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Plus size wedding dresses for the fabulous, fuller figure are now much easier to find on the high street

More and more bridal shops these days are recognizing that the average bride is a size 14 and above and now stock designer samples in store that accommodate gowns for curvier girls to try on.

Gone are the days when girls struggled to find stockists that seemed only to cater for the skinniest of brides. In fact, one such bridal store in England caters only for plus size wedding dresses from sizes 20 up to 36. The store owners found that they had a problem themselves looking for dresses for the fuller figure when they were looking to get married, and so embarked upon their new business venture to help brides in a similar position. On many occasions, they found themselves being told, as other brides do, 'if you're not a 12 or smaller, there's nothing for you here.'

Luckily, times have changed in the wedding industry and many big and beautiful brides are finding gorgeous gowns much more easily.

Top tips to avoid endless trawling around shops are:

Search the internet and directories for 'plus size wedding dresses' and not just 'wedding dresses'

Call before you visit. Make sure the bridal shop stock sample wedding dresses in sizes other than just 12 and below

Check out reviews. Make sure that your chosen bridal store are helpful and accommodating by seeing the experiences of others

Once you find these, you will normally find that they promote a stockists list from which you can find your local plus size wedding dress shops

If all else fails, try the bespoke option and take your fabulous ideas to a dress maker. The idea might sound expensive but can actually work out quite cost effective and ensures that you get the perfect gown, exactly how you want it.

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