I’ve never let a lack of cooking ability stop me from posting about food and recipes, so it seems perfectly fine to post about being a plus-sized bride despite never having been a bride.
While I don’t get the whole “this-is-the-most-important-day-of-my-life-so-it’s-okay-to-spend-a-year’s-worth-of-mortgage-payments-on-a-dress” phenomenon, I grudgingly accept that many (most?) other women do place great importance on such things and get hyper-stressed over the selection of said dress. I’ve served as a crying shoulder to numerous friend-brides and, nowadays, mothers-of-the-bride to know this firsthand, but if I hadn’t, I could just tune in to shows like Say Yes to the Dress, TLC’s weekly peek into the drama associated with finding The Perfect Dress. And there’s lots and lots of drama.
Somewhere along the way, someone at TLC realized that the plus-size bride frequently has drama-plus. Not only does she face the typical bridal stresses (self-induced or not), but she also faces a different set of issues related to her size. To demonstrate these frustrations, TLC will broadcast six episodes of Say Yes to the Dress: Big Bliss which will focus on larger-sized brides and the problems they encounter in their search for The Dress. The series-within-a-series starts this Friday, October 1st. TLC also offers a variety of tips and articles for plus-sized brides HERE.
Other resources for the plus-size bride:
Kleinfeld (the wedding gown people from Say Yes to the Dress! offers Tips and Ideas for Plus-Size Brides (They’re supposedly pro-plus-size, but I haven’t seen any curvy models in their site photos. Of course, I only looked at one page. :))
Plumage – a blog with fashion and beauty tips for the plus-size bride. Not a weight loss forum; instead, it focuses on “being comfortable in your own skin now“.
Interesting Article: Online Marketing and the Plus-Size Bride
I understand that every bride wants her guests to think she looks beautiful on her wedding day, but to me the more important thing is that she feels beautiful and that the man (or woman) she’s marrying sees her beauty. Those two things alone make for a magical wedding. *happy sigh*
To be honest, I’ve never seen a bride who didn’t look beautiful, but in almost every case, it’s been a direct result of the happiness radiating from within, not from an over-priced dress. (In a few cases, the difference between the aisle march and the bride’s “everyday look” was amazing simply for the brilliance of her smile and the elegance of her posture.)
Were/Are you a plus-sized bride? What was your experience? Any regrets? (With the wedding, not the marriage. That’s a whole different topic. )