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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Jennifer & Jordan’s Romantic Blue Ridge Mountain Ceremony

Jennifer and Jordan have known each other forever. Their relationship evolved from friendship into true romantic love and one day it just clicked that they should be together. “No first dates, no drama,” said Jennifer. “Just us being best friends.”

On a getaway to Washington, DC to see a concert, Jordan proposed in their hotel room. This private couple did not tell anyone until the next day to properly soak in the first hours of being engaged, just the two of them.

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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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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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Char & Colin’s Retro Punk Carnival Celebration

Charlotte “Char” and Colin first met 14 years ago in school. They had a class together and the two shy souls nurtured their crushes from a distance. When Char finally gathered up the courage to say “Hi” to Colin whist sharing an elevator ride he actually ran away. “I took that as a cue to never say hello again,” said Char. “And transferred shortly after.”

But ten years later, Colin found Char on OkCupid. He said “Hi” this time and asked her out. For their first date, they went out for dumplings and then to a record store. They did not want to stop hanging out so they prolonged their date by sitting in a park for hours just chatting before going for drinks and playing a few lively rounds of ping pong. “It took three dates for both of us to admit that we knew who each other were before,” said Char. “And we have spent pretty much every day together since.”

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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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