In the wake of Maura Kelly’s “fat people rant” on Marie Claire’s blog and since the beginning of Say Yes to the Dress: Big Bliss, I have been slapped-in-the-face aware of how little plus size clothing I share in the Daily Dress feature. This really bothered me, because as a plus size woman myself, I understand how frustrating it can be to find clothes that fit and flatter at the same time. Stores geared toward plus size girls don’t really seem to get it, either. They throw on extra ruffles, embellishments, and patterns to disguise bad cuts and unflattering shapes.

If I have such a hard time finding cute clothes for just work and play, I can’t imagine the added pressure that a lot of plus size brides might feel when shopping for a wedding dress. So I went searching for the perfect plus size dress, and let’s just say this: there’s not much out there. But don’t let that get you down! I did come away with beautiful options for girls like me: we may have a little extra weight on us, but we still want to look chic, elegant, and sophisticated on our wedding day.

Alfred Angelo has a nice selection of bridal gowns that are available in plus sizes. I really love the asymmetrical lace and beading which creates nice waist and carries the eye down the body.