So the most important part is done and you’ve found your perfect plus size wedding dress, now the second (maybe third or fourth) most important thing is to find beautiful dresses for your beautiful bridesmaids.
While you definitely deserve to be in the spotlight on your wedding day, every girl will want her best friends standing next to her to look just as stunning (unless you’re bullied into having your sister-in-law as a bridesmaid, in which case we recommend lime green chiffon for days).
Shopping for plus size dresses that flatter your fuller-figured friends comes with its challenges, so we’ve pooled together advice from some of the world’s most popular plus size bloggers and brands to help you make those wedding photos spectacular.
Plus size blogger Callie Thorpe says “Make a mood board”
Callie started her bridesmaid planning by writing down colours and styles that were important to her, drawing inspiration from her rose gold and morganite engagement ring.
“I loved the gentle blush of the centre stone of my ring so that was how I started the process of my mood board. I created a board on Pinterest and began to pin styles I liked starting with blush colour as my base, then slowly, when I saw other styles I liked I began to form a mood board of not just colours but styles, lengths and shapes.”
Creating a mood board makes it much easier to communicate what your ideas with your bridesmaids, especially an online board on Pinterest which is easily shareable. This means you can involve your bridesmaids in the process, whether they live nearby or not. Hopefully eliminating any vetoes or last minute panic attacks.
Georgina Horne says be kind to your bridesmaids (and think about underwear)
When you’re shopping for a wedding dress, many of them are more structured and – shall we say – supportive. However, this is not always the case when you’re shopping for bridesmaids dressed, which are usually more slinky (totally a technical word) and not very supportive. Georgina asks that you be kind to your bridesmaids, and suggestings thinking twice before insisting on strapless satin dresses for the girl with a pair of 36Js.
Some bodies (and boobies) are just not made to wear everything, so be sure to consider the different shapes and sizes of your bridesmaids, and think about what their underwear requirements will be before setting your heart on bridesmaids dresses.
Brides and bridesmaids – listen up! Please don’t buy dresses hoping you’ll find suitable underwear in due course – sadly some bodies and boobies just can’t wear everything! But also explore your options! My very saggy 36J tatas need no support other than a cleverly constructed Ronald Joyce dress from @edithwinstonbridalwear – I didn’t know such garments existed until I started modelling floofy amazing princess dresses! Shop about and be kind to yourself and your bridesmaids! 👰🏽
The Pretty Pear Bride says to choose the right fabric
The fabric is something that many brides-to-be don’t consider enough when choosing bridesmaids dresses, and they can create very different looks in relation to different body shapes and sizes. Pretty Pear Bride states that heavier fabrics will make a curvier body type look bigger, whereas lightweight fabrics are great for any body type and will look amazing on all of your bridesmaids.
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