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3 Major Undergarment Don’ts for Plus-Size Brides

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Oct 212015
 
Plus Size Undergarments Dos and Donts

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You are in the process of picking out your dress for the big day, and someone tells you that you need to look for your undergarments too. Most people don't realize that what you're wearing underneath is just as important as your dress. In fact, it's your base layer that pulls your whole outfit together. Think about it: If something is going awry underneath, whether it's a thick lining, wrong bra for a backless gown, or doesn't give you enough support, your dress can end up looking like a mess. Here, major don'ts when it comes to picking out the right bra, underwear and shapewear for your big day.

Buying Something That's Not Supportive
The whole point of undergarments is to give support. So if you go with something that doesn't give adequate support, there's no reason to be wearing it at all! Opt for undergarments that are functional but more importantly comfortable. Remember: you will have to wear it throughout your whole ceremony and reception!

See More: Plus-Size Wedding Dress Trends From Fall 2015 Bridal Runways

Choosing Cotton
Cotton is a very clingy material that isn't very supportive. It also tends to bunch a lot, which won't look good underneath a gown made of a lightweight, form-fitting fabric. Opt for pieces that are made of a lightweight nylon or Lycra that will support and give you the give you need to bust a move all night long.

Pieces That Don't Fit
Plus-size brides tend to go for a smaller size in undergarments because they think that a smaller size will give more support. That couldn't be further from the truth! Not only will you be in pain, you won't enjoy yourself and you won't look your best either. So find pieces that fit you well and don't be afraid to get fitted to ensure you know your exact size.

Jun 032015
 
Intimate Wisconsin Wedding, Paper Antler - Wedding Dress and Blue Shoes

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Shopping for a plus-size wedding dress is a bit trickier than the average gown shopping trip. And most plus-size brides might not know the key tricks for finding the dress of their dreams! To help us unveil the mystery behind dress shopping, Lori Conley, senior buyer at David's Bridal, tells you what every plus-size bride needs to know.

Not all salons stock bigger-size samples.
Although most boutiques and national chains sell up to a size 26, the largest sample many keep in the store is a size 10. If you don't want to find yourself holding one in front of you and imagining how it would look on, call ahead to your local salon to make sure it has plus-size samples in the style and designer you like or, if not, whether it can get some in before your appointment.

See more: Things to Remember When You Go Wedding-Dress Shopping

Plus-size designs may fit you better.
Many labels just expand the measurements of small gowns to size them up, but since real bodies don't work that way, the fit can be way off. Fortunately, more top designers, from Pnina Tornai to David's Bridal, now offer plus-size styles cut with your body in mind. Ask your salon's salesperson about them.

You can add figure-flattering details to most gowns.
A waist-cinching bustier creates an hourglass shape; ruching — especially diagonal ruching &mdaah; is shape-smoothing magic; and modesty panels can eliminate cleavage without sacrificing one iota of chic. Most gowns can be altered to include these elements for $50 to $100 each.

Want more genius planning tips? For the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES June/July 2015 issue, on newsstands now and available for download here!

3 Things Every Plus-Size Bride Should Know About Wedding-Dress Alterations

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May 152015
 
Curvy Brides Alterations TipsPhoto: Courtesy of TLC

For the past few weeks, we have featured plus-size wedding style tips from Yukia Walker and Yuneisia Harris, sisters and owners of Curvaceous Couture, and stars of the new TLC reality show Curvy Brides. Pioneers in their field, Yukia and Yuneisia's shop is the first of its kind, specializing in plus-size bridal. For their last installment, they share useful tips for making the most out of your wedding dress alterations.

Always, always leave a good amount of room in your budget for alterations.
You should always have a minimum of $500 to $600 dollars in your budget for alterations. Also know that when you're shopping for your wedding dress, and you want to add something to a part of your body that you're really insecure about, bring it up to your consultant. You can always raise a neckline or add a sleeve.

Come prepared.
Make sure you show up to to your appointment in the undergarments and shoes you'll be wearing on your wedding day — changing your bra last minute can completely change the fit of your dress.

Decide on any customization you'd like from the get-go.
If you want something special added it's always best to order the extra materials when you buy your dress. If you come back weeks later and want to add that same fabric it could come form different place and the color could be off. Also, ordering extra fabric takes just as long as ordering your dress because they often come from overseas, so make sure you do it all when you order your gown, not any later.

