• Top 10 Plus Size Wedding Dress Designers By Pretty Pear Bride

    It’s such a pleasure to have Shafonne Myers of Pretty Pear Bride guest posting today.

    Shafonne is a wedding and event planner who longed for bridal inspiration that looked like her so she created Pretty Pear Bride – the world’s only website and magazine that brings bridal inspiration to plus size brides. She also does speaking engagements educating the world about plus size brides and self confidence.

    Long have I lamented the lack of fashion forward, chic plus sized wedding dresses.

    Every time I started my search for gorgeous plus sized wedding dresses to feature on Bridal Musings I came up short. Often it seemed that established bridal lines created their plus sized collections as an after thought while plus sized wedding dress retailers seemed to be stuck in the early 90s. Surely there had to be more options for curvy brides than frumpy A line dresses?!

    So I called on Shafonne for her help and, I was thrilled to discover there are lots of beautiful and diverse wedding dress options – if you know where to look!

    Top 10 Plus Size Wedding Dress Designers

    Being a a plus size or curvy bride just plain sucks sometimes, there are so many things to worry be about while planning one of your biggest days of your life. And one of the biggest obstacles for curvy brides is finding a gorgeous and fashionable plus size wedding gown.  I know it seems like such an unbearable task, trust me I know how you feel, I was once there.

    So why don’t you go ahead scream and shout, holla’ at the top of your lungs…about how pissed you are and how there are absolutely NO options out there…I’ll pause and wait for you!

    You done? Now, let’s get down to business!

    You probably won’t believe me when I tell you but there is a light at the end of the wedding gown tunnel because the plus size bridal industry has come a long way from the drab wedding gowns of the yester years.  Yes, it doesn’t seem like it but honestly the yester years are more like yester months because they aren’t as far gone as you think.  Plus size wedding gowns have just recently taken a turn for the best.

    Why, you ask?

    Because there has been an explosion of designers who are taking a keen interest in the curvy bridal industry.  They are striving to make plus size brides feel as amazing and beautiful as their counterparts.  I’ve seen first hand, the genius and impeccable design sense that these designers have for creating wedding gowns that make curvy brides look and feel stunning.  I’ve created a collection of the Top 10 Plus Size Wedding Gown Designers to illustrate the fabulous options available to us plus size and curvy brides.

    Watters – Wtoo Curve Collection

    This new collection by Watters called the Wtoo Curve Collection is featured on Wtoo.com to give plus size brides a comprehensive idea of how their styles look on curvier brides. This feature showcases current and signature styles that were designed with these brides in mind. Beautifully proportioned up to size 32W for curves, comfort, and compliments. 

    It’s worth noting that ALL Watters and Wtoo wedding dresses are available in sizes 0-24. Also, that fabulous pink, ruffly number in the photo above is part of the Wtoo Curve Collection too!

    Watters – hot off the New York Bridal Fashion Week catwalk

    David’s Bridal

    The majority of women’s clothing lines, including bridal collections, are based on a size 8 sample that is graded to create a full range of sizes. The David’s Bridal Woman collection is designed differently: their plus size fit model is a size 18 and each pattern is based on research gathered from real customer’s measurements. This unique focus on fit and sizing is the reason their plus size wedding gowns fit and flatter like no other.

    David’s Bridal Woman – Style 9T3299

    Sydney’s Closet

    Over the last decade, Sydney’s Closet has dressed up of tens of thousands plus-size teens and women across the U.S. from Alaska to Florida and around the world in countries like Denmark, Germany, Canada, England and Italy. Their glam designs have been seen on the dance floor at high school gyms for Prom and Homecoming, on celebrities walking the red-carpet in Hollywood and going down the aisle of churches and beaches.

    The wedding dress collection is perfect for plus sized brides with petite budgets.

    Sydney’s Closet – I Do, I Do

    Alfred Angelo

    Every dress in the Alfred Angelo collection is available in plus sizes and there’s no extra charge! Begin your Happily Ever After in an Alfred Angelo bridal gown designed with your curves in mind.

