Wedding dress shopping is supposed to be a super magical time where you and your friends and family gather to find The Dress. Being a plus size woman, I had my reservations that I would get that experience. So I reached out to the bridal shop in Austin that claimed to cater to ALL brides (they specifically mentioned plus size) and told them what I was looking for, what my size was, and would they be able to accommodate me. They scheduled a time for me to come in, and so I showed up for my appointment with 2 bridesmaids. I left in tears. The whole experience was awful and humiliating and I was absolutely heartbroken. You can check out my review to see exactly what I had to say about the experience.
I wasn’t going to be daunted though. I knew there was gorgeous plus size dresses out there because I’ve seen them online. So I decided to order my dresses from online boutiques and see how that went. (Spoiler alert: IT WENT REALLY REALLY WELL!)
I needed two dresses; the first was for the Catholic marriage ceremony that would be in a church with our immediate family an a few friends. I would be wearing it with my mom’s lace veil, which was made from the lace from my grandmother’s wedding dress. So it was super important that the dress be classic, timeless, and extremely elegant. I chose the Amour Lace Wedding Gown from Kiyonna, and it was absolutely perfect! It was extremely comfortable, and with a small heel, it was just the right length.
Hair and Makeup by Jennifer Cunningham, pictures taken at Terradorna
I felt like the most timeless and chic bride in this dress, which is exactly what I wanted for the church ceremony.
For the second dress, I wanted something with a bit more personality. We had a fun ceremony that we put together with a friend officiating on the real wedding day. I wanted something that would look good with my pink sash, and would be a bit more laid back and fun. Thank goodness for awesome bloggers, because I totally found my dress on a blog I read! I was checking out Sometimes Glam (which you should totally be reading) and Crystal did an awesome series on wedding dresses. For the Whimsical Bride, she had this utterly amazing dress from Modcloth, and I was like. OMG THAT IS IT. I quickly ordered it, but was a little worried about sizing. I’ve never ordered from Modcloth, and wedding dresses can be pretty tricky. So I went 2 sizes up figuring I could tailor down a lot easier than trying to add room. It worked out perfectly! My amazing seamstress, Leslie of Lillian Mae Bridal, was able to take in the top, and shorten it just a touch. It was exactly what I wanted for my wedding day!
Hair and Makeup by Becky Joyce, picture taken at Terradorna
Last (but certainly not least) was my reception dress. I knew I would want to change and be more comfortable for the reception, dancing, and karoke, so I went looking for a fun white dress that would be comfy and cute for the party portion of the night. Torrid did not disappoint! I found a fun white lace skater dress (this one is similar) that was perfect for celebrating. I paired it with some cute black flats, and this awesome Dia de Los Muertos headband hat thing. I loved my reception look!
I totally forgot to get a picture of the outfit, so here are some good dance shots!
I could not have been happier with my choices on wedding dresses. First of all, I saved a BUNDLE. My Kiyonna dress was $324, my Modcloth dress was $110, and my reception dress was $65. I felt absolutely beautiful in each and every dress, and was able to be comfortable and enjoy my time as a bride. Now if I could just finish my thank you notes……