For more from Yukia and Yuneisia, be sure to tune into Curvy Brides at 9:30/8:30C on TLC tonight!

The Stars of TLC’s New Reality Show Curvy Brides on 4 Things Every Plus-Size MOB Should Know

 Moms, Mother of the Bride, Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses, Plus-Size Style  Comments Off on The Stars of TLC’s New Reality Show Curvy Brides on 4 Things Every Plus-Size MOB Should Know
May 082015
 
Curvy Brides Mother of the Bride Tips

Photo: Courtesy of TLC

Each week we'll be featuring plus-size wedding style tips from Yukia Walker and Yuneisia Harris, sisters and owners of Curvaceous Couture, and stars of the new TLC reality show Curvy Brides. Pioneers in their field, Yukia and Yuneisia's shop is the first of its kind, specializing in plus-size bridal. Here, they offer up useful tips for plus-size mother of the bride (and grooms) trying to find a great dress for their daughter's big day.

It's ok to go for color.
"Mothers are recognized as the most important person in the wedding next to the bride whether she's on the groom or bride's side, which means it's her show too," the sister explained. "Back in the day mothers would keep it neutral with blush and beige. Not it's ok to choose a color, just make sure it compliments the bridal party and bride!"

Don't be afraid of structure.
"A lot of mother of the bride dresses don't have structure. It's never a bad idea to build structure with undergarments or alterations. Take in certain areas, too. A lot of work goes into mother of the bride dresses, but it's worth it!"

Make sure to give yourself enough time to get the dress.
"Mothers can put off getting their dress and wait until the last minute because they're busy helping the bride and bridesmaids get organized," the sisters explained. "But moms need just as much time to order the right dress ! Give yourself five to six months.When it comes down to curves and dresses you're going to have to get it altered so you also want to allow a good timeframe to do that."

Remember: there are no set rules!
"Get what you're comfortable in. There are no rules to being a mother of the bride anymore it's about wearing what you feel comfortable and beautiful in — if you want to wear a short dress than you should wear a short dress!"

For more from Yukia and Yuneisia, be sure to tune into Curvy Brides at 9:30/8:30C on TLC tonight!

The Stars of TLC’s New Reality Show Curvy Brides on 5 Things Every Plus-Size Bride Should Know

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May 012015
 
Curvy Brides Yukia Walker and Yuneisa Harris

Photo: Courtesy of TLC

Each week we'll be featuring plus-size wedding style tips from Yukia Walker and Yuneisia Harris, sisters and owners of Curvaceous Couture, and stars of the new TLC reality show Curvy Brides. Pioneers in their field, Yukia and Yuneisia's shop is the first of its kind, specializing in plus-size bridal. Here, they offer up useful tips for plus-size brides trying to find their dream wedding dress.

Scour social media
For any bride, figuring out where to begin your wedding dress hunt can be a struggle — especially if you want to find a shop that carries your size. Yukia and Yuneisia's suggestion? Use social media to find a boutique that's right for you. "With a lot of mom and pop boutiques and family-run businesses, googling doesn't always bring you to an actual boutique that carries plus sizes," the sisters advised. "Searching social media should help out and a ton designers' websites indicate whether they carry plus sizes."

Stay positive
Once you do find a store that's right for you and decide to visit, be sure to bring a positive attitude. "You should have a great attitude and be open and ready to try on certain gowns and shapes and materials," Yukia and Yuneisia said. "Honestly be realistic — even someone whose a size 2 wouldn't fit into a dress perfectly on her first try."

Go outside of our comfort zone
Sure, you might have an idea of your dream dress, but you never know which one will be the one. "Come inspired, look around, bring magazines take the time to look at styles you like, and be willing to try on anything," the sisters recommended.

Find the right fabric
While no one silhouette is the best — all bodies are different after all! — the sisters say plus-size brides will often be happier with a more sturdy fabric. "The fabrics that work, like satin, taffeta, and tulle, have good structure and strength and really do shape out the body," they said. "The stronger the fabric the better."

