Just had to share this with you ladies from our friends at Victoria Kay... Finding the perfect shape dress to suit your figure on your very special wedding day.
There are five popular styles of wedding dresses. 'A-Line', 'Column', 'Empire', 'Princess' and 'Fit & Flare'. All are beautiful, but choosing the right one can accentuate your best assets and hide any areas you’re more conscious of, no matter your shape or size...
Named after the shape the dress visually creates, this style is classic and simple. The A-line dress is fitted around the bodice and flows out to the ground. Its length can range from above the knee to full length that flows into a large train, and it can be made with everything from free-flowing silks to heavier fabrics such as satin. The princess cut version of the A-line dress is more dramatic and emphasizes this style’s clean lines by utilizing vertical panels that run from the neckline to the hem.
Who It Flatters: The A-line dress is a good general option for almost any bride. The full skirt of the A-line can hide a rounder lower body or create the illusion of curves on a narrow frame. If your main goal is to slim, the princess style is a great option that elongates lines creating a slimming effect as the eye naturally focuses on the length of the dress.
As you can probably guess from its name, the column dress has a narrow shape that flows straight down from the top to the bottom. This dress, also referred to as a sheath, tends to hug the body and show any and all of your curves. A column dress can be a simple slip dress to a more contoured dress made of heavier fabrics such as damask.
Who It Flatters: Although a column dress style is timeless, it’s typically not as forgiving as other styles and is best suited for lean brides. Petite brides can look taller and longer in a column dress, but there’s not much room for hiding problem areas. Also beware that some column dresses are very tight and may restrict movement on the dance floor!
The empire dress is unique for its raised waistline that sits just below the bust, from which the rest of the dress flows down. Empire dresses can have varying sleeve lengths ranging from longer bell sleeves to sleeveless, along with different skirt cuts that can flow freely or contour to your body. Additionally, empire dresses are usually made from lighter fabrics, so this style of dress takes on a romantic feel.
Who It Flatters: An empire dress works well on most body types but is specifically flattering for a bride looking to enhance her bust. On the flip side, ladies with large busts also like empire dresses because the traditional square can better cover larger breasts. This dress is also ideal for pear-shaped figures, as it is forgiving of the legs and hips. Because of the room in the stomach area, this is also an ideal dress for pregnant brides.
Princess also known as 'The Ballgown' This is the style of dress that fairy tales are made of. With a fitted bodice and full skirt that can either be one piece or separate, this dress is perfect for big, traditional weddings. You can even pair a princess gown with long gloves and a dramatic train for even more of a “wow” factor. Everything from satin to chiffon is used on top, along with layers of taffeta or tulle on the bottom to create a floating effect.
Who It Flatters: While many brides will look beautiful in a princess gown, the cut is ideal for slender or pear-shaped figures as the full skirt helps to accentuate the waist and hide the lower body. Additionally, this style helps create the hourglass look because it emphasizes the waistline. If you’re shorter, beware that a skirt of this size can overpower a small frame.
Fit and Flare:
Fit and flare is a very figure hugging cut that highlights a woman’s curves. Its silhouette contours to the body from the chest to the knee, and then flares out to the hem. This dress style comes in various versions from strapless, to halter, or trumpet flare and even flamenco—so the sky is the limit.
Who It Flatters: Because of its body-hugging cut, the mermaid is best worn by brides who are confident and comfortable in their skin. It is flattering on slender, short and tall figures, however, girls who love their curves can rock this dress as well.
Finding Your Perfect Size...
Now that you know all about the different styles of wedding gowns, what about the sizing? Sizing can be a bit tricky as pretty much every wedding dress manufacturer has its own sizing chart. If you find a dress you’re in love with, the first step to finding your perfect fit is to be properly measured with a vinyl measuring tape (cloth tapes can stretch) by a tailor at your bridal store. Once your measurements have been taken, check them against the wedding dress manufacturer’s sizing chart to choose the dress that matches your largest measurements (usually if your dress shop is ordering for you, they’ll take care of this step). Don’t be alarmed if your wedding dress size is different than your everyday non-wedding attire. It is quite common for dress sizes to be at least one or two sizes larger than the size you’re used to wearing.
Well, ladies, Saturday the 19th May was a most important and very special day, in more ways than one! Firstly I would like to of course wish Prince Harry & Ms Meghan Markle an amazing wedding day and happy life together. We really do wish them both all the love in the world.
We were all so excited and would be watching every minute of it on TV.
Secondly, who I watched the fabulous Royal Wedding with were the most in-love couple I know...
My very dear Mum and Dad, who were also celebrating their 62nd Wedding Anniversary on the same day as Harry and Meghan say 'I do'. I really do hope Harry and Meghan have as many perfect years, as my wonderful Mum and Dad have had together.
Watching the TV that morning with my much-loved parents was so exciting...
First Glance of The Dress...
Eeekkk!!! Bateau neckline and sleeves...
Simply stunning!!! Clare Waight Keller was the designer of Meghan's beautiful wedding gown #givenchy #royalwedding #stunning
For those of you ladies that have been to see us recently, you’ll know we’ve been saying it’s all about the bateau - off the shoulder neckline!! Who knew!!! So very simple and stunningly elegant...