    Alfred Angelo Style 2366

    Mori Lee – Julietta Collection

    For over 17 years, Madeline Gardner has been designing dresses for MoriLee. When her son asked why she does her job, she replied ‘Because I love doing it, and I love making girls look pretty and feel good.’ That includes girls of all sizes! The Julietta Collection is filled with elegant wedding dresses.

    Mori Lee Julietta Style 3151

    Igigi

    Igigi strives to provide women of curves with smart, stylish and sophisticated collections that accentuate and celebrate their bodies. Their collections reflect the latest trends in fashion, including their affordable wedding dress collection. Plus they ship to over 70 countries!

    Bellerose Plus Size Wedding Gown

    Roz la Kelin – Glamour Plus Collection

    Roz la Kelin is an Australian bridal gown designer who is hitting the states by storm with her dresses being featured at Bridal Week Fall 2014 and arriving in numerous US plus size bridal salons.  

    Bridal to me is the highest form of wearable art, scruptured to minimise and emphasise a woman’s body.

     

    Glamour plus Collection – Style 5545T

    Kiyonna

    Kiyonna‘s founder Kim Camarella-Khanbeigi sums up her plus size brand perfectly with this quote:

    We’re in business still, after all these years, because we’ve always sold a feeling, not a product. I’ve always believed in the idea that curvy women deserved to look and feel stylish and amazing. Why not?

    They have a great range of budget friendly short wedding dresses or reception dress options.

    Aurora Lace Wedding Dress

    Racquel Ruched Wedding Dress

    Allure Bridals

    In 2003, Allure introduced the Allure Construction. This patented built-in corset provides the signature fit and structure you can only find with Allure.  With a perfectly constructed gown made with luxurious fabrics in a modern silhouette, every Allure bride walks down the aisle in confident style.

    Allure Bridals style W282

    As you can see there are a vast number of options for plus size brides to wear something other than the bland and plain A-line dresses that we are so often characterized by.  Designers are standing up and taking notice that curvy brides want AND deserve to look as well as feel chic and elegant as our smaller peers.  So no more should we hear that there aren’t any options available for plus size brides because there are designers who care and have stepped up to the plate to ensure that curvy brides are recognized!

    Thanks so much to Shafonne for stopping by. If you’re a curvy bride, I do hope you’ve found this post helpful. Be sure to check out Pretty Pear Bride for lots more curvalicious wedding inspiration! Follow along on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram too.

    Find more wedding inspiration in the photo gallery and on my 100+ Pinterest boards

  • Yay! LOVE this post. Big thank you to Shafonne.

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  • Thanks so much for allowing me to share my love for plus size bridal with your readers!

    • bridalmusings

      My pleasure, thank you for showing us that plus sized wedding dresses don’t have to be frumpy / A-line / all about covering up – they can be chic, stylish and sexy! (That Bellerose dress – wow!) Admittedly there’s still a long way to go to ensure all brides are catered for and represented in the wedding industry but you’re doing a great job of highlighting this and helping to move things forward! :)

  • The Perfect Palette

    These designs are amazing!

  • AMEZ

    where is the first dress from? the soft pink?????

    • bridalmusings

      It’s part of the Watters Wtoo Curve Collection. Gorgeous isn’t it?!

  • Sara Burnett

    Such great designs – love that first gown!

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  • Stephanie (Fab You Bliss)

    Agreed, beautiful designs and I love the first one as well!

  • aisleperfect

    Love these Shafonne! I saw the Roz La Klein collection at Bridal Market and loveddd that they weren’t frumpy but stylish and flattering. It’s so awesome to know curvy doesn’t have to mean compromise

  • Allison Moore

    I never expected to have so many options to try on when I went shopping, and I was really anxious about it. turns out it was all for nothing – I tried on a ton of dresses, and yes, not every shape or dress was right for my curves (we had quite a few laughs!). I tried on Maggie Sottero’s, Justin Alexander’s, WToo and other top designers. In the end my dress was a Sophia Tolli, and it was amazing! I’ve shared this advice with other plus sized brides: don’t worry – there’s a dress out there for EVERYONE. just be open to ideas, silhouettes and styles you never really considered and you just might be surprised!

