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Plus Size & Nervous

Recently we have had a lot of calls from brides and/or their family and friends explaining the nerves and worry over trying gowns on. This isn't unusual, us brides are worriers it comes with the territory but recently we've had a lot of these calls from brides mainly upset and anxious because of their size.

It makes me genuinely sad to think that there are brides out there who aren't excited by the prospect of trying on dresses. So for this reason about 3 years ago we started adding to our collection by creating a specific Plus Size selection of dresses which didn't take long to grow to over 30 gowns with another 8 more due in the late Spring early Summer.

Wedding dresses are not cheap, as you brides well know, so it's not easy for us stores to stretch our buying budgets making it possible to get all shapes and sizes on the rails. Yet we felt it was 100% necessary to ring fence some money and put that aside to ensure no bride came into store and couldn't at least see something she could try on.

We did some research and from the start we avoided those designers that only made plus size gowns or designers that provided ranges only in plus size. We never wanted a separate collection of gowns, for a start it felt like we were saying oh you can't wear this how about these "special dresses" - it just felt wrong. What helped was that we actually thought our current designers offered better designs, structure and support anyway - so we got ordering!

Now we had a plan, and boy do I love a plan, off we went to shows and catwalks and found our most favourite dresses and then ordered 2 of each making sure to include sizes 18/20/22/24 and 26. This meant our brides could still peruse the rails of gowns for things they liked and then we could just pull out the slightly bigger style for comfort or at least something similar.

Occasionally we get some hilarious and funny brides who come in and just ask to be pointed to the bigger sizes, they are embracing their figures and making it light hearted and a giggle during the appointments and for those brides we direct them straight to the size 18+ gowns but sometimes you just want to browse which was why we went down the duplicate ordering road rather than "specials" so you can check all gowns and hopefully something you love in a smaller size we will have duplicated for you to try!

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