Plus Size Wedding Dresses

Did you know, many bridal shops don’t carry plus size wedding dresses? That means, if you are a size 16 in a wedding dress or larger, you wouldn’t even be able to try on a dress that fit you at any of these stores.

At Fantasy Bridal, we celebrate every bride no matter their size, age, or walk of life! That is why we carry dresses size 0-30 in every style. We want you to feel beautiful and excited while finding the dress of your dreams for your wedding day. Take a look at some of our favorite Plus Size gowns currently in store!

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Custom Wedding Dresses

Since you got engaged you have likely found dress inspiration and perhaps even the perfect dress on Pinterest and/or Instagram. But, when you bring those photos to a bridal store you find that dream dress you found is either incredibly expensive or a custom gown unable to be found in any store. Before you go and give up on your dream wedding dress, give our consultants a chance to recreate that dream dress you have your heart set on.

At Fantasy Bridal we have a team of seamstresses that can make customized changes to your gown. We also have experienced consultants who can pull gown options you may not have considered – including pieces from our separates collection. With these resources your dream dress is closer than you think!

Here are some of our brides who customized their wedding dress to achieve there desired look:

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Custom bell sleeves added to create a more bohemian style gown.

 

This is just a small taste of the customizations Fantasy Bridal can help you make to your gown. Before you know it you will have your dream dress! Now don’t wait any longer and book your appointment to find your dream wedding dress today!

When to Buy your Wedding Dress

You’re engaged! Now comes the moment you’ve waited so long for – you get to find your wedding dress! The big questions is, WHEN is the right time to buy your dream gown? Luckily, we have the answer.

 

Bridal experts recommend purchasing your wedding dress 7-10 months prior to your wedding day. Many brides wonder why they need to make this decision so far in advance. The reason is that it’s not just as simple as just selecting your dream dress. There are many steps involved prior to ultimately taking your wedding dress home.

First, your gown will be ordered from the designer. It can take anywhere from 3-5 months from the time the dress is ordered to it arriving in store. Occassionally certain dresses can arrive sooner, but you don’t want to count on it. 3-5 months is the standard time frame for most designers.

You might wonder why you need to order in your dress instead of purchasing the one you tried on in store. Most bridal shops won’t even consider selling their sample dress to you, because then they won’t be able to show it to any other brides until they get a replacement (which again would take 3-5 months). It is in your benefit most of the time to order a new gown anyway. You get a dress that has never been tried on, in the best size for you. You can also take advantage of different color and length options.

 

Second, when your dress finally arrives in store it will need to be fitted to you. Very rarely do wedding dresses fit properly from the get-go. Depending on who you select to alter your gown, this process can take 1-3 months. Fantasy Bridal does have an alterations department and loves to help our brides acheive a proper fit in their gown!

Finally, after your dress has been altered, you are able to take it home with you! So you can see, giving yourself the 7-10 months will allow you to get the dress of your dreams without having to compromise on what you want.

What should you do if you don’t have 7-10 months before your wedding? There are bridal shops who cater to brides who don’t have this time frame. Call around and find shops that will sell sample gowns off the floor. Fantasy Bridal has a selection of over 1,000 gowns in store almost all of which are an option to be purchased off the floor.

 

There you have it! Do yourself a favor and give yourself the time needed so that you can truly have the dress of your dreams.

Long-Sleeved Wedding Dresses

With Winter in full swing, we can’t help but have long-sleeved wedding dresses on the mind! But don’t be fooled, although long sleeves seem ideal for Winter weddings, they are actually acceptable year round!

We have brides all through the year wearing long sleeve wedding dresses, and they look fabulous!

 

Here are a few of our current favorite long-sleeved wedding dresses in store:

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Book an appointment at Fantasy Bridal today to see these and other long-sleeved wedding dresses!

 

 

Congratulations on your Engagement! What Now?

Congratulations! You’re recently engaged and you have no idea where to start with all the wedding planning that needs to be done.  When looking at what needs to be planned, the three largest components of your wedding day are your budget, venue and wedding dress. These three are what set the tone for your wedding day and are crucial to getting started.

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Figuring out the budget is the first thing you must know in order to know what money needs to be allocated to each aspect of the wedding.  Without this you will have no clue where to start.  The venue is important because it may be one of the most expensive aspects of the wedding day.  The venue also might have things included with the price like, linens and tables, that would help you from having to include that into your planning.

