time is really one of the most important things about the day. And finding the balance between reliable, affordable, practical transport and a unique, memorable method of arriving in style is a challenge for any bride. Here are some transportation ideas for your big day.

Bridal Dresses by Sophia Tolli
Bridal Dress by Sophia Tolli

Air Travel

What could be more glamorous than arriving at your wedding in your very own chartered helicopter or hot air balloon? This would be especially impressive if you were having an outdoor wedding and your guests could watch you descend from the skies. It might sound like something reserved typically for the rich and famous, but it’s not as unusual or as expensive as you may think. Many wedding venues have permission for aircrafts to land within their grounds and with typical helicopters seating up to six people you can take your bridesmaids along for the ride.

What could be more romantic than you and your new husband exiting your wedding in a hot air balloon, toasting your marriage as you sail through the skies?

Tip: Local air travel laws can apply when travelling by air and there will be restrictions about landing as you will need a certain amount of open space to land safely. Check this thoroughly with your wedding venue and charter company before booking.

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Alfred Angelo Disney Bridal Dress

Horse and Carriage

Arrive at your wedding in true fairytale fashion by opting for this classy, traditional mode of transport. At typical prices running between $500-1000 depending on the type of carriage, distance and length of service, a horse and carriage is certainly within the ‘average’ remit for transportation prices and offers a certain charm to the day. The only down side is that they can be very weather dependent unless you opt for a carriage with an extendable roof.

Tip: If you like the idea of a horse and carriage but would prefer something a little different and contemporary then there are a range of customised carriages in a variety of colours and styles – including replicas of the infamous Cinderella ball carriage. A cheaper and quirkier version of the horse and carriage (becoming increasingly popular with metropolitan weddings) is a pedicab – picture a bicycle where the horse would usually be! Or, alternatively, ditch the carriage and arrive on a finely dressed white horse – a popular mode of transport for Hindu weddings. If you plan to do this then be sure to get acquainted with the saddle in the weeks before your wedding.

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Bridesmaids Gown by Mori Lee

Car or Motorcycle

Arriving by car is still the most common and convenient way to make your arrival. Whilst the popularity of vintage, classic wedding cars such as the Rolls Royce Phantom and Bentley S2 remains high, many couples are now thinking outside of the box when it comes to picking their cars. The key is to pair your vehicle with the theme of the wedding – for a traditional, white wedding then you may still opt for a classic car or perhaps something chic and elegant like an stretch limo, but if you’re wedding is a quirkier affair then your car should reflect this. Many people now use vintage vehicles of another variety – think old VW beetles and even retro campervans. If you want to add a touch of style to the day then why not opt for a super sports car like a Lamborghini Gallardo – there’ll be no excuse for being late in one of those.

If you’re feeling brave then opt for a motorcycle arrival – the same rules apply when choosing the type of bike that you’d like to arrive on. If your dress is a reasonable size then you could even squeeze into a sidecar. Just watch the helmet on newly styled hair.

Tip: If you plan to hire a car then you should decide whether or not you’d like to also hire a driver or if someone in your wedding party will drive. If this is the case then you’ll need to ensure that any liability/insurance issues are covered upon hiring the vehicles.

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Alfred Angelo Disney Bridesmaid Dress

By Boat

With more and more couples opting for a beach wedding in exotic locales, it would be a shame not to make the most of the stunning scenery by arriving on a high powered speedboat or luxurious yacht. Many stately wedding venues also include some sort of lake so a gondola or old fashioned rowing boat would also add an elegant, romantic effect.

Tip: If you’re someone who suffers from seasickness then arriving by boat (particularly on the ocean) might not combine well with your pre-wedding jitters. As a rule, speedboats tend to go too fast for you to notice the motion of the ocean too much but with that speed comes the inevitable damage to make up and up-do’s.

Party Bus

Why not start the celebration early by inviting up to 60 of you guests to travel with you to the venue on a party bus. These buses complete with disco lights, music and bars, have been popular since 2007 and are undoubtedly the best way to hold a mobile celebration. They have high ceilings, seating and a bathroom on board so there’ll be no worrying about the ladies crumpling their dresses.

Tip: If you plan to enjoy a few celebratory glasses of champagne on board then check that the bus company you hire from are licensed with the local authority to ensure that you receive the best quality service.

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The Importance of Wedding Dress Preservation

Your wedding dress serves as a reminder for that special day, the day of your dreams. Brides spend a lot of time and money finding their perfect wedding dress for the perfect wedding, so seeing the wedding dress will cause those happy memories to come flooding back. Many wedding gowns get left in a plastic cover at the back of the cupboard or in the loft after the special day with every intention of one day getting it cleaned and preserved. Leaving your wedding dress in its plastic cover will not only cause oxidation of any stains, it could also cause plastic fuming which can discolour the material even more than the yellowish colour that came with age.

