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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Amalie & Sean's Sweetly Simple Vows

Amalie and Sean met in 2008 playing a 3D chatroom game called “Home.” Sean lives in England and Amalie lives in Denmark, but once they discovered they played the same games and shared many of the same interests the distance was hardly a barrier. Their connection deepened over many texts, MSN messages, and Skype calls until one morning, Amalie confessed her feelings.

“I had tried to hint my attraction for the past 6 months, with no luck, so I thought, why not? Just say you love him! And luckily he loved me too.”

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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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Jordan & Corey’s Royal Purple Prom Throwback Wedding

Jordan and Corey met when they were both freshman in high school. They had a lot of mutual friends and as they got to know each other they became inseparable. A couple years into their friendship, they both finally admitted that they liked each other after some gentle nudges from their friend group. Jordan was not allowed to date until she was 16 so their first date was actually a month and a half after they admitted they had feelings for each other.

Neither of them had a car so Jordan’s grandfather was kind enough to chauffeur them to a local shopping center for a romantic sushi dinner. “You never forget your grandpa driving you and your boyfriend around,” said Jordan. They have been together ever since.

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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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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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