When it comes to finding your dream wedding dress, you may have dreamed about the perfect princess dress since you were a child or you have no clue how to even start.

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Creating a Pinterest Board that’s dedicated to your wedding day will help narrow down what it is that you’re looking for.  Anything from finding your color scheme or elements that you want included on your wedding day (ex. your dog or floral arrangements) will help guide your overall wedding look to a theme.

Having this Pinterest Board will not only help guide you in the direction you want your wedding to go in, but by showing your wedding dress expert your Pinterest Board, it will instantly give them a good idea of the direction you’re going for without even seeing dress ideas.

In the bridal industry, they suggest finding your dress at least 7 to 10 months prior to your wedding date.  That being said, Utah is a whole different industry when it comes to wedding dresses and most girls have a shorter engagement period.  At Fantasy Bridal, we sell most of our dresses off of our sales floor to make it less stressful and more convenient.

Here are a few brides that have found their dresses through us!

Making the Most of Minimal

In the recent royal wedding, Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex, showcased not one, but TWO, on-trend minimal wedding gowns. And wasn’t she stunning!

The mantra “less is more” certainly applies to current bridal fashion trends. Minimal gowns fill bridal runways across nations and it’s easy to see the appeal. With soft fabrics and light details, the bride is sure to shine in a minimalist gown.

 

Now it’s your turn to feel like royalty! Come try on these favorite minimalist styles in our shop today:

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Rebecca Ingram style Ada, Fantasy Bridal store number 130086.

 

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Ida Torez style Barcli, Fantasy Bridal store number 128241.

 

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Sincerity style 4031, Fantasy Bridal store number 130045.

 

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Sweetheart Bridal style 1133, Fantasy Bridal store number 130052.

 

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Maggie Sottero style Odette Marie, Fantasy Bridal store number 130061.

 

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Morilee style 6883, Fantasy Bridal store number 130166.

 

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Maggie Sottero style Cora, Fantasy Bridal store number 129007.

 

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Willowby by Watters style 50300, Fantasy Bridal store number 130172.

 

Book your appointment with Fantasy Bridal today to find the minimal dress of your dreams!

“Scenes from the Fitting Room and Beyond”

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(All names have been changed, even if remembered, as this scene happened about 11 years ago.)

Mothers of the bride come in all shapes and forms. One of the most memorable mother’s of the bride was a woman named Mrs. E. Mrs. E was quite the character. She had spiky gray hair, a short stocky build, and an effervescent personality. She would come in to make payments on her daughter’s dress and flip out an accordion wallet full of credit cards. Invariably, the card she chose would decline. Mrs. E would then spend the next 10-15 minutes on her cell phone paying down one credit card with another so she could make a $50 payment. Mrs. E also requested that we track each payment so she could determine what she was paying on the account as well as what her ex-husband was paying. A lot of the payments were by check or cash, and at that time our computer system and credit card payments did not interface, so there was no way for us to know how much was paid by whom. She was disappointed that we could not track this for her. On her daughter’s fitting day, Mrs. E came up to the front counter and said to Annette, “Let me show you something,” while reaching into her shirt. Annette had a flash of surprise and concern all at once! Mrs. E requested a tissue as she reached into her bra. Annette was visualizing the worst: she was frightened that Mrs. E would be flinging her breast out on the front counter. Instead, Mrs. E proceeded to bring a sugar glider out of her bra. The sugar glider was angry at having been disturbed from its nap, and promptly urinated on the counter, hence the need for the tissue. Annette then noticed that Mrs. E’s shirt was far from clean, so she asked, “What happens when he needs to go potty?” Mrs. E replied, “He just goes.” I’m sure the look on Annette’s face must have been priceless. Apparently, not only one sugar glider but two lived in the woman’s bra during daylight hours. Mrs. E then explained that the sugar gliders are nocturnal, and had free reign in her spare bedroom at home at night. She also explained that the male sugar glider had bonded to her, and also urinated when he saw her husband. Mrs. E placed the sugar glider back into her bra. Movement could be seen beneath her shirt, circling inside her bra as the creature settled in for the rest of its nap. Small bulges were now apparent beneath her armpits that hadn’t been noticed in passing. Sugar gliders were a fad that year: we had a bride that owned one that brought it to her fitting. At least she carried her sugar glider in a pouch!glider_6

© Stacy Van Dusen/Fantasy Bridal, “Scenes from the Fitting Room and Beyond”, 2015]. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Stacy Van Dusen and “Scenes from the Fitting Room and Beyond” with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

FAQ: How many people should I bring to my bridal appointment?

