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Wedding Dresses For The Curvy Bride

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Dresses for the curvier bride have stormed catwalks for the last few seasons, as more designers are recognising the growing demand of bridal looks to suit the curvier shape.

We take a look at what shapes and styles are out there this season, so you don’t have to!

Ballgown 

Guaranteed to make any bride feel like royalty, this style is the perfect choice for ladies who want to highlight their chest and cleavage while minimising attention on their lower half.

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Shauna Lynette from Maggie Sottero / Style 6432+ from Stella York

We love ballgowns that featuring layers of tulle, lace and embellished details. Be careful not to over-accessorise with this look, let the dress do the talking.

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Style Number 3252 from Morilee / Macey Lynette Curve from Rebecca Ingram

The ballgown is one of the most comfortable wedding dresses you can get married in. As long as the fit is correct, trust us, you won’t want to take this dress off.

Mermaid

A sexy, seductive and stylish way to show off your body on the big day. Not only do mermaid (or fishtail) gowns feature a fitted silhouette to smooth out any troublesome areas, the careful skirt placement emphasises an hourglass shape.

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Miri Plus from Pronovias / Style 88051 from Justin Alexander

When it comes to the neckline think strapless, or for added support try cap sleeves. Closely fitted from the chest down, a mermaid dress shoots outwards at the knee for an eye-catching flare.

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Kris from Studio Levana / Style 119251W from Martin Thornburg

For plus-size brides, they are the ideal shape to create a natural curve in your body which mimics the gown.

V-Neck

Many curvier brides want to highlight their best asset on their big day – their cleavage.

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Style 88021 from Justin Alexander / Style 3251 from Morilee

Low cut wedding dresses are a sexy choice, women want to use their day as an opportunity to wear a dress they would normally not get to wear.

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Phaedra from WTOO by Watters / TC-W402 fro True Curves

If going for a deep V on its own is too daring for you , combine this with a sleeve perhaps to guarantee everything stays in place as you walk down the aisle.

Sheer

One thing we love about plus-size dresses is that many feature seductive sheer panels on the sleeves, necklines and waist of the gown.

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Style 119282AW from Martin Thornburg / TC-W400 from True Curves

This popular style is a great way to show off a hint of flesh without getting carried away.

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Benicia from Maggie Sottero / Ardelle Lynette from Rebecca Ingram

We particularly love sheer fabric when used in place of straps. Almost any strapless can have these added, this can give some extra support if you need it.

Lace

Lace remains one of the wedding world’s most popular and celebrated fabrics when it comes to wedding dresses.

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Shiran from Studio Levana / Davenport from Modeca

While many plus-size dresses abandon the favoured fabric for ruched satin or tulle, lace is still fantastic for brides wanting a more traditional day.

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Style D2433+ from Essense of Australia / Style 88049 from Justin Alexander

You can use it as a decorative feature as well by increasing its usage around the neckline.

Blush 

Coloured gowns have become more and more popular in recent years, and blush is a popular choice in the WJ office.

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Grace Loves Lace / Cathrine from WTOO by Watters

This feminine colour is a romantic colour ideal for a winter or spring wedding with a pastel colour scheme.

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Garza from David’s Bridal / Style T11966 from Sophia Tolli

It lends itself well well to ballgown silhouettes, combined with modern features like feathers, dramatic ruffles or intricate sparkles.

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