Comfort for a plus-sized bride

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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756 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@FutureMrsHallam:  Im a size 22 too. I bought a boustier bra from davids bridal to wear under my dress. At first i was planning on jsut wearing a strapless bra with my dress. the dress i got had a corset back so i figured once laced up my breast would be pulled to the right area…wrong! i dont know if your planning on going with a strapless dress but if you are i strongly suggest a boustier bra. if your having straps or sleeves depending on the back you might be able to get away with just a regular bra. As for the cups, for now id say just look for a dress you like. they usually dont have built in cups. they wont add those until you get to alterations anyway and by then it will be to your size.

Post # 4
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16 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@FutureMrsHallam:  Hey, I’m a size 18. I haven’t tried on wedding dresses yet, but I have a bit of experience with gowns from performing opera and choral stuff. I’ve had to wear corsets to be able to fit into gowns, and all I can say with that is don’t go cheap. I’m assuming your dress is strapless, b/c that seems to be what a lot of people go for nowadays for some reason. It’s honestly going to be harder finding a corset or support garment without straps that will feel comfortable all day. Also, know that any such pieces are never going to be 100% comfortable. In regards to the bra, find an underbra corset so that you can wear your own, custom fitted bra (again, cheap won’t work). Corsets that come with a bra attached rarely work in your favor. I would find a dress without built-in cups. If you can’t find one, have your seamstress cut the cups out and make ones to fit you, then insert and sew those in. Hope I helped 🙂

Post # 6
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6928 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I wore a strapless corseted dress at a size 22 and felt/looked awesome (or so I think.) 😉 It sounds similar to what you’re describing. Here is a pic:

 

Post # 7
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756 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@FutureMrsHallam:  yes that is the same as a long line bra. it sounds like your wanting a strapless style dress but then are adding like spahgetti straps? there are places, not sure where but you can probably google them, that sell beaded or jeweled bra straps. so you can have a strapless dress and still have a regular strapless bra that you attach these detachable fancy straps to and they look like there part of the dress.

a different option since you said you dont have the money to spend on your dress, consider a chinese wholesaler site instead of instore. it saves hundreds and sometimes thousands! pick whatever dress you like, any designer, and they can make it in your size. ive been using dhgate.com. i got my bridesmaids, moms, and two wedding dresses from them. all were lovely and very cheap. my first dress i sold cause i bought it way too early and it didnt fit anymore and end up not liking the style but it was only $140. so now i got them making a differnt one and this one is only $156. idk worth checking out if your on a tight budget like me!

Post # 10
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6928 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

@FutureMrsHallam:  No problems bending over that I recall. When I bought it I made sure it came up high enough that it wouldn’t be an issue though, so it was kind of built in, if that makes sense. I purposely went with that neckline. I’ll be honest, I didn’t do a whole lot of bending over, haha.

Post # 13
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6928 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

@FutureMrsHallam:  Good point about kids! I went and looked because I was curious… Here is one of me with my baby sister. No major spillage. 🙂 It also isn’t as high up as it might look in pics, there was still some cleavage from above according to DH, who is 6’4, haha. I’m 5’9 or so.

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