Sunday, 26 May 2013

My big fat wedding dress.....

I've been asked quite a few times if I was going to write a post about my experience as a plus size bride. I don't think I have before because my size didn't have an effect on my experience really, I was very lucky in the fact when I went to the bridal shop there was a good selection of gowns for me to try and I found mine after trying on the 3rd one. No traipsing round lots of shops, no sense of disappointment, so I was extremely, extremely lucky. I know this isn't the case for a lot of brides, especially plus size brides.

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So today I thought I'd look at what's available on the web because let's face it, not only is it difficult to find a wedding dress, nowadays it's not practical or necessary if I'm honest to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a wedding dress. 



Mine came in at (after some alterations) around £400 which was WAY more than I had planned on spending, I swore I was going to spend £200 max, but I kind of fell in love with my dress and just sucked it up!



Ok, so first up is Simply Be. I cannot tell you how firstly gutted I was when they launched their range (because I would have been so happy to have a Simply Be dress) but overjoyed for all the other brides who could take advantage of it!



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The pretty petal detailing to the straps of this dress don't just make it beautiful but practical too, if you're particularly big busted and feel you need the support of a full bra on the day this is a really great option.

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This dress is so pretty and with all the buzz around The Great Gatsby it's great way have your very own Art Deco inspired wedding!



To view the full Simply Be range up to size 32 click here....




Next up I thought I'd look at American company Light in the Box. They have a brilliant range of bridal gowns up to a US size 26 (UK 30). Ordering from out of the country might be a little bit scary but I kind of figured for your perfect gown, it's worth taking the risk and you can always hire a seamstress to iron out any small fitting issues should you need too. 



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This one really caught my eye as its quite traditional but has some arm coverage, an area I know a lot of people regardless of size aren't particularly comfortable with. 


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I liked this light, less structured dress as I thought it might be a nice option for brides saying "I Do" abroad or in warmer climates. 



You can see Light in the Box's extensive range here....



Last up today, I found a sight called Wedding Dress Online Sale, I'd love to hear if anyone has used them before. They have a really big selection of dresses all of which up to a size 30, a lot of which are very traditional. I particularly like this one...


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The intricate bead and lace work is just stunning and the train at the back really gives it the wow factor. 



So I hope I've given you some options to look at that cover a wide size range. For those of you up to a size 22, the choice is much more vast with retailers such as Debenhams and BHS stocking a range of gowns. 

Another option of course is the traditional bridal shop and with more plus size specialists popping up on the high street, the options for plus size brides are getting better by the day. 

Heres just some of the options in the UK...


And for blog inspiration the lovely Em at Boombands Blog did a couple of great posts on plus size brides...


So there you go, I hope you might find some inspiration or ideas in today's post... and why the wedding post? Well it's mine and Mr BeBe's wedding anniversary at the end of this month, so I'm feeling all slushy, for which I will be writing another post about the actual day... so watch this space!





















13 comments:

  1. Brilliant post, I got married last year and my biggest fear was that I wouldn't find a dress to fit especially over my boobs! I went to Berketex and they were brilliant I tried 3 dresses on and the final one was the ONE. With a bit of research on the net you can find a good selection of plus size wedding dresses xx

    PS you looked beautiful x

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    1. Thanks Nikki, Berketx do have some lovely dresses. I forgot to look there for this post! So glad you found your dress! :) x x

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  2. What an absolutely brilliant post. I have always wondered if and when I ever get married what the hell I would wear. Your own wedding pic is beautiful xx

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    1. Thanks Vicky, I think things have improved massively, hopefully the chooses will get even better!

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  3. I got married last year and used a company I found through Facebook. The dress was stunning, but I wouldn't go through the stress again for anything - it only turned up 3 days before the wedding! :O Cue 1000 extra grey hairs.

    You looked beautiful! x x

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    1. Oh my goodness, 3 days? Scary stuff! So glad it arrived though! X x

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  4. I've been a bridesmaid twice and found dress shopping pretty humiliating if I'm honest. The first time was when I'd first started to put on weight, so was feeling particularly fragile and sensitive in that area, not helped by the fact the other two ladies were tiny. I was a 14 at the time and the assistant measured my bust only (always had big boobs even when I was skinny) and shouted across the shop that I'd need a 22, or 24 just to be safe. I was so upset, having never been in anything larger than a 14 (which the shop assistant balked at) and despite my view that you should buy whatever size fits, going up 5 sizes seemed very extreme!

    The 2nd time the other bridesmaid was around the same size as me, although a different shape and much shorter. Most of the dresses we had to try on unzipped, so it was difficult to get a good idea of how they would look. I was an 18/20 at this point and ended up in a 22 I think, as did the other bridesmaid. So a smaller size than when I was a 14! An extra fee had to be paid on these dresses because we were larger, which I was appalled at. Size 6's don't get clothes cheaper because there's less fabric in them, so why should dresses available in plus sizes come with a 'fat fee'??!!

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear about your experience, it's so saddening when things like this happening, and so bloody frustrating, and your point bout the size 6 is spot on. The overall costs measure out in the end, so why add extra charges on for bigger sizes! Grrrrrr.

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  5. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. I'm sure that helps out a lot of girls! You btw, look great. I think it's all about confidence and rocking the dress without thinking too much about it. Like you said, there are more styles to select from than you would think and you can always get them custom size to your measurements. Good luck with your marriage!

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    1. Ahh thank you, we've been going strong for four years now, so long may that last! Confidence is key, you are right there! Thanks for your comment! X

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  6. I’m wondering now if we can talk about your sites statistics – search volume, etc, I’m trying to sites I can buy adspace through – let me know if we can talk about pricing and whatnot. Cheers mate you’re doing a great job though.

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  7. What a wonderful of strapless wedding dresses, It looks so great and fashion elegant.

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  8. What a nice fashionable of strapless wedding dresses for women who is going to have w wedding party. And for its elegant fabric material i must be loved by them.

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