5 Essential Tips to Plus Size Wedding Gown Shopping

The part of wedding planning that most brides look forward to is the wedding gown shopping. For plus size brides the process of finding the right dress can be the most challenging. Nothing breaks our hearts more than knowing a bride had to settle on her wedding dress because she wasn’t aware of these 5 tips to shopping for a Plus Size wedding gown!

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Do your research

Many brides start their Pinterest boards the moment they get engaged. This is where you can really start envisioning your look for your big day. Part of this is noticing what you like and don’t like in a wedding dress. The next step is to google plus size wedding gown designers. Stella York is an incredible designer that has a plus size wedding gown collection called “Every Body, Every Bride”. This an amazing collection of different styles and fabrics. Wonderland Bridal is a preferred retailer of Stella York and carries this line which is available to order in sizes up to 34. Once you have determined that a store carries your size, schedule your appointment!

Only bring supportive people to your appointment

It’s the best feeling in the world when you are on the pedestal in a beautiful gown and you know you have found “the One”. If you don’t have the right people with you, that moment can be ruined by one misplaced comment. Bringing people who are overly critical of your body shape or size is not the ideal situation. If it is important to you to have one of these people at your appointment, make sure you bring someone who can reign them in. Have as many supportive people with you as possible come to your appointment. There should be tears of joy, not of sadness when you are feeling your most beautiful.

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Be open minded

We see many girls who feel like they want to hide everything in a poofy ballgown or something more A-line to “hide their tummy”. Why hide your assets? Try at least one mermaid or trumpet gown to see how it feels. You may discover that you love the way your figure looks in a fitted gown.

Often times we hear brides ask for sleeves to cover their arms. It is not unusual for one of these gals to fall in love with a strapless wedding gown. If you feel like you absolutely have to have sleeves, try a strapless gown on anyway. There are many ways to add coverage your arms with a custom made jacket, sleeves, or popover using the same lace or fabric as your dress. Your seamstress can help bring your vision to life.

Don’t limit yourself on what you think will look good on you. Let your bridal stylist recommend something you maybe never thought of.

Don’t worry about the size number

Bridal sizes are usually two sizes smaller than your regular dress size. If you are a size 16 in regular pants then you would possibly fit comfortably in a size 20 wedding dress. Don’t worry if your bust is two sizes bigger than the rest of your measurements. The rest can be taken in with alterations. No one is going to see the number but you. The important thing is that your gown fits like a glove on your wedding day.

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Don’t wait until you lose weight to order your dress.

We see it all the time, brides want to lose weight before their weddings and then maybe wait too long to order. Wedding gowns typically take anywhere between 3-6 months to arrive.  If you feel comfortable ordering a s size smaller, Stella York wedding gowns have at least an inch and half of fabric on each side seam to let out in the worst case scenario that the dress is still too tight. If you lose more weight than anticipated the dress can be taken in. We have seen miracles happen in alterations. Ask your bridal stylist any questions you have before placing an order for a size that is not the one you currently measure.

If you are a bride looking for an amazing dress and an equally amazing experience, look no further! Book your appointment with us today!

Love Story: Tracey & Justin

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We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Nathalie & Jose, who were married December 3rd, 2017.

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When and how did you meet?

Justin was working as a firefighter for Fort Lauderdale, and I an emergency room nurse in downtown Fort Lauderdale. We were friends for 4 years before dating. Immediately we both felt this was something special from the beginning.

How long did you date before he popped the question?

We were together a 1 ½ year before Justin popped the question. He was waiting for me to finish Grad school so that I wouldn’t be distracted.

How did he propose?

Justin and I had a favorite picnic spot in Tree Tops Park, after completing my final certification test for school Justin planned a picnic day for us to celebrate. As we walked to the spot I noticed a white blanket with rose petals, and our song “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett was playing. He led me over to our tree which he had engraved “Tracey Will You Marry Me” got down on one knee and popped the question. It was romantic, meaningful and perfect for us!

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Where were you married and how did you pick the place?

