Plus Size Wedding Dresses: Dress Review

Spring has sprung among us fast! That means weddings are underway! Being a plus size bride can seem to be a challenge. Only because you’re making it that way. Finding a dress for any size woman is complicated. You are shopping for your WEDDING DRESS; it is not going to be easy. Your wedding dress carries so much sentimental value, so everyone searching for thee best dress for thee best day in their life finds it to be a challenge.

There is of course, the obstacle of wedding shops having limited amounts of plus size dresses available to try on. That is obviously a pain, and this is something that will be discussed more in depth in a later blog. But for now, I will review the following styles that are available at David’s Bridal.

I have had the opportunity to try on a few of their recently released and popular styles. People often look down on David’s Bridal dresses, I am assuming this is because they are economically priced and all over; however, David’s Bridal has exclusive brands and beautiful modern and couture style dresses.

Dress #1 I have never been a fan of trumpet style wedding dresses. Looking at the pictures, I’m sure you see why. It’s not just because trumpet style dresses are not very flattering on me, but because trumpets look more like a prom dress and suitable for a very fancy occasion rather than a wedding dress. This is only my opinion.

What is nice about this dress is that it is very flattering in the bust and waist. The sweet heart neckline sculpts the bust nicely, and the belt helps to break up the bust from the waist drawing negative attention away from the bust. Lace is often associated with grandma dresses; however, the lace on this gown is soft and subtle. Too many times we see plus sized ladies in thick satin dresses. Sometimes satin dresses are beautiful, but too many times on full figured women the satin dresses make the women look even thicker and adds bulkiness to the appearance. Lace dresses, such as this one, will not add any bulkiness to your appearance. This dress was also comfortable, which is important. ūüėČ

For those seeking a trumpet style dress and are busty, I highly suggest the skirt be full like this one. Better yet, a skirt fuller than this one is even better.

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Style # 9V3680

Dress #2 Princess Tiana would approve of this dress, especially if it was green. This is a true princess dress (ball gown). I definitely felt like one while I was in it. What I love about this dress is all that it contains. It has lace, organza, beautiful bead work, and layers of ruffles. The neckline is a slight sweet heart. Which draws positive attention to the bust. Because it is a slight sweet heart it minimizes the appearance of the bust. The skirt begins right above the hips. This creates and establishes curves, which draws the waist in. This style dress looks great on fuller busted women. Despite being heavy op top, the bottom containing a full skirt helps to balance it out. This style dress will also look great on women who are apple (barrel) shaped. The full skirt hides the slim hips and tummy.

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Style #8CWG568
Style #8CWG568
Style #8CWG568
Style #8CWG568
Style #8CWG568

This Oleg Cassini is beautiful with or without a sash. I love the soft touch of color added to a wedding gown. A sash is a great way to add personal touches and a way to make a dress your own. You can always do this by creating something of your own, buying one from the store, or maybe even using something borrowed or old from a special loved one.

Dress #3 What I love most about this wedding dress is that it is simple yet gorgeous! The beauty of it is the simplicity and dab of sparkle. Drop waist gowns have always been my favorite. You’re able to have a drop waist in many ways: simple, layers, ball gown, sparkly, etc. This gown has an asymmetrical skirt with a few pleats, very tasteful in style. The sash is added to it, which assist with breaking up the waist and bust. The neckline is subtle and sweet. Perfect gown for those who want to look fabulous, but not over the top. I highly recommend this style dress for pear shapes and hour glass figures.

Notice the two different sashes. One is chunky and the other is thin. Just like the ball gown, you can add many different types of sashes to this dress. That is one of the benefits to a simple dress.

I hope that this dress review of three different styles assist those of you searching for a dress. I suggest you try on the various styles so you’ll know which style looks best on you and which one you feel the most confident in.

I really miss helping ladies find their wedding dresses, but I am glad that I have the opportunity to share with you guys on my blog. If you have any questions or thoughts you would like to share please comment below.

Happy wedding dress shopping jewels!

Ball Gowns on Plus Size Women

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It’s the first of the year and many women are beginning to plan their weddings that are this year. Very very exciting! Everyone knows that the biggest thing about a wedding is THEE DRESS!!! It is so important to find the perfect dress. As someone that works in the bridal industry, I know what it means to find the right dress. You’ve found Mr. Right, now you have to find the right wedding gown.¬†The search can be very intense. Many women have no idea what they are looking for. Some women do. But, today its all about the gorgeous ball gowns.

