Okay so I am a plus size girl and was apprehensive when it came to wedding gown shopping (and yes I am calling it a gown – when in your life do you get to wear something so beautiful and magical).
If you have watched any of the “say yes to the dress” episodes you see plus size girls discouraged as they have searched and searched for a gown that doesn’t look “frumpy” or “a fat girls dress”. So when starting to look online I did LOADS of research on which designers offer plus size lines and which just make the smaller sizes in plus sizes. I can tell you right off the bat that you want to look for “plus size lines” instead of just plus sizes in smaller size designs. These “plus size line” gowns more often take into consideration body shape needs and requirements that smaller sized girls don’t need. That is not to say that a larger size gown of a “small size line” won’t look fantastic, everyone is different.
I was amazed at the selection and availability I found in “plus size lines”. Where are the SYTTD plus size girls looking that they can’t find anything??
Anyway – after doing my research and finding lots to choose from I then asked myself what I wanted to look like on my wedding day and narrowed it down from there. As most plus size girls will tell you – you have to try it on to really know if it looks good on you. When I found the Bonny Bridal Site I thought I had hit the jackpot. This dress was IT I tell you. My “special” dress sense told me this was it going to be perfect!! This is the picture of the dress.
So me being me, I called around to various salon’s to make sure I could find one that had one for me to try on! It was essential to me to find a sample that I could try on. After calling several salons I hit on Kathryn’s Bridal in McHenry, IL. I set up my appointment and was on my way to bridal gown bliss!!
The Ladies there were all very helpful and accommodating. I brought six very important women in my life and they gave us the “living room” with a very lovely couch and chairs. When I arrived my consultant and I looked through the racks and picked several dresses to try on – and when I got to my very large sized room the “special sense” dress was already there for me. The selection of plus size gowns to try on was impressive! Larger then a “warehouse” style salon that I had looked at prior. The dresses were wonderful and everything I tried on worked because they were all “plus size line” dresses in my size. However the dress I loved and worshiped was the dress my girls liked least – can you imagine my disappointment!! The consultant suggested I try on a strapless ballgown because the seven dresses I had picked were all A-line. I was not jazzed about strapless but agreed. This dress the moment I had it on was the ONE!! This dress found me – that’s what I tell people, and it is all due to the knowledge and assistance of the ladies at Kathryn’s Bridal.This dress is also from the Bonny Bridal Unforgettable line and comes in Ivory, Champagne and White.
What are your plus size dress stories and did they have a happy ending? Thoughts, comments, questions?