The Addison in Boca Raton, we wanted to get married under the beautiful Banyon Trees there as a symbol from our engagement day.

What theme and/or colors have you chosen for your wedding and why?

The colors were blush & burgundy with a rustic romantic theme. We really wanted to celebrate love with a lot of natural wood/rustic elements.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

Hawaii!

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

A trusted friend who was also our décor vendor recommended we visit the store. It was the best decision! The entire staff was incredible and it was actually Patty who picked out the dress I chose! She listened to the details and wanted and found the perfect dress

Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

My experience was perfect. The staff makes you feel welcome, and truly listens to the vision you have for your wedding day. I would have never thought to try this dress on but I trusted Patty’s advice and gave it a shot. I couldn’t believe how much I loved it! It was everything I wanted and instantly felt like a Bride.

What was the best part of your wedding day?

Marrying the love of my life. I feel grateful and blessed everyday that I was lucky enough to have found my soul mate in my best friend.

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Enjoy even the smallest of details. It can be easy to get overwhelmed with the planning but try to remember stay calm and just ENJOY!

Photos by  Donna Irene & Masson Liang

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Love Story: Meresa & Eric

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We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Meresa & Eric, who were married December 16th, 2017.

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When and how did you meet?

Eric and I met in the ER while working. Eric is a fire fighter paramedic and i am an emergency room nurse. It was a few months before we ran a 5k together (as just friends) and shortly after he asked me out on a date and I said yes. The rest was history.

 

How long did you date before he popped the question?

We dated for one year before he proposed.

How did he propose?

He took me to one of my favorite vacation spoke in the Keys, Hawks Kay, he proposed beach side. It was very sweet and romantic. We actually planned the trip together and the proposal was a complete surprise. Eric is really good at surprising me. He set up a little golf cart tour of the property so we could get great sunset photos and had it planned that our driver take “the picture” of him popping the question. After, he planned a romantic dinner at one of the hotel restaurants with after dinner drinks by a bon fire. Needless to say, I picked a good one!

 

Where were you married and how did you pick the place?

We were married at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. We really wanted a destination wedding that wasn’t to far for all of our guests to attend. My wedding planner and sister both recommended the Omni. I did some research on the hotel, and fell absolutely in love. Eric and I actually never even saw it in person and grew attached to all of the amazing staff we had connected with via email. We booked the wedding through phone and email conversations a month before actually visiting the property. I have nothing but great things to say about every aspect of the plantation. It’s just such a breathtakingly romantic setting and everything we had hoped for. And really came to life through the most stunning pictures and whimsical feel.

 

What theme and/or colors have you chosen for your wedding and why?

I choose gold, ivory/ white, natural greens and blues. My wedding designer and floral extraordinaire, Shea Hopely, really opened my eyes to this color pallet. I wanted romantic, elegant, vintage, whimsical with a little shabby chic. We wanted our guests to be able to feel the love we have for each other throughout our wedding weekend. And with that said shea and Our team at creative touch party design ( wedding planner) really helped our vision come to life by adding many small details and personal items.

 

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

The Maldives in South East Asia. We both love the tropics and our dream was to stay in a water hut, relax, and really enjoy each being newly married. After a 24 hour flight and two stops, we arrived to one of the most beautiful serene places I’ve ever laid my eyes on. We took a sea plane to a private resort and spa ( The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi) where we are some of the most amazing food and relaxed in the most tranquil spa I’ve ever been to. It was definitely a dream honeymoon and I was very happy with our choice.

 

Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?

My friend Lindsey Swing recommended I go there to try on dresses and said I would not be disappointed. She wasn’t lying.

Shared your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.

Every dress I tried on was beautiful in its own way, the staff was beyond helpful. I was so lucky to of found my dream dress, after only trying on 5 dresses. Wonderland was the only bridal shop I went to in search for my wedding gown and I’m really happy with my choice. I was specifically in love with the draping of the pearls and the soft lace, absolutely stunning and photographed very well. Thanks again!!

 

What was the best part of your wedding day?

