Wedding gown shopping — oh, where to begin! For starters, as a bride, you should aim to look like the absolute best version of yourself on your wedding day. What this means is that you should feel beautiful and confident on the inside too. Try on dresses that you feel comfortable in and that feels natural to you. We are firm believers that there’s a wedding dress out there for every bride, no matter your shape and size. To our curvy brides, we urge you not to shy away from dresses that show off your figure! Some of the trendiest styles, such as dramatic ballgowns or sexy mermaids look amazing on plenty of different body types, you don’t have to be a size 0 to pull it off. The key to finding your perfect wedding dress is having an open mind and enjoying the process. Here are some plus size wedding dresses that will blow you away. Love your curves, love your dress!
Plus Size Wedding Dresses
The Trumpet/Mermaid Style Wedding Dress
This shape is defined by a slim curve-hugging skirt that follows the line of the hips and thighs and flares out below the knee. This is an amazing cut for brides with hourglass figures who want to show off their curves!
The Ball Gown Style Wedding Dress
The number one distinguishing trait of a ball gown is the full skirt. The silhouette also has a fitted bodice and is cinched at the natural waist. This works for brides with a fuller figure because it gives you shape and flares out where it needs to!
As its name implies, this cut is narrow at the top and extends out along the body in the shape of—you guessed it—an “A.” There’s a reason it’s one of the most popular skirt silhouettes—it’s super-flattering on everyone!
Where to find a plus size wedding dress in South Africa?
If you are on the hunt for a wedding dress, do not feel overwhelmed! Don’t know where to begin? Here are a few wedding dress designers and wedding dress stores where you can find plus size wedding dresses in South Africa!
Tip: Although some retail stores are less expensive than going through a wedding dress designer, just give them a call to make sure they stock all sizes! However, if you do choose to go with a designer, they will be sure to fit the dress perfectly to your body!
Cindy stocks a small collection of unique ready-to-wear gowns for the bride who wants to buy a finished gown, who has no time for fittings, or who has a set budget. These gowns are all made in different sizes so you are able to order any of these styles in your size. Minor adjustments can be accommodated and you will be quoted accordingly. Their prices start from R12,000. However, if you are looking to rent a gown from Cindy Bam, prices start at R8,000. If you want something which she can tailor fit to your body, dresses start at R20,000.
Brides of Somerset specialises in personal bridal consultations with leading international bridal designers: Morilee, Modeca and Enzoani as well as versatile bridesmaids gowns from Gelique. Any needed alterations to the gowns are done on premises.
Bridal Allure Wedding Dresses is an upmarket retail clothing boutique studio in Cape Town. They offer the widest variety of wedding clothing products in the city, which includes leading brands from UK, Spain, USA and Ukraine. They stock all sizes, from size 4 up to size 18.
It is Tracey’s goal to work more with the plus sizes. She adores the fuller figure. Throughout the years of designing gowns, she has noticed that there is not much out there for the plus size brides. It gives her great pleasure and satisfaction to know that she is playing an important role, in making a plus size bride feel like a princess on her wedding day, making her realize that she can also look absolutely gorgeous on her special day.
They are extremely passionate about designing and making clothing! The fit, Quality and Design are so important to them. Blackeyed Susan’s Ready to Wear Bridal collection is easily accessible and affordable. Their beautiful bridal pieces can be ordered from their online store or bought straight off the rail at the Blackeyed Susan Bridal & Eventwear Boutique. All styles are available in standard sizes 8 to 18.