Know your budget
The absolutely, most important tip they have for any bride is to come to your appointment prepared with a major alterations budget. "Make sure keep to have a good alterations budget at hand," the sisters said. "The right alteration and fit will do amazing things for your body. Doing alterations is difficult, and it can be costly, so make sure you figure that before you go shopping."

For more from Yukia and Yuneisia, be sure to tune into the premiere of Curvy Brides at 9:30/8:30C on TLC tonight!

White-Hot Rehearsal Dinner Dresses for Plus-Size Brides

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Apr 302015
 
White Plus Size Rehearsal Dinner Dresses

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Typically a bride's rehearsal dinner dress is totally different from her wedding dress. Enter the little white dress. But there are so many different styles to the LWD: You can go short or long, flowy or body hugging, it's all about your style. Here are a few options for you that will flatter any body type, but would look especially amazing on curvier brides-to-be.

1.The fit-and-flare style is always an ideal style for a plus-size bride-to-be. It hugs in all of the right places. Embellished Dress With Angel Sleeve, $45, ASOS.

2. This dress has perfect amount of support and coverage with it's cap sleeves but yet just the right amount of sexy with the keyhole cutout in the back. Lace Print Skater Dress, $58, Torrid.

3. Embellishments are always a great way to draw the eye up from other areas you might not want them to be. And this dress flows for days, so that's an added bonus for a fuller-figured body shape. Swing Dress, $50, ASOS.

See more: The Trick to Finding the Perfect Plus-Size Wedding Dress

4. This elegant chiffon gown features a ruched waistline so it accentuates the bodice. Plus, it's floor length so it's a great option for brides who want more coverage. "Julie" Silk Chiffon Long Dress, $149, Donna Morgan available at Nordstrom.

5. This design's pleated details bring the eye up and takes it away from other areas. And the waistline is great, too, because it is full and hides so much. Short Cotton Sateen Dress, starting at $59.99, David's Bridal.

Pretty Pear Bride is the world's only magazine for plus-size brides. As a certified wedding and event planner and a gal with a serious love of all-things weddings (and a former bride herself), Shafonne understands the unique challenges curvy brides face.

3 Things That Should Be in Your Pre-Wedding Party Wardrobe

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Mar 192015
 
Figure Flattering Plus Size Style Tips For Bridal Shower Mindy Kaling

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Your bridal shower is one of the milestone moments where you'll have the realization, "OMG! I'm getting married!" But the shower, along with your other pre-wedding parties, are also a great opportunity to flaunt your personal style! Here, Shafonne Myers, owner and CEO of Pretty Pear Bride, shares three figure-flattering style tips for brides to help you look your best at your big-day party.

Belts
Wear a belt below your bust with a dress or over a cardigan to instantly make you appear taller. Thin belts will also help slim your waistline. Try wearing one in a complementing color to make it pop.

Heels
A pair of heels can totally transform a a look. They will elongate your legs, which in turn will make you look taller and stretch your midsection out. And if you don't feel comfortable wearing stilettos all night, choose a mid-level heel or even a wedge. Both of these will give you the look of a heel without the foot pain.

See more: Cool Trends Plus-Size Brides Will Love

Blazer
Most blazers will flatter any and all body shapes and sizes, but get it tailored to make sure it's the perfect fit. Opt for it in a size that's just a tad bigger and get it sized down. And just as with other accessories, a blazer is meant to enhance your look so don't be afraid to play with different colors or fabrics. (We're obsessed with Mindy Kaling's gold number above!)

Pretty Pear Bride is the world's only magazine for plus-size brides. As a certified wedding and event planner and a gal with a serious love of all-things weddings (and a former bride herself), Shafonne understands the unique challenges curvy brides face.

Honeymoon Help: These 3 Tips Will Make Shopping for Plus-Size Swimwear So Much Easier

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Mar 052015
 
Tips For Shopping For Plus-Size Honeymoon Swimwear

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Shafonne Myers, owner and CEO of Pretty Pear Bride, the world's only magazine for plus-size brides, knows a thing or two about fashion and weddings. As a certified wedding and event planner and a gal with a serious love of all-things weddings (and a former bride herself), Shafonne understands the unique challenges plus-size brides face.

The honeymoon essential every bride-to-be needs to buy before jetting off on her post-wedding getaway? A bathing suit, of course! Here, three swimwear-shopping tips to help you feel amazing while sitting poolside with your husband as a plus-size newlywed.

