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February 6, 2011

Trudys: Gorgeous with Curves

Not every bride is a “perfect 10”. In fact, sizes 14 and 16 are the two most common sizes ordered according to a bridal gown designer. This is apart of why Trudys has their annual Gorgeous with Curves Event and line. The “Gorgeous With Curves” line includes approximately 25 wedding gowns, in sizes 16 thru 26. Trudy has over 30 years’ experience in their salon, and has often heard customer’s comment on their sizes and shapes. Today’s fuller-figured brides are more common and of course simply want to look fantastic – just like anyone else. Yet these ladies usually assume that their options are limited to modest styles or those designed to conceal certain aspects of their bodies. We want to celebrate curves, with Trudy and the rest of you Brides on Sunday March 6th, 2011 at the Pruneyard Plaza Hotel. There will be featured Bridal Gowns by MoriLee, Pronovias, Enzoani, Alfred Angelo, Casablanca, and many more.


December 29, 2010

A Tip or Two to Pulling Off the Plus Size Bridal Gown

If you are plus size like me, you know how much different it is to find the right wedding dress. Some may even say it’s hard to find. You can’t approach wedding dress shopping the same as most brides, walk into a store and be able to try on almost everything. I suggest you embrace that most gowns will have to be held up to you an ordered from the designer or online.

Go in to the store feeling proud of your body and don’t let any sales associate get you down.  If they feel you are uncomfortable they will be too. You, no matter what size, are still the princess bride and deserve to be treated the best.

My dad and I

Sometimes you have to go off your gut instinct and try a few dresses on that you wouldn’t normally or that wouldn’t normally be suggested to your body type. For example, countless times when I was shopping the stores would suggest I stick with empire waist or A-line dresses. I tried on many of these types of dresses, but was never quite happy enough about any of them. I was so in love with mermaid and other more form fitting dresses that I picked a few out to try regardless of what I was told to stay away from that cut of dress. Doing this, I stumbled upon a fit and flare dress that looked more than amazing held up to me. It gave me the feeling of a more fitted dress without it being overly tight like a mermaid would have been. Of course I ordered this dress, went through all the fittings and wore it on my wedding day.

The back view of the dress

On my actual wedding day the dress went off beautifully, I felt gorgeous in this dress. I did not feel self conscious or fat. I was so thankful that I ordered a dress with a lace up back, because this meant if I gained or lost weight I had a bit of leeway. I waited till the last minute to get into my dress, with the help of my makeup artist and hairdresser, who cinched me up good.  I was all set to get into the car and be dropped at the ceremony, I felt like a million bucks.

The bolero jacket and top of dress

At the garden jaws dropped and people were full of smiles and whispers of how beautiful I looked. It was a hit.

April 12, 2010

The Dress: Bringing the Bride to Tears of Joy

Yes everyone, I am so excited to announce I found my wedding dress! It finally happened where I had that special moment everyone talks about. I got really overwhelmed by how beautiful it was and started to cry because I was that happy.

It all started last weekend when my fiancé and I went out to lunch in down town Redwood City in California. The view from our table looked out across the street and guess what was there? Yes, you guessed it a bridal boutique. How could I pass it up? The gorgeous white gown in the window drew me in like a fat girl to a piece of chocolate cake (I can say that because I am that girl). I asked my fiancé if he wouldn’t mind stopping in on our way out and he said, “sure”. Don’t worry he didn’t see the actual dress I chose.

The bridal boutique is called Mariel’s, which is family run and has been open for over 30 years. A mother and daughter team both named Mariel operate the store. The boutique carries designers such as La Sposa, Mori Lee, Moonlight Couture, Allure Bridal, Casablanca, Sottero Midgley, Winnie Couture and of course my dress which is a Maggie Sottero.

The day we went in after lunch they kindly let me look through all the dresses on the rack even though we had no appointment and they were quite busy. I asked the owner for an appointment for that coming Monday evening and I took the last opening.

When arriving back at the store I knew that this would be an interesting experience, since this store was filled with designer dresses with sample sizes ranging from 4 to an 8. There would be no actual trying on. Regardless, Mariel the daughter and her team of women treated me like the princess bride unexpectedly. Never did I feel uncomfortable for being plus size. They were honest with their opinions and when we found the right dress Mariel and my jaw dropped as we saw the garment beautifully against me. It was a fitted A-line gown a with corset closure. The style featured a notched neckline with a radiant beaded empire accent. The ruched bodice extended into this glamorous asymmetrical draping throughout the skirt. And the train pulls to the side hip in extraordinary fashion. It also had a bolero featuring a beaded motif on the lapel to complement the design of the dress. It was the most gorgeous thing that I have ever seen, to my taste of course. After a moment or two I realized this was it. There was no thinking or question about it. I started to tear up and I told them how happy and overwhelmed I was because I did not expect to find THE one that day. Which is why I didn’t bring anyone with me like my mother or bridesmaids. They took my measurements and information and I signed the papers acknowledging that there were no returns after ordering.

Today, Wednesday I went back in to finalize payments and pick out my veil and rhinestone headband. They are both amazing and go perfectly with the dress. I can not wait till my dress comes into the store so I can try it on with my shoes and everything. I am so happy I have checked one more thing of my wedding to do list and I can hardly wait to report back to you how the entire outfit looks. More coming soon!