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Bridesmaid Over-Weight? What To Do With Her?

Updated on December 14, 2015
Do you have a bridal-party member that looks like this?
Do you have a bridal-party member that looks like this?

Everyone's Got An Over-Weight Bridesmaid... But How Do You Handle the Situation?

True, you do select your bridal party, but what if your sister or best friend is very overweight?

How do you handle the problem when you don't want to offend them, or hurt their feelings--but at the same time, you've got this vision of your bridal party in slim, sexy, strapless dresses?

You need to open your mind to viable options which will satisfy them and make them look their best, while at the same time, allowing you to realize your dream!

But how do you do it???

This Levkoff bridesmaid's dress is great for a heavier woman.
This Levkoff bridesmaid's dress is great for a heavier woman.

Bridesmaid Dress Manufacturers to the Rescue!

Even though you've got a dream of your bridal party in slim, sexy, strapless gowns, you can give them options. For example, let's say you choose a gown by Bill Levkoff. The dress is strapless, crepe, with a ribbon trim that runs under the bust-line. You choose a dark purple color with black ribbon.

You then choose a Levkoff dress for your heavier bridesmaid that is sleeveless with a V-neck (enabling the heavy woman to wear a regular bra), with a ribbon trim. The dress is crepe, A-line, and very flattering. You once again select deep purple with black ribbon trim.

You've now got dresses that have the same look, in the same fabric and colors. You can offer your bridesmaids either dress, without offending the heavier woman (or women) in the bridal party.

When buying different dresses for the same bridal party, make sure the bridal salon orders correctly!
When buying different dresses for the same bridal party, make sure the bridal salon orders correctly!

When Ordering Bridesmaids' Dresses: CAUTION!

Let's go back to the example of the two different styles of Levkoff gowns. You've selected two different dresses, in the same color and fabric. Now it's up to the store where you purchase the gowns to order them correctly.

CAUTION: The store must note on the order that the gowns, although different style numbers, are for the same wedding. This ensures that Levkoff will cut the gowns from the same dye lot, meaning that the color of the two different styles will match exactly.

Color makes a difference!
Color makes a difference!

More Tips for Success!

* Color is a very important component when it comes to accentuating a woman's body. For example, black is slimming whereas bright red or yellow tend to make one look heavier. For that reason, it's best to go with darker colors. Even pastels come in deep shades and manufacturers make their dresses in a myriad of colors.

* A-Line dresses are the most flattering for heavier women. (See the photo of the Levkoff dress.)

NOTE: If the person in your bridal party who's over-weight also happens to be the maid or matron of honor, it's easy to put them in a different dress; it makes sense.


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