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Plus Size Wedding Dresses Archives - New Orleans Weddings - Reception, Venue & Planning
Jun 032015
 
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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
 
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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!

3 Things Every Plus-Size Bride Should Do Before Wedding-Dress Shopping

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Feb 202015
 
Plus Size Wedding Dress Shopping 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 a wedding dress is one of the most exciting — but also toughest — parts of wedding planning. And it can be an even more daunting task for a plus-size bride. To ensure your search is fun and not stressful, make sure you do these three simple things first.

1. Research
You may know exactly what you want your dream dress to look like, but do you know where to find it? That's why it's important to do your research. Look for shops that specifically cater to plus-size brides to ensure they have sample dresses in your size. And if they don't carry bridal gowns for curvy brides, find out what sizes they do offer.

See more: 3 Things to Know Before You Get Your Wedding Dress Fitted

2. Call Ahead
It's a great idea to call any shop that you are considering ahead of time. This way you can confirm which designers and sizes they carry. (There website may be out of date!) After all, wouldn't you rather waste a few minutes calling ahead instead of driving a few hours only to find out they don't have what you want?

3. Make an Appointment
Making an appointment at a shop not only ensures samples are pulled in your size and style, but it's also the most time efficient. This way you can spend your time asking questions, trying on different dresses and working with the bridal consultant instead of waiting for them to pull samples. This guarantees that you have adequate help and attention.

Shopping for a Plus-Size Wedding Dress? Here’s How to Get Started

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Jan 152015
 

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.

Wedding-dress shopping is a tough task for any bride, but it can be particularly stressful for plus-size brides. Here, some tips to help you navigate the process happily (and easily).

1. Look for Yourself in Bridal Imagery
Let's face it: Most women — no matter their size — don't look like models. But it makes wedding-dress shopping a lot easier, if you seek out photos of brides that look like you. That way, you can see exactly how the dress you're considering looks on a woman your size.

See more: The Biggest Myths About Plus-Size Wedding Dress Shopping

2. Find "The One" You Truly Love
Some brides try on two or three dresses before they find the look they love, while other ladies try on dozens (upon dozens) before finding "the one." As a plus-size bride, you may find yourself vetoing dresses before you even put them on. Dresses — especially wedding dresses — look totally different on the hanger than they do a person. So, don't assume a design won't look good on before you give it a test drive. Plus, don't be afraid to ask the bridal salon consultant if dresses come in any other sizes. You'd be surprised to find out how many designers offer looks in a range of sizes.

3. Don't Conform
Yes, typically A-line and fit-and-flare dresses are the most flattering silhouettes for curvier girls, but that doesn't mean you have to wear one of those styles! While wedding-dress shopping, you should experiment and try on different types of cuts. Just remember to have fun — you never know what will end up looking best on your body!

The Trick to Finding the Perfect Plus-Size Wedding Dress

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Dec 112014
 

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 of shopping for a plus-size wedding dress.

Every bride wants to find a wedding dress that's perfect for their body type. And one key element to finding a flattering dress is the fabric. As a plus-size bride, this is very important because different fabrics hug your body differently. Here, three things curvier brides-to-be should remember when searching for the right fabric.

Go with the flow.
Plus-size women should consider choosing a wedding dress that's made of fabrics that flow. Think: chiffon and certain types of silks. These types of fabrics allow your dress to move with you, but at the same time it also accentuates your curves.

Stay sturdy.
Look for thicker fabrics since it will smooth out any imperfections. Sturdier materials like taffeta and heavier silks have the ability to conceal and hang on your body just the right way, which creates a streamlined silhouette.

See more: Real Brides Reveal Their Best Plus-Size Wedding Dress Shopping Tips

Quality is key.
One of the most important things to consider when looking for a plus-size wedding dress is the quality of the fabric. Though it may be more expensive, quality fabrics will give your wedding dress a better construction, which will then give you a flattering and stylish structured gown.

Cool Trends Plus-Size Brides Will Love

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Dec 042014
 
Plus Size Wedding Trends

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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 of shopping for a plus-size wedding dress.

There are tons of wedding-day trends happening right now, but here are three looks that look even better on plus-size brides.

Sexier Silhouettes
Plus-size and curvy brides fill out form fitting dresses so well. Their body shape truly brings a form fitting dress to life by it hugging all their curves in the right places. Amazing undergarments are essential when it comes to trying this trend. Undergarments allow your dress to flaunt (and hide) all the right places in a smooth and flattering way.

Jumpsuits
Follow Solange Knowles's lead and rock a one-piece look on your big day. Brides are always looking for a chic alternative to a wedding dress and this is definitely a great option for curvier girls searching for a unique look.

See more: Real Brides Reveal Their Best Plus-Size Wedding Dress Shopping Tips

Colorful Wedding Dresses
Adding color, in any way, is becoming an increasing popular wedding trend. We have seen the immersion of pinks, blushes, reds, greens, purples, and even blacks for wedding dresses. As a plus-size bride don't be afraid to introduce an unexpected hue on your big day with your wedding dress, accessories, or even shoes.

Style Tips Every Plus-Size Winter Bride Should Know

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Nov 202014
 

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 of shopping for a plus-size wedding dress.

Some brides prefer to marry in the spring or summer, and others dream of tying the knot in the fall or winter. While we love winter weddings (the snow! the holidays! the romance!), it can be tough to find a dress fit for a cold-weather wedding — you'll want to stay warm without sacrificing style. And that task can be even tougher for plus-size brides. Here, a few things to consider if you're a curvier girl shopping for a winter bridal look.

Remember: Sleeves Are Sexy
Well we all can thank Kate Middleton for this one. Follow the Duchess's lead by rocking a long-sleeved wedding dress. Whether you want a cap sleeve or a full-length sleeve, the more covered up look is crazy stylish (and warm!).

