A Guide for the Plus Size Bride in Spokane

Last week I finally launched the first issue of the Apple Bride Press, an e-magazine for Spokane/Coeur d’ Alene brides, containing this article about shopping for plus size wedding gowns in the Spokane area. It received a lot of interest so I thought I’d post it on the blog too!

Photo and dresses from Allure Bridal

In a world where the average sample wedding dress is size 8-12 and many bridal shops don’t even stock larger gowns, it can be difficult to be a plus size bride…to say the least. The reality is that the average American woman is size 14, leaving a gaping hole in the wedding market. All it took was a plummeting economy for bridal designers the world over to realize they are missing a significant portion of consumers. And now, we are finally seeing national retailers and designers like J. Crew (who announced they are launching a plus size line for Fall 2011), Reem Acra and Allure Bridal carry designs for the larger bride. And the best news of all is that many Spokane area shops are following suit. This means, no matter what size or shape you are, that perfect dress IS out there, you’ve just gotta hunt it down!

We wanted to find out which Spokane/Coeur d’ Alene bridal shops have the best selection, choice and quality for the plus size bride, so we decided to call some of the most popular local shops. We wanted to know firstly, how many sample dresses they have to try on in a plus size and secondly, the highest size they can order up to. In our research we found there is some discrepancy on what exactly qualifies as “plus size.” Some shops said size 14 and up, some said 16 and up and a couple said 18 and up. It’s also important to note some of the numbers of sample dresses below were approximate guesses by the shop assistants, but it will hopefully give you a roundabout idea of what their selection is like.

Here are our findings…

http://www.allurebridals.com/index.phpPhoto and dresses from Allure Bridal

Affordable Elegance (Coeur d’ Alene)
Sample dresses in a plus size: 20
Can order up to size: 32

Bridal Collections (Spokane)
Sample dresses in a plus size: 90+
Can order up to size: 30 w

Celestial Selections (Spokane)
Sample dresses in a plus size: 90-100 (in size 18 and up)
Can order up to size: 32

David’s Bridal (Spokane)
Sample dresses in a plus size: 50-100
Can order up to size: 22w

Marcella’s (Spokane)
Sample dresses in a plus size: about a dozen
Can order up to size: 30 w

Mossuto’s Bridal (Spokane)
Sample dresses in a plus size: 10
Can order up to size: 26 and up

Rianne’s Bridal (Hayden)
Sample dresses in a plus size: a couple
Can order up to size: 38

Read this article posted in Business Week for more info on the plus size wedding industry.

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