Embrace color and prints
Forget the staid black swimsuit! Don't be afraid in incorporate color, designs and textures. Branch out and try some bold, fun patterns. Plus, patterns keep the eye moving — so people don't focus on one particular area but rather focus on the whole body.

See more: The Trick to Finding the Perfect Plus-Size Wedding Dress

Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
Yes, most curvy women gravitate toward one-piece suits but there are so many more options. Try bikinis. (Yes, bikinis! Just check out how killer plus-size model Ashley Graham looks in her red hot two-piece, above!) If you opt for a high waist bottom it will give you a bit more coverage and support. If you like one-pieces, try ones with mesh over the bust area. This is a great way to show off some skin without exposing everything. Cutouts below the bust are also a sexy (and flattering) way to explore different styles.

Look for Support
Support is always key for larger bathing suits. A well-constructed bathing suit can make any woman look amazing. Look for underwire, plus chest support and mid-section control. Often times women don't have the same size on the top as the bottom, so buying pieces that are sold separately is a smart way to make sure that your bust and bottom area are both adequately supported.

3 Things You Can’t Forget While Shopping for Plus-Size Bridal Lingerie

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Feb 122015
 
Shopping For Plus Size Lingerie Tips

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Shafonne Myers, owner and CEO of Pretty Pear Bride, the world's only magazine for plus-size brides, knows a thing or two about fashion and weddings. As a certified wedding and event planner and a gal with a serious love of all-things weddings (and a former bride herself), Shafonne understands the unique challenges plus-size brides face.

Shopping for plus-size lingerie can be tough since not all stores carry bigger sizes. And those that do, often have a limited selection. So what's a curvy bride-to-be to do when looking for that sexy wedding-night look? Just remember these three tips to make the process a little less stressful — and a lot more fun.

Remember it's all about the perfect fit.
Size is everything when dealing with lingerie. Some think that going with a smaller size will make them look slimmer, but that's not true. Instead, choosing a the right size will not only flatter you more, but it will also be way more comfortable. The right size should highlight your best assets and hide the negative.

See more: Strapless Plus-Size Wedding Dresses

Embrace color.
Don't be afraid to incorporate a fun pop of color. If you're looking for something to show your sexy side, add some shades of red. Want to show off the softer side? Think pastels. You don't have to wear all black.

Be confident.
Lingerie is meant to make you feel and look sexy and it's hard to do that when you aren't feeling confident. Don't be afraid of your curves and hide behind them — embrace them!

The Plus-Size Wedding Blogger Behind Pretty Pear Bride’s Top Tips to Mastering a Bridal Boudoir Shoot

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Jan 292015
 

Shafonne Myers, owner and CEO of Pretty Pear Bride, the world's only magazine for plus-size brides, knows a thing or two about fashion and weddings. As a certified wedding and event planner and a gal with a serious love of all-things weddings (and a former bride herself), Shafonne understands the unique challenges plus-size brides face.

Boudoir shoots can be very daunting for women, including plus-size brides. While the thought of being photographed in, ahem, very little clothing can be down right frightening, it doesn't have to be! Here are a few tips on how to master a bridal boudoir shoot as a plus-size bride. (We promise your fiancé will love it!)

1. Embrace Your Body
Your partner is marrying you for you — that means he loves every single curve, dimple and imperfection. As your striking a pose, it's important to remember that. Confidence is sexy, so the more you embrace your body, the hotter your pictures will be.

2. Be Comfortable
Find a photographer that puts you at ease. Look for a professional who has experience shooting curvy women so you can ensure he or she knows which angles and poses work best for plus-size brides. Also make sure that you are comfortable with the location and wardrobe. (In most cases you will bring along your own wardrobe.)

See more: Shopping for a Plus-Size Wedding Dress? Here's How to Get Started

3. Don't Be Afraid of the Camera
Let's face it: Unless you're Jennifer Lopez or Kim Kardashian, you're not used to having your picture taken professionally. But instead of being on big ball of nerves at your shoot, try to have fun and trust that your photographer knows what he or she is doing. After all, you get to choose which photos you keep (and which ones you toss), so it's okay to try different looks.

Would you do a bridal boudoir shoot? Let us know by tweeting us @BRIDES!

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