Figure Flattering

More than ever before, bridal gown designers are celebrating the many shapes of plus-size women and honouring big, beautiful brides.

Grace Loves Lace’s Sofia is made of super-stretchy lace with a lining that stretches too.

For instance for its 2022 collection, Truvelle, a Canadian brand, paid special attention to “improving size representation.” If you check out the website,, you’ll see the models wearing dresses in sizes 2 to 20. In the words of founder Gaby Bayona, “We wanted curvy brides to truly be able to see themselves in these gowns. Lots of energy has been placed on perfecting our plus sizes, resulting in curve-specific patterns and specialized boning placement. We’re extremely proud to present a fit and form that will make brides of all shapes feel their very best.”

Truvelle’s Lucinda embodies the brand’s confident, effortless style in a cut that beautifully flatters a generous figure. The modern scoop neckline, jacquard fabric and pockets are serenely stylish.

Truvelle, launched in 2013, is the first of four lines now designed and produced in Vancouver for modern brides, and its dresses for curvy women don’t just look good. They’re designed to fit,
provide support and accentuate your natural assets and your style.

Maggie Sottero’s Fern, a scrumptious A-line number with captivating, lacy leaf patterns and beautiful straps, has major wow factor.

On the other side of the world, the Essense of Australia and All Who Wander lines also offer on-trend and classic designs for big brides, with sizes up to 36. Strapless A-line numbers with
sweetheart necklines; satin ballgowns with flirty, off-the-shoulder straps; tiered skirts, embellished sheer sleeves, shimmering bodices and deep-V backs: there are swoon-worthy designs and eye catching details that reflect the latest looks and the diversity of bridal styles.

Sottero and Midgley’s Allen Lynette design has a bodice lined with Swarovski crystals, a gorgeous full, tulle skirt and infinite style.

The long-established Morilee brand, designed by Madeline Gardner, includes the gorgeous Julietta line for plus-size brides. Options range from mermaid silhouettes to glamorous ballgowns and romantic dropped waistlines. Whether you want a classic, ultra-feminine princess gown, a sleek, minimalist contemporary cut or a curve-hugging stunner with a flounced, full skirt, there’s a dress for you.

Maggie Sottero and its other labels, Sottero and Midgley and Rebecca Ingram, also offer a wide range of dresses for big brides, from boho and vintage to sexy and modest. There are options in terms of fabric, silhouette, sleeves, neck and even colour.

This is but a brief sampling of designers and brands offering dreamy designs for full-figured brides. The best thing to do is to try some on, and start by contacting bridal boutiques right here in the Ottawa region. Talk to expert local vendors and explore many different styles, fits and options so that you get just the one that will fit like a dream and make your big day complete.




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