Bridal Beauty Plus

Expert tips to help brides, attendants, and moms of all sizes look wedding-wonderful

By Colette Bouchez
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Feature

Reviewed By Charlotte Grayson, MD

Whether you're the bride, an attendant, or just attending a wedding, if you wear a plus size, shopping for formal wear can be a frustrating and frazzling experience for many women.

The good news is that it doesn't have to be this way. Not only are key wedding-wear designers like Richard Glasgow, Alvina Valenta, Anne Barge, and Kenneth Pool now creating spectacular dresses especially for larger-sized women, many of the moment's most popular wedding styles look great on all shapes and sizes.

"This is clearly the year for the plus-size gal to shine because so many of the top styles are so well-suited for the larger figure -- and that goes for attendants and the mother of the bride, too," says Cindi Freeburn, spokesperson for David's Bridal, the only national chain store devoted to women's formal wear.

To find the style that looks best on you, experts say, start by defining your body type ­ even before you start shopping.

"If you want to find a gown that both fits and flatters, you have to know what you want to camouflage and what you want to bring out, and don't be ashamed to share that information with your bridal consultant," says Marianne Shear, a wedding-gown designer and owner of The Dresser, a bridal boutique in Fullerton, Calif.

If you have to, make a list. And don't be shy about naming your assets!

"Every woman has something about her body that is beautiful," says Freeburn. "For plus-size gals it's often gorgeous shoulders, a beautiful neck, an elegant chest and bust line. And fortunately, these are all features you can really play up in today's wedding styles."

Bridal Gowns That Fit and Flatter