When brides visit Strut, we usually sit down and ask what gown styles they are most interested in trying. Some come with a list (we love it when you bring photos!), but most brides really aren't sure what wedding dress style fits them best. But when I ask what they're NOT interested in, they almost always say, "mermaid!", with a great deal of conviction. In fact, that word is usually followed by, "Because it would look terrible on my body."
Ok, brides of Phoenix, Glendale, Chandler, Tucson and beyond, please repeat after me: "I will look beautiful on my wedding day, and that may mean trying on mermaid wedding dresses. Also, Ann is really pretty."
Ok, maybe not that last part, but the key here is to have an open mind when you come in. Truthfully, the key to wearing a mermaid or trumpet wedding dress when you're a plus size bride is this: you need a defined waist. That's it (apple, pear, and triangle shaped ladies, yes, we'll avoid that rack for you). I can find a great gowns for brides from 4'11" to 5'10" and beyond.
As proof that plus size brides CAN wear fitted mermaid dresses, I wanted to show you some photos from our fashion show at Phoenix Pride weekend.
Here's ChrisShaundra in Eden Bridals 5097:
Heeelll-o! Doesn't she look HOT?! This is a satin mermaid wedding gown. It features a deep v neckline with a bit of beading just under the bust line. It also has a bubble hem, which is a more youthful, nontraditional look. Here's a view of the back:
I will admit, if you don't like your curves, if you think your hips are too wide, you won't like the way these dresses hug and show them off. But if you think your curves are beautiful and sexy and want to look "BAM!" on your big day, this might be the dress for you (but hurry–if you think this dress really is for you, it has been discontinued and we have just one, in a sample size 20).
We have more subtle mermaid styles, too. This wedding gown on Stephanie is 1367, also from Eden Bridals.
It's a fit and flare style with organza overlay. This tank style wedding dress also has a deep v neck and wide straps, with a ribbon and flower detail at the waist.
It looks gorgeous with just those two simple strands of pearls. This dress is another one that could be a great informal wedding dress because it doesn't have a train, and the organza overlay is a lighter look (as opposed to satin).
Photography by Bill Christ.