The best part of my wedding day was walking up to my ceremony. I felt like I was in a fairy tail, it was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. All of my best friends and family waiting for me to marry the man of my dreams, and my beautiful husband to be waiting for me to be beside him. Not to mention every single detail of my ceremony turned out exactly how I had envisioned. The chairs draped with eucalyptus, the violin and cellist playing bitter sweet symphony in the background, the amazingly lush florals all around me, the sunset gleaming through the huge banyan trees draped with Spanish moss. It was the most breathtaking moment of my entire life.

 

Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?

Make sure you have fun!! Though my groom really let me plan most everything, he had a few requests and i made sure he got them. I would highly recommend a wedding planner. Creative Touch Party Design was the best investment we made. I literally didn’t have to worry about anything because I knew her and her team would get it done and it would all be perfect!!

 

Photos by Brooke Images Photography

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Please specify any that apply…

  1. Flowers: Shea Hopely
  2. Cake: Omni Hotel
  3. Catering: Omni Hotel
  4. Entertainment: String Theory, and White Tie Events
  5. Invitations: Smock Paper
  6. Wedding Planner: Jessica Weot with Creative Touch Party Design
  7. Hair: Studio Bride
  8. Make Up: Studio Bride
  9. Photographer: Brooke Images
  10. Videographer: 5 Star Production
  11. Decor: Shea Hopely

Inspired: Vintage Looks

Every bride has an idea of the look or theme they want for their wedding. The one word we hear the most is “vintage”. What defines vintage is different from bride to bride. Here are just some of the ideas that brides have of vintage wedding dresses and how to describe them to your bridal stylist.

Old Hollywood

Brides who choose Old Hollywood as a wedding theme are inspired by actresses such as Audrey Hepburn, Jayne Mansfield, and Marilyn Monroe. These women wore gowns that were simple and elegant. When they walked into a scene of a movie, you couldn’t take your eyes off of her. The ways they achieved this was with simple silhouettes and rich fabrics. Here are two examples:

Film starlets embraced their curves and wore fabrics that not only looked but felt luxurious. This satin mermaid wedding gown from our Sincerity Bridal collection enhances a brides shape and has buttons that trail along the entire back of the gown.

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Anyone who has watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s knows that Audrey Hepburn is the epitome of sophistication and elegance. Her signature style was the Tea Dress. To get this look for your wedding we like the clean lines of  this mikado and tulle wedding gown from Stella York.  Add a red lip to either of these two styles for a glamorous effect.

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Rustic

A theme we are still seeing a lot of in weddings is the vintage rustic. Many brides want to feel comfortable but still want to look and feel like a bride. Imagine an outdoor setting near an old barn or in a garden with a lot of flowers and greenery. This bride is looking for a light and lacy wedding gown that maybe won’t have too much beading and possibly a finished hem.

A bride looking for a more fitted style might opt for something off the shoulder to add a little drama to her look. We love this wedding gown from Sincerity Bridal.

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For the vintage rustic bride who maybe sees herself in something a little fuller, this Stella York style is perfect. The combination of Chantilly lace with an overlay of Alençon lace appliques creates dimension. This a-line dress is a beautiful option for a bride who is seeking a vintage and bohemian vibe on her wedding day.

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The Great Gatsby

This novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald about opulence and grandeur has made brides want their wedding day to be an amazing party that is completely over the top.  With that said, this this also applies to the wardrobe of the bride and the bridal party. A bride might find a wedding gown with lots of sparkle or ruffles; maybe even a combination of both.

This stunning wedding gown from Stella York is a show stopper. No one will be able to look away from the bride in this.

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For the bride who wants a gown that is light but still has the drama and sparkle we recommend this wedding gown from Stella York. The beaded detail on the bodice, cap sleeves, and low back leave no questions as to who the bride is.

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Bridesmaids can get in on the sparkle too. We love the sequin collection from Sorella Vita . Your bridesmaids will be excited to wear these bridesmaids dresses again and again!

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Whatever a bride’s definition of vintage is, her wedding should be everything she imagine it would be. All of these timeless looks and more are available at Wonderland Bridal. Make your appointment today!