Looking for something similar to Meghan's stunning dress ladies? Well, we have our beautiful 'Camille' wedding dress with short or long sleeve options... We love it!!! #simple #elegant #meghanslook #teamcurves
Our Meghan Look-A-Like Dress...
Best Dressed Guests...
Hands down for me today the best-dressed guest @amalclooneyofficial rocked it!! #stunning #elegant #royalweddingguest #yellow #blockcolour #elegant #loveit
My second favourite guest of the day... The stunning Lady Kitty Spencer wearing @dolcegabbana #slayedit #stunning
Pretty in pink the beautiful @serenawilliams rocked her curves in @versace #royalweddingguest #pink #curves #versace #stunning #rockedit
The Second Dress...
So relaxed and happy!!! Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they leave for their private reception at Frogmore House...
The bride once again looking stunningly beautiful, wearing a gorgeous silk crepe gown by @stellamccartney and the groom looked very dashing in his evening wear!! Loved every second of the coverage today!! #harry #meghan #windsor #eveningreception
A Little Video of a Truly Gorgeous Day...
Watch the video above to relive the day... As I simply just can’t get enough of this magical sunny spring day... What a truly beautiful wedding! Above are my favourite pictures of the day in the video... Just gorgeous!! Which is your favourite? #royalwedding #harryandmeghan #congratulations #beautiful #natural #smiles #bestdayever
Aw, the first official photos of the happy couple and their bridal party!! Love these relaxed poses!! Nailed it @alexilubomirski #officialphotos #relaxed #lovethem
Well, ladies, if you didn't know already, Celebrating Curves Bridal became a Finalist, yes a FINALIST yet again, but this time in the nominations for the 'I Do Magazine Wedding Awards 2018'.
Eeek!!! The 15th May was the night of the awards, held at the City Hall in Sheffield. I could not believe that we were finalists in the Best Bridalwear category for Yorkshire, we are all SO excited!!
Posh frocks at the ready for the ladies and suited and booted were the chaps...
So on Tuesday night in true glamorous style, my four fabulous friends and I - who have helped me SO much over the last two years and who I truly adore and I couldn’t do it without them, Helen, Benjamin, Dianne and Stephen. Love them all to bits!!!
Yay!!! The night gets off to a great start!! Sitting with the fabulous people from Fairy Tale Wedding Cars and Slaters Menswear and my four fab friends... A delicious three-course evening meal was served and the drinks were flowing very nicely, then the countdown to the awards began…
Well, unfortunately, we didn't win, as we were up against some top respected bridal shops in Yorkshire… But a very good night was had by all!! To be honest it was fantastic just to be nominated.
Oh well..... here’s our sad face - we didn’t win, but what a great night!!!
Just want to take a minute to say a massive thank you to every single person who took the time to vote for Celebrating Curves... Thank you so much to every single bride and groom - it really does mean the world!! We really do have the most amazing brides!!! Now where’s the bar...
We totally understand that shopping for the most important dress of your life can be a nerve-racking and sometimes stressful experience as well as amazingly exciting. So to help settle some of those nerves, we’ve put together this little video slide show, so you know exactly what to expect when you visit us for your appointment. We looking forward to meeting you! If you’ve not booked your 2-hour private appointment yet, contact us now..... it will be fun, we promise!!
So excited and honoured to have the lovely ladies from The Holy Veil feature Celebrating Curves Bridal! Thank you so much ladies...
The Holy Veil via Instagram
BRIDES OF YORKSHIRE: Step into @celebratingcurvesbridal in Sheffield, a bridal boutique for curvaceous women. Renowned for her award winning customer service, Jane is the heart and soul of #celebratingcurves and is flying the flag for fuller figure, plus size brides.
It was after Jane’s own frustrating experience in searching for ‘the one’ that she vowed to make a difference in the bridal industry and opened a boutique where women could come and try on beautiful gowns made to celebrate their bodies.
In a 2 hour private appointment with bubbles and cakes for you and your entourage you will find collections by designers #christinawulove #artcouture #allurebridals #whiterose and #victoriakay who all truly understand the fuller figure bride.
#forbridesbybrides #stylishbride #celebratecurves #curvybride #sheffieldbride #bridetobe2018 #dreamdress #fairytalewedding #plussizeboutique #inspiringwomen #teamcurves #feelfabulous #theholyveil
When you have that proud Momma moment... A big Thank You to Eternity Bridal for sending these fabulous pictures of our very own bride Shelley, modelling at Eternity's very own preview launch last year!! I was so happy to help Shelley fulfil her dream and was SO proud of her!!! FAB-U-LOUS!!! #realbride #modellingjob #livingthedream #proud #bridesbecomefriends #whatanexperience #fabulous #itsmorethanjustadressshop #teamcurves
Well, ladies, this is none bridal related, but a big blast from the past for me that I just had to share with you... A few of you ladies have asked if I’ve always been in the bridal industry? Well, the answer to that question is a simple No! I had a very long and successful career in the travel industry, long before I came into this wonderful wedding industry. I just came across this photograph (below), so thought I’d share! A picture of me in my first ever job... Probably around 1983/84, I think... Wow just look at that perm!!! LOL!!!
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