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Hi all,

Although my FI and I do not have a date set yet (after 4.5 yrs of engagement), I still like to look for ideas for my eventual dress.

I am plus sized. I will need (currently) a UK size 26-28 dress. Also, I am looking for something unusual. While a white dress would be awesome, I just can't see myself in one. I would love something more fitting to my personal image. I am a rock/goth inpired dresser, so something in black and red would be awesome.

Has anyone here had a similar dress styling/sizing?

Could you post links/pictures of your dresses if you have?

Please also post pitures of you in your plus sized white gowns, it would be nice to see what IS available.

Thanks in advance.
 

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IMO, if you love red and black, then wear red and rock it. However, if you want to wear red just to be different from all the white brides, then go with something else because the "I''m wearing a red wedding dress to be unique" look is definitely not unique anymore. I forget who it was, but one of our posters wore a light greyish green dress and looked gorgeous. I''ll see if I can find who it was.
 

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I know what you mean. Red is a very popular colour choice over the last few years.

So while it might not be as alternative as my taste would be, it would be more comfortable than white.

I never wear white, let alone dresses...so a white wedding dress inspires fear in my poor heart.

I would love a black dress with a red twist if I had a first choice. I just don''t know what style dress would suit me. I have a very large bust, but also a huge "tyre" round my middle so most dresses are NOT flattering to that shape.
 

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I can''t find many black/red dresses but for a white one would you consider something like this?

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ok found lots of Maggie Sotteros


maggie with black detail



Amara Royal Maggie

Fiorenza Maggie

Lana Maggie

Porsha-comes in red also

Vincenza

I only started dress shopping a few weeks ago and I was putting it off as I wanted to lose more weight prior to trying them on. Unfortunately that didn''t happen
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so I had to go anyway and I was so surprised how flattering the dresses were on me. You should go shopping and try on all different types.
 

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Those dresses are stunning, but I doubt they would be flattering on me.

I would love to go dress shopping, but I don''t know if local bridal shops stock very large gowns.
 

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You really will be surprised at what will look flattering. I love dresses that are kind of clingy and I thought they''d look awful on my big posterior but they looked fab! Give a call around. I know in Dublin quite a few of the shops did plus size.
 

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Date: 11/30/2008 10:27:56 AM
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Those dresses are stunning, but I doubt they would be flattering on me.


I would love to go dress shopping, but I don''t know if local bridal shops stock very large gowns.

I totally disagree! I''ve seen these dresses on brides of many sizes and shapes and I have to say that many of them are more flattering on the non-twig women. Give em a try at least.
 

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Where in the UK do you live? There are some shops that specialise in larger sizes only.

I''m confused about if you want the typical bridal gown shape, just red and black, or if you want a red and black outfit without the bridal gown look. I know of someone who wanted green and white and ended up with a custom made white corset and green skirt. I don''t remember the colours of her shoes, and hat & veil, but one was green and the other was white. It fit her personality and was beautiful, and wasn''t quite the typical bridal gown shape and style.

This is one of the bridal shops that specialises in larger sizes in London: http://www.heavenlybodiesbridal.com/
 

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I found a couple by catherine davighi that are black/white or red that are the typical bridal gown shape.

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That first dress that you posted is gorgeous Addy!
 

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They are both gorgeous!!

I would love something that was a definite bridal style, just not white! Unless, of course, I found the most amazing and flattering white gown. Modern gothic inspired gowns are a big contendor. Nothing TOO fussy as it would just add bulk.

Addy, I live in Poole, Dorset.

I just don''t know what style would suit me, being so large and lumpy!
 

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Date: 11/30/2008 11:39:38 AM
Author: merrymunky
They are both gorgeous!!


I would love something that was a definite bridal style, just not white! Unless, of course, I found the most amazing and flattering white gown. Modern gothic inspired gowns are a big contendor. Nothing TOO fussy as it would just add bulk.


Addy, I live in Poole, Dorset.


I just don't know what style would suit me, being so large and lumpy!

I have a friend who is a wedding photographer in Bournemouth. I'll ask her if she knows where some of her less traditional brides get their dresses if you're still looking when I speak to her in a couple of weeks. I can't seem to find any plus sized speciality shops in Dorset on the internet right now.
 

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Date: 11/30/2008 11:44:58 AM
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Date: 11/30/2008 11:39:38 AM
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They are both gorgeous!!


I would love something that was a definite bridal style, just not white! Unless, of course, I found the most amazing and flattering white gown. Modern gothic inspired gowns are a big contendor. Nothing TOO fussy as it would just add bulk.


Addy, I live in Poole, Dorset.


I just don''t know what style would suit me, being so large and lumpy!

I have a friend who is a wedding photographer in Bournemouth. I''ll ask her if she knows where some of her less traditional brides get their dresses if you''re still looking when I speak to her in a couple of weeks.
That would be briliant...thanks
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Bee...I love looking too! I will have to find styles I like and post them here too! That one you posted is beautiful.
 

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Yes! Show us styles you like so we can see if we can find something similar in the colours or sizes you''re looking for.
 

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Oh thanks for that link. Interesting indeed!

Ok, in terms of TRADITIONAL white dresses...these are some that I love the look of...

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And this...

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And another...

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And this!

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And in terms of non traditional, red/black dresses...

I know this is a hand drawn thing but WOWSER...Perfect!

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I LOVEEEEEE the second and last white dresses you posted! Those would be absolutely fabulous!!
 

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You can only see the top, and it isn't a bridal dress, it's Amy Lee from Evanescence...

LOVE this look. I would change the holes and bars on the front...but the general style is great. I love the layering of the black lace under the red straps. I can only imagine what the shirt would look like!

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Neatfreak - That second white dress...I am SO drawn to it, even though it has longer sleeves and I generally prefer capped/shrug sleeves like the others I posted, or straps! Something about that lace across the front above the neckline is so pretty.
 

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Love this for black and white!

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I would add straps to this.

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That''s it for now.

One other gorgeous dress that I cannot find a picture of of the one Phoebe Buffay got married in on Friends.
 

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Oh, there we go. You can''t see the sleeve detail though. That dress made me gasp when I first saw that episode!

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