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I have tried on wedding dresses before; however, today I was told to try on a ball gown. The store I was at, had just received a new ball gown in plus size. The minute I walked in the manager requested that someone of my stature try on this dress. I agreed to do it. I have always known that whenever I get married that I would get a ball gown dress. Trying on this dress confirmed it! I loved everything about the fit.(I would post a picture; however, this dress could be the one I go back for whenever my time comes, lol. So I don’t want everyone to see it.) Bottom line, this dress, even if it is not my wedding dress, has made me a fan of ball gowns.

plus_size_ball_gown_v_neck_court_train_satin_wedding_dress_with_beading_4111_1This style truly brings the waist in, making it appear to be small.

Many brides have told me that they do not want a ball gown because they want to show off their figure in a mermaid or trumpet dress. Ball gowns show off shape too. I am very busty, I have a proportionate waist, and proportionate hips. The ball gown dress made it seem as though I had an hourglass figure. Because of the size of my breast I naturally have a small waist. But my hips are not very wide. So with the ball gown on, my breast are nice and perky, lol, my waist looks AMAZING, and no one knows if I have wide hips or hips proportionate to my body. Talk about the perfect figure!

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On top of all of this, the ball gown dress that I tried on had ruffles. The layers of ruffles made the skirt very full. And boy, was the skirt fun to play with and twirl in. I do not see how anyone can pass up a fun dress, such as a ball gown, to wear something fitted to your body just to show off a figure. Why not have both? Now, I am not against mermaids, but I must say that more people need to give ball gowns a chance. EVERYONE these days are wearing mermaids. Think about it like this, “Do you honestly want to wear the same style dress as everyone else, on YOUR big day?” I know that ¬†I don’t want to, and no one should. Also, keep in mind that not everyone can wear a mermaid style dress, and like wise with ball gowns. You must find the style that suits your body shape. You want to look your best on your wedding day. Do not settle with looking okay; just because everyone else is wearing a certain style, does not mean it is for you.

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All in all, I think everyone should try on at least one ball gown on before deciding it is not the style for them. The cut of it, truly makes a woman look amazing, especially a full figured, curvy woman.

If you have questions about wedding dresses just leave a comment below.

Best wishes to those searching for THE RIGHT DRESS!

Wedding Dress Shopping: The Plus-Size Way

Spring is here and weddings are underway. When the time comes to look for your wedding dress there are so many options to choose from. With so many dresses, sometimes it is hard to pick a place to get started with the search. Everyone has heard of the traditional style A-LINE. It is truly a classic cut and no one can wrong with this style. A-line dresses look good on anyone, but it’s playing things too safe. There is nothing wrong with going for this style dress if this style is what you are comfortable with, but before going hard core on A-line dresses explore the other options suitable to your taste and body shape. Remember, if you walk in a bridal shop wanting one thing, but end up falling in love with a dress that is nothing like the dress you dreamed of it’s ok. Do not over think or talk yourself out of a dress just because it’s not the dress you created for yourself in your head.

I work in the bridal industry and my expertise is finding women the perfect dress for their BIG DAY. I have done this for years, and there are different kinds of brides out there. Some ladies come in knowing what they want, the price, the color, and all other detail. However, many other ladies have no clue what they are looking for and how much a wedding dress cost.

Whenever you decide you want to search and find your wedding dress know before hand your budget for the dress and all the accessories that go along with a wedding dress, such as shoes, veil(s), tiara, flower, comb, alterations, jewelry, undergarments (foundations) Рyou cannot wear the bra you wear to work or to a work party under your wedding gown, your special day requires special under pieces too- and anything else that goes on your body for that day. You may want just a budget for your gown(s) or if you are stopping at a one stop shop a budget for all of your needs.

Once your budget has been established think of a style that you can see yourself in on your wedding day, just to get something going when you arrive for your appointment at the bridal shop. If you have no idea ask your consultant to pull A-line dresses that are within your price range and that have the detail and material you are looking for. From there see if you like how full the skirt is and other features of the dress. Then, your consultant can help you find a dress that has what you liked and know what you disliked about the dress.

As a curvy or full figured bride there are certain styles that bring out your curvy figure to show off your silhouette in a beautiful way. Sometimes while we’re shopping we want what we see on the¬†manikin¬†on us, but everything that Zoe Saldana, Rachel McAdams, or Taylor Swift wears we all can’t. The beauty of this life is that we are all different. No one is like the other person, so never be¬†disappointed¬†when Taylor Swift looked better in a dress that you hated yourself in. You just have to keep looking for the one right for you. My top styles that I like to see curvy and full figured brides in are ball gowns, empire, drop waist, trumpet, and A-line. You are probably wondering why A-line? While A-line is a safe choice, it is also a classic cut that you can never go wrong with and some are just too beautiful not to consider. On the list of styles I did not include mermaid and sheath. I am also not a big fan of trumpet either for full figured women, but if it is the right dress the silhouette looks fabulous.

