New Post has been published on PLUS Model Magazine and Blog

New Post has been published on

Plus Size Bridal Spotlight: Show Some Color On Your Special Day With These Non-White Wedding Gown Ideas

Plus Size Bridal Spotlight: Show Some Color On Your Special Day With These Non-White Wedding Gown Ideas

Traditionally, brides wear white on their wedding day. But it is YOUR wedding day. So if you don’t want to wear white, there’s nothing wrong with that. There are beautiful options out there for those curvy brides who want to add a bit of color to their special day.

It’s your day so be true to yourself and wear what you think will make you feel your most beautiful. And don’t just stop at the gown. Some women have been known to wear blue or red shoes with their gown… some even have worn sneakers! As you will see below, there are ways to still wear white but incorporate pops of color or stay traditional and go the black and white route. No matter what, on your big day, wear what you love and just know that it will be magical.

Here’s some fabulous non-white wedding gown ideas – please note that while you may not see a plus size model in some images, all of these dresses are available in plus sizes. Most designers and bridal shops will customize and special order your dress. So don’t be afraid to ask questions and try on dresses in-store, if you can.


Sydney’s Closet, Ingenue Gown, Sizes 14 – 32

Gown available at Cherry Blossom Bridal

Alfred Angelo, Style 218, Sizes 0 – 26W

Black and White/Champagne:

Alfred Angelo, Style 2368, Sizes 0 – 26W

Maggie Sottero, Cosette Gown – style 3MT781

Kleinfeld Bridal, Isaac Mizrahi Strapless Tea Length Gown in Organza


Pops of color:

Alfred Angelo, Style 876, Sizes 0 – 26W

Alfred Angelo, Style 1516, Sizes 2 – 26W

Full Color:

Unforgettable Collection by Bonny Bridal, Style 420, Comes in black (left), wine (right) and champagne

Vera Wang, Spring 2013 Bridal Collection, Katherine Gown


Watters Wtoo Camilla Gown, style 18836, Sizes 0 – 24

Julietta by Madeline Gardner, Style 3118, Available in White, Ivory, Rosa. Sizes 16W- 32W

You can shop any of the bridal retailers mentioned here by clicking on the links below:

Alfred Angelo (They have a plus size collection but ALL of their dresses are available in plus sizes, some up to 30W)

Sydney’s Closet (Offers up to a size 32!)

Watters Wtoo

Cherry Blossom Bridal

Julietta by Madeline Gardner (The Julietta line runs up to a size 32, the Morilee line runs up to a size 28)

Kleinfeld Bridal

Maggie Sottero

Vera Wang at David’s Bridal

Bonny Bridal

Check out our Curvy Girl’s Engagement Guide here.

To read our article Top Bridal Designers/Brands You Should Know, click here.

To see our plus size bridal section on the blog, click here.

Check out our April 2014 issue of PLUS Model Magazine …The Beauty & Bridal Issue featuring cover model Jessica Milagros

{130 days} Vera Wang's Rules for Saying 'I Do'

Vera Wang’s design portfolio spans far and wide into 40-plus categories, but her reputation as the go-to wedding gown designer is far from waning.

There’s no question she knows what works fashionwise for that trek down the aisle, and here are Wang’s Top Ten Wedding Day Dos. 

1. “Feeling comfortable in your appearance is incredibly important. If you feel comfortable with the way you look, you will radiate the most confidence.”

2. “Determine what kind of wedding you are having. The volume, silhouette, proportions, amount of adornment, tailoring and other elements of the dress should have a lot to do with not only where you have your wedding, but what time of day it is being held and what the temperature is. [The dress is] not only about how it looks on your body.”

3. “It’s really important to see the whole look — the dress, the headpiece, the size of the bouquet and the shoes. I would even go so far as to include the makeup. A lot of girls put a tremendous amount of effort into the dress, but they don’t give a lot of thought to the headpiece, tiara, barrettes or other accessories. Very often they are an afterthought.”

4. “Go easy on the bouquet. Bouquets that are too large or too loud will detract from the dress.”

5. “Hem lengths are very key. You have to make sure you don’t see the shoes. The dress should definitely be floating above in the front. If it is too long in front, it’s treacherous. In order to make a wedding a success, the bride should not have to lift the dress. Someone tripped in my most recent show. It can be a particularly long walk down the aisle.”

6. “Makeup is another thing to think about. I’m not crazy about strong red lipstick with a white dress. If you never wear blue eyeshadow or purple eyeshadow or glitter, why wear it on your wedding day? You want to avoid any makeup that makes you look disguised or that makes you no longer look like yourself. That is huge. It should be the same with the hair. Sometimes stylists can get too elaborate with hair styles and colors. Wearing [hair] accessories and [bobby] pins are very much about editing.”

7. “I have to say I prefer a shoe on the quieter side whether it is a fashion shoe (though it doesn’t have to be) or something with a bit of a wedding feeling. I like a shoe with a tapered toe box. I’m not someone who is into a full-on Swarovski-covered glittery shoe. I don’t think you want that much attention. A little kitten heel is nice if you are marrying someone shorter than you, or a platform if you are marrying someone taller.”

8. “It is just as important to have black-and-white photography done as it is to have color. Black and white is chic and timeless.”

9. “Step into your dress whether it is large or narrow. There are things no one can compensate for. I once had a bride get red lipstick on the front of her dress when she pulled it on over her head. Keep anyone with colorful drinks, beverages or makeup away from you.”

10. “Savor the moment. There’s a tendency when people get married to rush down the aisle as soon as the ceremony has ended. I’m not sure if it’s relief or what. But you have to remember the guests spend most of the time looking at your back during the service. So much work goes into planning. Take your time when walking back down the aisle. Let them see the dress.”