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Wedding dresses reflect the bride’s personality and in many cases, you won’t find one like it. Custom tailoring is applied to most dresses and many will personalise it by adding flowers and other patterns to make it their own. Many brides will want to keep their wedding dress either as a token of remembrance to their special day, or to give to their children or grandchildren as a family heirloom so that they can wear it on their own special day. In any case the dress should be properly preserved to ensure that the money spent on the dress doesn’t go to waste, after all many brides will only wear their dress on one day, leaving the dress to get old and discoloured over the many years of their marriage.

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The biggest mistake that many brides make is leaving their dress in the cupboard or loft for weeks, months and even years after the wedding. They usually have every intention to get it cleaned at some point, but that thought is usually put to the back of their mind and forgotten about, unaware of the problems this can cause. Perspiration, body oils, sugar stains and many more can cause bad stains when left on the dress for a long period of time as the stains start to oxidise and discolour the dress. Even invisible stains can cause massive problems if left for too long, darkening the material with age to a brown colour. It is recommended that you get the dress cleaned and preserved within six weeks of the wedding to ensure that the risk of permanent stains is lowered. Treatment can be applied to the dress to remove stains and many wedding dress preservation services will often try their hardest to remove the toughest stains, although they cannot always succeed if the stains have been left for too long. Sunlight is also a huge problem for wedding dresses, as the UV rays can turn yellow over time, but this is not too much of a problem because it can take years for this to happen.

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Once you have had your dress properly cleaned and preserved you should consider properly storing it at home. Your dress should be wrapped in acid free paper and stored in a box to ensure that further yellowing and acid breakdown does not occur. It should never be kept in the plastic garment bag that it came with as this can allow sunlight to penetrate the fabrics and it can also expose the dress to plastic fumes, causing further discolouration. You should store the box under your bed, or in a closet free from sunlight and moisture to ensure that the dress keeps and you can show it to your future generations and possibly even hand it down.

This post was written by Brad Warmbold, on behalf of Carlton Cleaners – providing wedding dress preservation services to Greater Manchester.

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Color Me Beautiful – Choosing your Wedding Dress Color

For some brides to be choosing their wedding dress is by far the most important aspect of planning their wedding. For a handful it could even be a more important decision than choosing the right partner! Choosing a dress to walk down the aisle can be a daunting task, particularly if you have no pre-conceived ideas about what you want. Even if you do know what you want, finding the wedding dress that meets the image in your mind’s eye that you have held for decades can seem like a never ending search and can even end in disappointment if your dream dress just doesn’t look right on you.

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Worse still, for blushing brides who just don’t want to conform to the idea of a traditional white wedding, the task of finding the perfect dress can seem even more impossible. However, help is at hand and fortunately there is a lot more leeway these days when it comes to bridal fashions. Furthermore there is a lot more choice and professionals are on hand to help you source exactly what you require for your big day, particularly when it comes to fashions for brides, bridesmaids and mothers alike.

White dresses are a tradition set by Queen Victoria who wore one at her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840. Since then it has become a common theme in European weddings as brides subsequently wanted to adopt the fashion set by the then Queen. Initially wearing white was also a sign of significant wealth as laundering techniques of the era weren’t what they are today and as a result wearing white indicated a certain social standing.

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With this in mind modern brides looking for an alternative to so called ‘traditional’ white may be more encouraged as wearing white is not actually a symbol of purity and virginity as many often think. It may even mean that more prospective brides look to utilize different colors in their wedding dress than they previously might have done. Here’s a few things to consider:

Know what suits you

Having an idea of what suits you and an image of your dream dress can be two wildly different things. When it comes to wedding dress shopping don’t lose sight of what suits your individual style and shape. More importantly don’t try and become something you’re not just for your wedding day as invariably you will end up feeling uncomfortable and find it hard to enjoy the occasion. The same applies to the color of your dress so if you know that white won’t suit you don’t try to make it fit – opt for something more flattering rather than going with what you think is expected of you.

Talk to professionals

When it comes to weddings it pays to talk to professionals and get as many ideas as possible before making any rash decisions. A professional will know what is both fashionable and seasonal and therefore can guide you with what works and could work for you. When it comes to choosing a wedding dress color they can help you find something that is suitably special and yet flattering for your skin tone and at the same time exceeds your expectations. Don’t feel you have to find everything on your own and end up floundering – getting the opinion of a professional can be invaluable.

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Getting covered

Ensuring that you have adequate protection in place in the form of wedding insurance is not just recommended for eventualities like ill health or venue cancellation but is also important to protect assets associated with your wedding. Your wedding dress is one such asset and as such should be covered in your wedding policy to ensure it is safe in the lead up to your wedding day and for its duration.

In any event wherever you purchase your wedding dress from should be able to advise you about different options available for insurance. This is particularly important if you choose to opt for a bespoke, handmade wedding dress rather than one off the peg.

Being happy with your choice

Your wedding is a day to remember for the rest of your life so what is most important is being happy with the choices you make for your wedding and choosing things to please yourself and not others. If you desire to step outside the norm and opt for a different style or color of wedding dress then that is your wish and your loved ones must respect that fact. Making informed and confident choices about how your day should be will stand you in good stead for your future happiness.