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A Dress Size for Everyone

Plus size brides can have a very difficult time finding just the right gown and even trying gowns on.  Call before visiting bridal shops and ask if they have plus size gowns available.  There are best replica watches certain styles that will help to make the plus size bride even more striking on her wedding day.  There are basically two options to choose from; accentuate the curves or minimize them. 

                A-line gowns work well for the plus size bride because they flare away from the bodice to create one clear flowing line.  Empire gowns are another good choice because they fall just below the bust line and cover the tummy area well.  If you are a petite plus size bride try and find a gown that has a basque waist.  This is an elongated waist that dips to a point in the front center.  It will help add height.

                Long sleeves or half sleeves will cover stretch marks and loose skin.  If you go without sleeves then you may want to consider a wrap.  Stay away from puffy sleeves they will add bulk.  Choose a gown that is a lightweight fabric such as chiffon, silk or light satin.  Heavy clingy fabrics will give off an even heavier appearance.  It's best to stick with a matte finish rather than a shiny glossy fabric.

                When choosing a neckline look for an open neckline such as a v-neck, scoop or keyhole.  To flatter a full figure purchase an uplifting support bra to accentuate a full bust.  If you want to minimize the curves choose a one piece minimizing undergarment. 

                Keep the gown simple.  Stay away from an overload of beads or sequins because it can give the illusion of more pounds.  You also don't want to draw attention to the wrong areas.  A simple gown will give a more long and lean appearance.

                Take advantage of your beautifully made up hairstyle and face and frame it with a great sparkly necklace, drop earrings and a fantastic headpiece.  Unless you're going for the choker look don't wear a necklace tight around your neck.  This will make your neck look thicker.  If you decide to wear a veil make sure it has enough body to go with your look.  You want to look proportioned not like you have a miniature veil on top of your head.  Likewise, if you choose to wear a tiara make sure it doesn't get lost in your hairstyle.

                When you decide on the bouquet this also should complement your size and be in proportion.  Most likely you will be having some photos taken holding the bouquet.  You don't want it to look too small.  The only exception here is if you decide to carry a single stemmed flower.

                The plus size bride may have to put a little more effort into finding just the right look for her big day but it can be accomplished.  Take your time and don't get frustrated!  You will find that perfect gown and look terrific in it too!  Be prepared though, many times there will be an extra fee because of the additional material.

                Good luck and happy shopping!