By Lizzie Thomson published
The festive period is the most popular time of the year to get engaged. So if your Christmas was made extra special with a surprise proposal, now is the time to start thinking about plans - starting with your all-important wedding dress.
Many women worry about finding the perfect dress within their budget, but wedding dresses don't need to cost a fortune, the high street boasts a stunning selection of gowns that could rival many high-end designers. Regardless of your size or shape we've found an affordable style that will look great on you!
Shopping for a plus size wedding dress doesn't have to be stressful. Our small piece of advice? However tempting it might be to wear something out of the ordinary, stick to styles that suit your shape and you'll feel on top of the world on your special day. So whether you're busty or bottom heavy, we've got a plus size wedding dress to flatter your body and to suit your taste.
Here's a selection of our favourite dresses on the high street right now:
This flattering fishtail shape skims the body and the beaded waistband draws attention to your waist. This modest piece is perfect if you're looking to cover your arms as it features super-feminine flute sleeves. If you want minimal fuss, this elegant dress could be the answer.
This 50s inspired prom dress is great for creating the illusion of an hourglass shape, with its nipped-in waist. The delicate finishing touches, including the the decorative, semi-sheer sleeves and scalloped eyelash lace hem, make it the perfect occasion piece.
This Grecian-inspired dress will not disappoint. The flattering empire line fit will nip you in at your smallest part (your waist) and skim the rest of the body. Plus the jewelled waist (embellished with pearls and frosted gems), adds a real sense of occasion to the dress - perfect for dazzling guests on your big day.
On your special day, you need a dress you can rely on, so if you're busty (or heavier on top) a supportive dress is essential. The bodice on this stunning dress has structured boning for a flattering and uplifting fit. The dropped shoulder sleeves are perfect for covering your upper arms and are embellished with delicate beading - ideal if you want a splash of sparkle that doesn't dominate the dress.
On your wedding day, a show-stopping dress is essential and this beautiful piece is adorned with beads and sequins. This dress will flatter your shape if you're bottom heavy, by skimming your thighs and bottom. Plus the light-reflecting embellishments will make your skin look more radiant - perfect for pictures that will last a lifetime!
This fabulous midi dress is super flattering all over, from the feminine flute sleeves to the floaty skirt that skims your hips and thighs and adds movement to the dress. It's also perfect for dancing!
Lizzie Thomson is a regular contributor to woman&home, and also contributes to Metro.co.uk, Ideal Home, Culture Trip, and Evening Standard, covering all things lifestyle.
Shoveling snow is actually really good exercise, if you have the right technique
Turn shoveling snow into an effective workout that can burn calories and build strength
By Stacey Carter • Published
The best whitening toothpaste for a brighter smile, recommended by dentists and tested by us
Achieving a whiter smile doesn’t have to be costly. We’ve found best whitening toothpaste to help brighten your teeth
By Stacey Carter • Published