See more: Find the Perfect Plus-Size Wedding Dress in 3 Simple Steps

Throw on a Shawl, Cape, or Bolero
Cover-ups (from moto coats to cool capes) were all over the Fall 2015 runways. Any type of topper would be an optimal choice for a plus-size winter bride for warmth and for modesty concerns.

Think About Fabrics and Textures
If you're marrying in the summer, it may be too hot to wear a big Duchess-satin ball gown with a tulle overskirt — but winter brides don't have that problem! Plus-size girls can experiment with different fabrics, embellishments, and textures without worrying about breaking a sweat down the aisle.

Find the Perfect Plus-Size Wedding Dress in 3 Simple Steps

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Nov 132014
 
Tips for Finding the Perfect Plus-Size Wedding Dress

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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 of shopping for a plus-size wedding dress. Here, Shafonne shares her top tips for finding the perfect plus-size wedding dress.

Many brides say buying their wedding dress is the moment that they officially felt like a bride, but for plus-size and curvy engaged girls it can bring on another feeling: It can be a frustrating experience to go to a store that doesn't carry your size or has a very limited selection of plus-size gowns. To make sure your wedding-dress shopping is a one you remember for all of the right reasons, follow these three simple (but important) tips.

Educate Yourself
You must be knowledgeable when going plus-size dress shopping. Get familiar with different necklines, dress silhouettes and what looks good on you (and what doesn't). Study up on bridal designers, fabrics and cuts that complement your shape and body. And know your size and dimensions — it will make things much easier!

See More: 35 Flattering (and Totally Affordable!) Plus-Size Wedding Dresses

Try It On
Seeing a dress hanging on a rack and trying to determine if it will look good on you by just looking at it isn't helping you at all. You have to see how it will look on you, feel how it hugs your curves or doesn't hug your curves. You never know it might just turn out to be the one!

Don't Settle
Your dress is out there! And don't let anyone make you settle for something you don't like or didn't want. If it's not in one place, visit another (and another) if you have to. You have to keep looking because the minute you settle, you won't be happy and everyone will know it.

The Biggest Myths About Plus-Size Wedding Dress Shopping

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Nov 062014
 

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 of shopping for a plus-size wedding dress.

Wedding-dress shopping for plus-size and curvy brides can be the worst experience ever — but it doesn't have to be that way! Here, we're debunking some common misconceptions about searching for a plus-size big-day look.

Myth #1: Bridal salons don't carry anything in your size
So many plus-size brides automatically assume most bridal salons don't have options for curvier women, but you always have options! You determine which salon you pick, plus what fabric, silhouette, size and style you want. If a salesperson says you don't have options, then that is not the place for you. If you're concerned, call the store in advance to find out what sizes and styles it carries.

Myth #2: You don't need to bring undergarments to your appointment
This is one of the most important things to have with you during your dress-shopping excursions. Undergarments and shapewear are made to enhance your look, so you won't get a true depiction of how the dress will look on your wedding day if you leave them at home.

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

Myth #3: You have to wear an A-line dress
A-Line dresses look great on plus-sized brides, but there are many other silhouettes that flatter a fuller figure. Don't be afraid to try on different styles (think: Empire waist gowns, corset styles, and mermaid silhouettes) — you might be surprised about which look you love most.

Myth #4: You should hide your curves
Being plus size or curvy isn't something that you should be ashamed of or afraid to show off. You are marrying someone who loves you and your shape, so flaunt those fabulous curves down the aisle.

The Best Wedding Dress Designers for Plus-Size Brides

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Aug 072014
 
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Regardless of your size or shape, finding your dream wedding dress takes a bit of trial and error. To help steer you towards the direction of "the one," we narrowed down the list to some top designers who are particularly skilled at designing for plus-size brides — and the signature styles they're synonymous with.

Strapless & Corset: Pnina Tornai
"Pnina Tornai is one of our top designers among plus-size brides," says Terry Hall, Fashion Director of Kleinfeld Bridal. "Her designs are known for their built-in corsets, which give a lot of support, emphasize the waist, and carve out a gorgeous figure for full-figured brides."

See More: 6 Wedding Dress Dos and Don'ts For Plus-Size Silhouettes

Mermaid: Lazaro and Dennis Basso
"Lazaro's mermaid silhouettes are fabulous for full-figured brides," says Hall. "They are sexy and romantic at the same time and are designed to offer extra support throughout the bodice." Lazaro is a particularly good choice for brides who like beading and lace embellishments throughout.

Another designer that specializes in mermaid shapes for fuller figures is Dennis Basso. In addition to designing a great mermaid shape, Dennis Basso is also known for his ruching and use of dreamy organza fabric, which are both very flattering on plus-size brides.

Lace: Bliss Monique Lhuillier
Love the romantic lace dresses and soft feel that Monique Lhuillier is known for? Plus-size brides can find that silhouette, complete with the designer's signature keyhole back, cut specifically for fuller figures in the Bliss Monique Lhuillier line.

See More: Designer Plus-Size Wedding Dresses We Love

Ball Gown: Oleg Cassini at David's Bridal
If a full ball gown is what you're going after, then Oleg Cassini is your designer. "The line is known for their opulent, glamorous princess ball gowns (think Jackie Kennedy's wedding dress) and has many dresses specially cut to flatter fuller figures," says Lori Conley, Senior Merchant for David's Bridal.

Trumpet: Truly Zac Posen at David's Bridal
Plus-size brides who favor Zac Posen's curve-hugging trumpet cut gowns will find their ideal look at the designers Truly Zac Posen bridal line. What makes this line work for fuller figure brides is the specific attention that is paid to waist and hip proportions, explains Conley. "This ensures that the dresses are not only flattering, but also comfortable."

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