When Katelyn Veldman-Landers married in 2019, she had a checklist for her wedding dress: comfortable, stylish, timeless and to make her feel like a star. “I wanted to be able to eat the amazing dinner I chose, dance all night and not feel embarrassed at all,” says Veldman-Landers.
Since it wasn’t a standard dress size, Veldman-Landers knew she had to dig seriously into wedding dresses to find a dress that would complement her curvaceous body. “I had so many designers on my love list that I wanted to wear, but I quickly realized that most of the clothes weren’t my size,” she explains. “I was incredibly disappointed with the quality, fabrics and designs that I saw. I was so uncomfortable with the whole thing and didn’t want to have any negative experiences in the store, so I went with Custom. It was the best decision I made. My designer Catherine Langlois designed my perfect dress and made me feel good. “
Liza Litvinovich for Mango StudiosKatelyn Veldman-Landers took the tailored route when she couldn’t find a curved wedding dress that she loved.
Made-to-measure items are a great option, especially if you have specific needs and requests for your dress. Bridal is slow to offer a full range of sizes, but that is finally changing as more top lines now offer a full range of styles to suit every body.
Amber McCulloch is a fashion influencer and plus-size model who is getting married next January. She has worked as a fit model with select bridal brands that are driving the wedding style industry.
“Designing for plus sizes isn’t as easy as adding a few yards of fabric,” says McCulloch. “Things like lace placement, beadwork, cup size, and the internal support structure of the dress are important considerations.”
Here are nine curve-friendly wedding fashion brands that absolutely get it.
Melissa Sweet for David’s brideMelissa Sweet For David’s Wedding Dress, davidsbridal.com
This popular brand offers sizes up to 30W and includes an outstanding selection of styles from designers such as Melissa Sweet, Vera Wang and Oleg Cassini.
Christian SirianoChristian Siriano dress, christiansiriano.com
The designer’s 2021 bridal collection, which has just been launched, is one of his strongest to date – and the best thing about it? Each dress is available up to size 28.
Disney fairytale weddings by Allure BridalsDisney Fairy Tale Weddings By Allure Bridals dress in Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay, thebay, .com
Disney Fairy Tale Weddings Collection by Allure Bridals
The happy ending begins with this bridal brand that offers dresses – styled and named after Disney princesses like Belle, Tiana and Sleeping Beauty – up to size 30.
Pnina I came backPnina Tornai Dress in Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay, thebay.com
Pnina I came back
The love collection 2021 by the designer “Say Yes to the Dress” offers the brand’s most curve sizes to date. The brand also offers bespoke adjustments, so any dress can be made to fit any body shape and size.
HotHot dress, torrid.com
This popular wedding dress brand offers a beautifully curated selection of styles – from sleek cases to swinging, strapless ball gowns – in sizes 10-30.
Maggie SotteroMaggie Sottero dress, maggiesottero.com
Exquisite lace dresses in classic silhouettes are the hallmark of this brand, which offers dresses up to size 28.
House of CBHouse of CB Dress, houseofcb.com
House of CB
The British label launched bridal fashion last year and offers modern, cool and curve-hugging styles up to size L +.
BHLDNBHLDN dress, bhldn.com
This wedding line from Anthropologie (pronounced “beholden”) offers an airy vintage-meets-bohemian atmosphere and a size of up to 26 W.
Julietta by MorileeJulietta By Morilee Dress, morilee.com
Julietta by Morilee
Designed exclusively for curvy brides, this line always features the best trends and silhouettes of the moment in sizes 16 to 32.