    • bridalmusings

      Thank you so much for your lovely and encouraging comment, Allison. I’m glad you had such a positive experience dress shopping! I’ll definitely check out Sophia Tolli’s gowns. Thanks for your helpful advice for other plus size brides – I think it applies to brides of all sizes – it’s so important to go into wedding dress shopping with an open mind! :)

  • These are all super elegant. Well done Shafonne and Elizabeth for finding these picks and highlighting them!

  • The Watters Wtoo collection are my faves!! I also love the short dresses too!!

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  • One former Lululemon staffer recently said the company purposely refrains from restocking larger sizes.

  • Djm

    What about bridesmaid dresses? So many can be ordered in my size, but the salons are not carrying them to try on. They blame the designers for not sending samples in the larger sizes. I am an 18/20. 3 out of 4 salons I tried this Saturday had zero for me to try on.

    • bridalmusings

      So sorry to hear that Djm, perhaps you could try Nordstrom? http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/plus-size-bridesmaid-dresses (Two birds and Donna Morgan are really lovely brands!) then you can order online and return if it’s not right. They go up to 22-24. Best of luck!

  • Kristine

    where do i find the price of these dresses i found the one i want but there is no where i can find the price :(

    • bridalmusings

      Hi Kristine, if you contact the designers via the email on their websites (or on FB, Twitter etc.) they can let you know price and stockist info. Best of luck!

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  • Mary

    I am a size 26/28. Where is the best place for me to go? I am nervous and excited about shopping but I don’t want to go and not be able to try anything one.

    • Cari

      sorry I should have posted this here- It depends where you are located- but there’s a plus size designer in Toronto i believe- I have to get the name from my cousin (she’s the bride and a size 26) I’m a 24 and it was all done online after we gave our measurements- her dress cost under $480 and it was satin and gorgeous! pippa (i don’t remember the last name) but ill repost again when I find it.

    • Hannah

      Hello Darling! I work at davids bridal and we have many gowns that are 26/28, and ones you can try on that will actually fit in the store :)

      • sue

        do not go to davids bridal!!!

  • Cari

    It depends where you are located- but there’s a plus size designer in Toronto i believe- I have to get the name from my cousin (she’s the bride and a size 26) I’m a 24 and it was all done online after we gave our measurements- her dress cost under $480 and it was satin and gorgeous! pippa (i don’t remember the last name) but ill repost again when I find it.

    • tracey dunn

      did u find the name a website of the designer ? am a size 30 and very chest heavy hard to find something

  • Katherine Hendricks Smith

    A new Bridal Boutique is opening in Dallas, Texas Mid July 2014. ” A Curvy Bride”

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  • CurvyMESS

    My issue is that I am 5’1 and a half and I am unable to wear heels to help with the height issue (flat feet/high arches and very wide small feet and so in the ONLY white pair of sandals I own and had to get fixed a little as they are over seven years old and the velcro is detaching from the leather and super glue didn’t even work! I only get about another inch and a quarter!) and I am about 240lbs and a size 20. Also, I have issues getting fitted and have been fitted way off for EVERYTHING (even when I went in with my own measurments). I was once fitted as a 50D and left to swim in bad bras for 5 years+ as my mom didn’t believe I was fitted poorly and just said I was NOT wearing a bra and the ONLY way to solve that issue was for me to actually do my OWN bra sizing and I got the best fitting of my life that way. I got a 42G doing it myself and was actually a 42DDD, which is NOT bad for doing it myself. However, if I go in for getting dresses as I am short and curvy with my measures I get things about 3 sizes to big and feel like I am drowning! I cannot wear lace or ruffles due to my sensitive skin and that makes dress shopping even harder when the only materials my skin can handle being touched by on a daily basis are cotton and polyester and only once in a blue moon spandex! Do you have any suggestions for such fit issues?! My weight is pretty evenly proportioned and so that means big thighs, BIG booty, BIG belly, BIG tits, but it starts to thin out more at the arms going down from a not overly thick neck interms of width so I have slightly narrow (more average and not wide shoulders), that go to thinner arms and such tiny hands they look like they were transplanted off a little kid. So, sizing above bust and shoulders is what makes it even tougher when shopping for regular shirts and stuff because the main “bulk” (bulk=huge increase AKA bulk of the sizing) is just the boobage, I could NOT handle something like the last dress, to me it seems more like a dress you would wear going out to a fancy lunch (like high tea or Sunday brunch or some big fancy government dinner party or other formal engagement at night where you are meeting a lot of famous people), but it would NEVER scream wedding to me! So, ANYTHING but that! I have more a corset and flare, but nothing ugly and feathery, something light and airy and a bit of bling, hopefully strapless!

