The curvy bride’s survival checklist

by | 1 March, 2017

Whilst the run-up to your wedding should be the most exciting time of your life, it can also be the most stressful. And when we say stressful, we mean pulling-your-hair-out-and-screaming-into-a-pillow stressful whilst your bridesmaids and mother-in-law look on in horror…

Add to that the ‘well meant’ pressure to lose a bit of weight, and it seems the curvy bride-to-be has a lot more to contend with than the table plan.

Yep, when a fuller-figured lady decides to get married, the world and his thin wife think it’s ok to not-so-subtly steer her to the salad cart. So we’ve put together a little survival checklist for all you buxom brides-to-be, which we hope will give you the courage and the confidence to let society’s obsession with thin go straight over your beautiful heads.

If you’re made to feel anything less than gorgeous, walk away

It’s frightening how curvy women are sometimes treated when they walk into wedding dress shops. From uncomfortable side-glances to outright dismissal, we’ve heard horror story upon horror story of fuller-figured ladies being made to feel like they don’t belong. Choosing a wedding dress should be a confidence-boosting pleasure, so if you’re made to feel unwelcome, then we suggest you walk away with your head held high.

Give your bridesmaids, mother and mother-in-law a pep talk

Unfortunately, when you decide to get married, your nearest and dearest are just as likely to ‘subtly’ frown upon your curves. You may have spent a lifetime being told by your mother that you’re beautiful, but as soon as your man pops the question, she’ll start to ‘lovingly’ nudge you towards the scales. Even your bridesmaids and mother-in-law may drop a few inappropriate comments. Our advice is this: let your wedding gang know that you’re happy how you are, you don’t plan on losing weight, and if they push a diet book under your nose you’re likely to throw it swiftly down the toilet.

Take glossy bridal magazines with a pinch of salt

We’re pretty sure women of all sizes feel less than perfect when they see clavicle-protruding models in Barbie-sized wedding dresses. With their matchstick arms, bronzed skin and flawless makeup, they’re an entirely unrealistic and unattainable representation of the female form. Unfortunately, as soon as you decide to get married these glossy mags will miraculously turn up everywhere, no matter how hard you try to avoid them. So our advice is this: remember that they’re airbrushed, hungry and probably pretty irritable.

Find a wedding dress specialist that makes you feel welcome and wonderful

The sad truth is that plus-size wedding dress specialists are few and far between. The industry seems to be blinkered towards catering for the smaller physique, despite the fact that beautiful women come in all shapes and sizes. But we’re passionate about giving the fuller-figured bride-to-be the experience they expect and deserve, which means a warm welcome, an understanding approach and rails of big and beautiful dresses for you to indulge in. Every bride-to-be who walks into our shop leaves with the dress of her dreams and a confidence boost that will shine through on her big day.

If you’re soon to tie the knot and want your wedding dress to celebrate your curves, our fantastic range of plus-sized wedding gowns will live up to all your expectations. We’d love to meet you, so get in touch!

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Queen Anne Drive
Merley, Wimborne
Dorset BH21 3BA
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