BALL GOWNS

Ball gowns are very flattering on the waist. They make the waist appear smaller, and if you have wide hips it will not draw attention to them.
Ball gowns are very flattering on the waist. They make the waist appear smaller, and if you have wide hips it will not draw attention to them.
On this ball gown the waist is brought a little further down on the dress. This cut is referred to as the "natural waistline". The natural waistlines shows off more of your waist and causes your torso to look longer and leaner.
On this ball gown the waist is brought a little further down on the dress. This cut is referred to as the “natural waistline”. The natural waistlines shows off more of your waist and causes your torso to look longer and leaner.

EMPIRE

On empire waist dresses the waist is higher up and under your breast. This dress is great to hide your waist if you are looking to do that because it is high up and flows down.
On empire waist dresses the waist is higher up and under your breast. This dress is great to hide your waist, if you are looking to do that, because it is high up and flows down.
This is an empire gown with sleeves. This empire dress is more fitted in the waist than the one above, but a feature that all empire dresses have is the attention it draws to your breast and away from the waist.
This is an empire gown with sleeves. This empire dress is more fitted in the waist than the one above, but a feature that all empire dresses have is the attention it draws to your chest and away from the waist.

DROP WAIST

Drop waist is a combination of two things: A-line and fit & flare. It shows of your waist beautifully and has a full skirt. What makes it different from a mermaid and trumpet dress is that it stops at your hips then flares out.
Drop waist is a combination of two things: A-line and fit & flare. It shows off your waist beautifully and has a full skirt. What makes it different from a mermaid and trumpet dress is that it stops at your hips then flares out.
Empire dresses are very romantic. They are fitted in the waist to show off your curves, but also remain traditional with a flared skirt.
Empire dresses are very romantic. They are fitted in the waist to show off your curves, but also remain traditional with a flared skirt.

TRUMPET

Trumpet dresses allow you to show off your hour-glass figure or pear shape. I do not recommend this style for busty women that do not have proportionate hips. This style dress is all about proportion
Trumpet dresses allow you to show off your hour-glass figure or pear shape. I do not recommend this style for busty women that do not have proportionate hips. This style dress is all about proportions. The sash on this dress brings in the waist more. Adding a sash to any style except empire (it will not look right and most likely clash with the jewelry already on the dress) makes the waist look even smaller.
This is a true trumpet dress. The dress is fitted all the way past the hips and flares out mid-thigh. The skirt looks like the horn of a trumpet. Compared to the one above there is a difference in the waist. Notice that this one does not have a sash and the difference the sash does for the waist on the one above.
This is a true trumpet dress. The dress is fitted all the way past the hips and flares out mid-thigh. The skirt looks like the horn of a trumpet. Compared to the one above there is a difference in the waist. Notice that this one does not have a sash and the difference the sash does for the waist on the one above.

A-LINE

A-line dresses are the go to dresses. You can tell a dress is A-line by the way it makes an "A" from the chest down.
A-line dresses are the go to dresses. You can tell a dress is A-line by the way it makes an “A” from the chest down.
This dress is an example of why even though A-line dresses are safe they are still sometimes the right choice. They are all over figure flattering. The difference between an A-line gown and a ball gown is the skirt on an A-line dress is not as full as the one on a ball gown.
This dress is an example of why even though A-line dresses are safe they are still sometimes the right choice. They are all over figure flattering. The difference between an A-line gown and a ball gown is the skirt on an A-line dress is not as full as the one on a ball gown.

These are my top style picks for curvy and full-figured brides. Always have an open mind to styles you never imagined, you never know you may end up with a trumpet even though you walked in thinking you would walk out the bridal shop with an empire. The possibilities and choices are endless at a bridal store. Pick a dress that you will not regret ten years down the line, and don’t pick one you think your daughter will wear twenty some years down the line. It’s your dress for the day that begins the best days of your life.

Have fun dress shopping Jewels!

Here are a few places to start your shopping that carry plus size gowns:

– David’s Bridal

– Alfred Angelo

– Impression Bridal

– Your local bridal shops and boutiques should have plus sizes dresses as well