Photo: Courtesy of Alfred Angelo.You’re madly in love, the proposal was perfect (and wasn’t plastered across a Jumbotron), and you’re excitedly planning the big (or small-but-amazing) affair. But, when it comes to deciding what to wear, us curvy girls have often found ourselves hitting a roadblock, making wedding-dress shopping anything but a joy.
Fear not! We’ve scoured the Interwebs for the best-of-the-best destinations that stock full-figure wedding gowns for a myriad of budgets, locations, levels of formality. And, what's better? We've found fabulous frocks all the way up to size 32. Get to shopping these five stores, bride-to-be, and finally land the dress you've always dreamed of.
David’s Bridal — David’s Bridal is one of the best places to start for a budget-conscious bride. Not only do they stock amazing wedding designers like Oleg Cassini, Melissa Sweet, Galina Signature, and the (swoon-worthy) White by Vera Wang, but the majority of the dresses (including Vera) go up to a size 26W in stores, or up to size 30W for special orders.
IGIGI — IGIGI, best known for its feminine full-figure dresses, also offer a smattering of elegant wedding gowns up to a size 30/32. From formal, lace gowns to more casual (because not everyone is an organza-dress kinda lady) knee-length numbers, every IGIGI gown is figure-flattering and under $600.
Real-Size Bride — While some women worry about buying their wedding gown online, Real Size Bride has taken those concerns into account, offering free shipping and free returns on up to three gowns at a time. With a variety of sexy styles in sizes 10 to 30, the biggest problem you’ll have is narrowing down which three you want to try on.
Alfred Angelo — Always fantasized about looking like a princess on your big day? Look no further than Alfred Angelo. From a mermaid dress inspired by Ariel to Belle’s grandiose ball gown, your Disney dreams come to life in glittering silk and satin realities. And, while they offer up to size 26W, the prices won't run any higher than other fairy-tale dresses found in straight sizes.
Kleinfeld — If you’ve watched Say Yes To The Dress, then you know Kleinfeld. Now, while we can’t promise you a spot on the show, we can say that its website boasts 17 pages worth of stylish, glamorous, and elegant plus-size wedding-day options. The prices may be a bit steep, but if you're ready to make the splurge, this is the place to shop.