Affordable plus size wedding dresses, not something you see much of on the internet I’ve discovered. Especially ones that actually look good. They’re normally frumpy, old fashioned, heavy, uncomfortable and give you a case of double boob, squash arms and result in you having the inability to breathe or sit down.
I’ve had quite a few messages since my blog post about my wedding with people saying they loved my dress or that they wouldn’t have the guts to get married in black. Remember ladies and gents, get married in what colour you want, white wedding dresses have only been fashionable since Queen Victoria got married in 1840 and traditions are there to be knocked down and rebuilt in my opinion! Remember it’s your day (as a couple), not your mum’s or mother in law’s or sister’s for that matter. I am of the opinion that when you get engaged you should get a little card to remind you of that and wave in the faces of people who dare to tell you otherwise.
I started thinking about why I chose a black dress and remembered it was because there was nothing I liked in the traditional dress shops (not being a size 12, more of a 22). That and the fact there was nothing under £1k that was suitable for a ‘plus sized bride’. I would walk in shops to be immediately told that I would have to special order dresses and there was not much that I would be able to try on.
Gee, thanks for going out of your way to make a future bride feel special and like a princess.
Needless to say I gave up on bridal shops pretty quickly after those experiences. After doing some extensive online shopping I eventually ended up with my perfect dress from Debenhams for £45 with a petticoat from Vivien of Holloway – which cost more than the dress. That petticoat has had some serious use since then and goes with every dress I’ve bought since.
Those unpleasant memories of bridal shops, way back in 2009, got me looking around to see what options there are these days for the ‘plus size’ bride who might not have all the money to spend on a dress but still wants to look gorgeous, be comfortable and like a princess on her big day. I most certainly didn’t feel happy or comfortable in a ‘traditional’ wedding dress and was so happy with the style of dress I chose, it was very me apart from the flowers, they would have been better if they were skulls or rainbows.
OH MY GOODNESS
Turns out there’s LOADS OF AWESOME CHOICE NOW. I wanted to post a handful of ideas in this blog post but there was so many when I started digging through my favourite websites. I put them all onto a Pinterest board instead so I can keep adding to it when I come across new finds! Yep I know Modcloth is US based but they are super affordable, have great choice and ship to the UK.
If I could go back in time I would probably go for one of these. Probably. Maybe. Although it would be heavily accessorised with unicorns, rainbows and skulls.
asos has an amazing selection – so many pretties to choose from! Some of these dresses are quite traditional in style but with some modern twists on colours and still look like they cost a small fortune. I think combining some of these dresses with hair accessories from Crown and Glory and shoes from Irregular Choice would make a winning combination and still come in less than the price of one of those big fancy frocks you can only wear once.
Oh and they look like they’d be super flattering, no cold sholder, bodycon fishtail nightmares here.
I love the 50s style dresses that give you that wonderful hourglass shape, loads of those on here. It’s like the industry is finally listening and not just making plus size versions of their non plus sized collections. Because that hardly ever works.
Let me know in the comments if I’ve missed anywhere that isn’t asos, Vivien of Holloway, Lindy Bop, Honeypie Boutique, ModCloth, Monsoon or Simply Be. Oh and as for the losing weight before your wedding, don’t get me started on that one, that’s a whole ‘nother blog post. Kat at Rock n Roll Bride sums it up better than I ever could.
In summary, don’t wear something if you don’t want to, do if you do. You generally only get one go at your big day and if you’re not comfy and happy with what you’re wearing you’ll remember every time you look at the photographs and watch the video.
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