Dress Shopping Tips from A Plus Size Stylist

Shopping for your wedding dress should be one of the most fun parts of planning a wedding, but for a lot of plus brides working with boutiques can be disappointing. As a plus size woman and a bridal stylist I always want to make the shopping experience for my plus brides as fun and easy as possible. Here are a few ways to make sure your search for the dress is a good one!

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Sarah & Daniel's Northern California Coast Vow Renewal

Sarah and Daniel met the second semester of their freshman year of high school in Manteca, Ca. Sarah said that the moment they met, she knew she had found her husband. “I came home that night and told my mom that I met the man I was going to marry,” said Sarah. “She didn’t believe me.”

They became best friends first and remained close for a few years before they started dating. Their first date was at a 50’s themed diner in their hometown. They got hitched in Vegas six months later, four days after Daniel’s 18th birthday. “We were head over heels in love and didn’t care about anything else in the world,” reminisces Sarah. “It was the most romantic night of my life.”

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Sarah & Patrick's Eclectic Woodsy Wedding

Sarah cannot help but talk about fate when describing her relationship with Patrick. They grew up in the same neighborhood and attended the same high school, but were none the wiser to the connection they would grow to have. It was not until years later, after Sarah mustered up the courage to send Patrick a message on Facebook, did sparks fly. At the time, they were living in different parts of the country, relying on all day texting and late night Skype dates to keep in touch. After months of visiting one another, Patrick asked her to move to North Carolina with him. While scared to leave her mom and her home, Sarah was ready to start a new chapter of their love story.

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Jade & Paul's Sentimental Gothic Restoration Wedding

Paul and Jade met at a party in Manchester. Although there was an instant connection between the two, both were seeing other people. They swapped numbers and chatted online for months, until the time was finally right. For their first date, Jade traveled back down to visit Paul for a Smiths tour of Manchester, hitting all the stops: Morrissey’s family home, Salford Lads Club, even the Iron Bridge from the song ‘Still Ill.’

Their engagement was just as sweet and personal as their first date, with Paul booking a much-needed getaway for the couple in the Scottish Highlands. After an intimate day of champagne and rum (and the star attraction - a hot tub!), Jade sat on the sofa with her hair in a towel and no makeup on.

Paul chose this perfect, relaxed moment to get down on one knee. “Jade - I love you, you’re my best friend,” he said. “Will you marry me?”

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Abi & Ross’s Sweetly Personal Scottish Town Hall Wedding

Abi and Ross met during college when Abi was doing a semester abroad at the University of Stirling in Stirling, Scotland. They first clapped eyes on each other in the dining hall, where Ross quickly convinced Abi to join the Sitrling University Drama Society (SUDS for short). Abi fell for the funny, charismatic redhead quickly after seeing him perform and she tried a few subtle flirtations to win his favor, but Ross remained blissfully oblivious to these advances until Abi teasingly stuck her icy, cold hands down the collar of his shirt. Somehow that did the trick and Abi’s cold hands warmed Ross’s big heart.

They never dated in the traditional sense. “It was more like, we hung out once and then I just never left his side,” explained Abi. “There was a deep and very real connection there.”

After that, things happened quickly. “On Monday we were just two people and by Friday I was calling the admissions office and arranging an extension of my semester abroad,” said Abi.

They never looked back.

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Dalreece & Jarreth's Elegant Cape Town Family Wedding

Dalreece and Jarreth first met on Tinder and after talking for a week they took the plunge and met IRL. For their first date, they went to a national park near their home in Cape Town, South Africa to see some elephants. The conversation was fun, the laughter was easy, and the attraction was heavy. They both knew right away, this was love.

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My Big Fat Blonde Musical's Real Life Love Story

Theresa and Bobby went to elementary, middle, and high school together. Bobby was in band with Theresa’s brother so they were “aware” of each other, but they were not friends. After college, their mutual friend, Donald (who later officiated their wedding), got them both involved in a local production of Gilbert and Sullivan's, "The Mikado." After rehearsals, Donald, Bobby, and Theresa would grab dinner and drinks and just hang out. They did this for about a month before things took a leap out of the friend zone.

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Courtney & Billy’s Jurassic Park Wedding

Courtney and Billy met through mutual friends in 2013. They saw each other a few times in group settings and as they got to know each other, they starting spending more time together one and one. They never really had a first date, just a perfect natural evolution from friendship to romantic love.

Courtney is the manager of the beautiful event venue The Landing 1841. For the proposal, Billy arranged everything with Courtney’s boss to have her come in for a special Valentine’s Day meeting. They set up a beautiful display of flowers and champagne and when Courtney walked inside, Billy was waiting for her on the patio. He pulled out a Barbasol can, just like the one used to smuggle dinosaur embryos in Jurassic Park, and popped open the false bottom of the can to reveal the ring. Laughing through her tears, Courtney said “yes!” and the Jurassic Wedding was on!

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Pip & Sam’s Crafty Friday the 13th Wedding

Pip and Sam first met in 2009 when they were just teens at Canterbury College. They became good friends over the next three years, but they went their separate ways for university, Sam in London and Pip in Brighton. However, they never forgot each other and one cold February night, Pip scored some liquid courage and gave Sam a call demanding that he come see her in Brighton. Sam dutifully made the hour journey to Pip and they had a night on the town, which culminated in their first kiss.

The months that followed involved many train journeys between Brighton and London until they finished up their degrees and then Pip moved back home to Kent and Sam stayed nearby in London. A few months later they added their puppy, D'Artagnan, to the tribe and the twosome became the three musketeers.

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