  • CurvyMESS

    My issue is that I am 5’1 and a half and I am unable to wear heels to help with the height issue (flat feet/high arches and very wide small feet and so in the ONLY white pair of sandals I own and had to get fixed a little as they are over seven years old and the velcro is detaching from the leather and super glue didn’t even work! I only get about another inch and a quarter!) and I am about 240lbs and a size 20. Also, I have issues getting fitted and have been fitted way off for EVERYTHING (even when I went in with my own measurments). I was once fitted as a 50D and left to swim in bad bras for 5 years+ as my mom didn’t believe I was fitted poorly and just said I was NOT wearing a bra and the ONLY way to solve that issue was for me to actually do my OWN bra sizing and I got the best fitting of my life that way. I got a 42G doing it myself and was actually a 42DDD, which is NOT bad for doing it myself. However, if I go in for getting dresses as I am short and curvy with my measures I get things about 3 sizes to big and feel like I am drowning! I cannot wear lace or ruffles due to my sensitive skin and that makes dress shopping even harder when the only materials my skin can handle being touched by on a daily basis are cotton and polyester and only once in a blue moon spandex! Do you have any suggestions for such fit issues?! My weight is pretty evenly proportioned and so that means big thighs, BIG booty, BIG belly, BIG tits, but it starts to thin out more at the arms going down from a not overly thick neck interms of width so I have slightly narrow (more average and not wide shoulders), that go to thinner arms and such tiny hands they look like they were transplanted off a little kid. So, sizing above bust and shoulders is what makes it even tougher when shopping for regular shirts and stuff because the main “bulk” (bulk=huge increase AKA bulk of the sizing up top, so the girls make me a size 2x/3X in tops, but if they were a couple sizes smaller I would be like a 1X/2X and so up top its like 90%+ boob and makes it harder to fit) since it is just the boobage. I could NOT handle something like the Aurora Lace Wedding Dress on this page, to me it seems more like a dress you would wear going out to a fancy lunch (like high tea or Sunday brunch or some big fancy government dinner party or other formal engagement at night where you are meeting a lot of famous people or second dress you swap to for the RECEPTION), but it would NEVER scream wedding to me! So, ANYTHING but that! Also, it’s pure lace and with my skin I just can’t, I can’t! I have more a corset and flare, but nothing ugly and feathery, something light and airy and a bit of bling, hopefully strapless!

    • I Vote!

      If you are in the Chicagoland area, there is a great shop there..www.hauteandco.com. They are so awesome.

    • bridalmusings

      Hi CurvyMESS, I’m sorry it’s been such a challenge for you to get fitted correctly.

      Have you considered getting a custom made gown? I know a lot of brides who have worked with independent dress designers to create the dress of their dreams (in the fabric that best suits them).

      You may also want to consider Two Birds. They are known for their bridesmaids dresses but they use a wonderfully soft jersey material and there are so many beautiful and flattering silhouettes you can create – just need to get a gown in white! Due to their unique design they are available in 2 sizes that fit sizes 0-24. http://twobirdsbridesmaid.com/

      Wishing you the very best of luck finding your perfect dress.

    • CurvyBride

      The Aurora Lace dress is perfect for a courthouse/elopement or a very small intimate wedding (which is my plan).

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  • Devon

    Who made the light pink gown in the first photo? I LOVE that one.

    • simsjunkie

      from the article: It’s worth noting that ALL Watters and Wtoo wedding dresses are available in sizes 0-24. Also, that fabulous pink, ruffly number in the photo above is part of the Wtoo Curve Collection too!

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