I know it’s tempting, but believe me, please believe me, only bring 2-3 guests max with you to your appointment. One of those guests should be a key person like a mom figure and perhaps one other person that may want to share in the experience. Keep in mind, the popular reality TV shows that have multitudes of guests shopping for a bride’s wedding dress are full of drama to get the ratings. Do you really want an excess of drama while picking out the dress of your dreams?

This past weekend, we had a lovely bride and she elected to go against our suggestion of the 2-3 guests. Our shop has a lot of seating, but when we have 5-6 appointments scheduled at the same time, finding seating for more than 15 people becomes a problem. This bride brought 8 people with her. Had these guests been supportive of the bride, it may not have been an issue, other than limited seating. One of the bride’s party had the audacity to tell her that she would look f*t in anything she chose: and she did not mean fit! Okay guests, if you are not coming to support the bride in her choice, please stay home! In our shop, we do not use the F word!

Honesty is the best policy, right? I have to go with my cute Grandmother H. on this one, she used to say “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” There are classy ways with decorum and finesse to tell a bride that her waist looks amazing in one gown over another, or that she has beautiful collar bones showing her gorgeous skin in a gown, or that the gown is showing all of her curves in a perfect way.

Brides, remember, the more guests you bring, the more opinions you have. Do you want your gown to be a committee decision? Or would you rather have the decision based on what you want your special day with your man to look like?

Members of large groups are tempted to pull gowns for you, thinking they know just what you need. Your “helpers” may be bringing silhouettes that have been eliminated, sizes that don’t quite work, their taste in dresses over yours, or gowns out of your price range. Realize that we do know the gown selection, and although we are open to suggestions, our team of able stylists is asking the right questions to narrow down your choices.

I am all for bringing that key person that knows you well and will help you with your decision. Just be sure that this person has a way to be kind to you in the process. We love our jobs as bridal stylists and consultants, but it really becomes difficult if not impossible to be the referee or psychologist when there is tension in the group. The likelihood of us helping you to find the gown and you feeling great in it becomes slim to none.

Copyright© January 2015

– Stacy L. Van Dusen, Business Manager/Owner, Fantasy Bridal

Top 5 Wedding Dresses for a Winter Wonderland Wedding

Winter Wonderland weddings are magic and beautiful – and if you are planning to have one of these, you will definitely want your gown to fit perfectly into the background. Good news is that there are a lot of wedding dresses that go amazingly well with Winter Wonderland weddings. We have gathered the top 5 ones in the following list so make sure to read on.

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  • A ¾-sleeved, sheath lace dress. The grace and femininity of lace combined with the beautiful line created by the sheath silhouette can really add a lot to your wedding look. Even more than that, it will be perfect for a winter wonderland wedding!
  • A fit and flare gown with a ruffled organza skirt. Winter Wonderland weddings tend to be a lot about the grace of snow and about the magnificence of winter. This gown’s dress will fit perfectly into the snowy background and it will make you appear like the marvelous Snow Queen of the night.
  • A stunning tulle and lace, ballgown for the princess in you. Ballgowns will always make ladies feel special and if you want your gown to look just as grand as Winter herself, this is precisely the kind of design you should be looking after. Paired with the femininity of lace, this gown can really make you feel gorgeous.

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  • A fit and flare sweetheart-neckline dress in ivory. Lace is one of the world’s most beloved wedding gown fabrics and not without reason. Choose a fit and flare gown to make you appear taller and pick it in ivory to add just a bit of at your Winter Wonderland reception.
  • A tulle and lace quarter-length sleeved dress. Pick a quarter-length sleeved dress if you want to add a bit of that “cool weather” feeling to your dress. With tulle, lace and flower appliques and with a beautiful sweetheart neckline, this gown has the ability to bewitch – and even more so when placed in a “winter-y” background.

For the perfect Winter Wonderland wedding dress, come check out with the beautiful options Fantasy Bridal brings forward. We guarantee you’ll love the great style and quality of our fabulous designer wedding dresses!

Add Sparkles To Your Dress For Your New Year’s Eve Wedding

Having a New Year’s Eve wedding is a great idea especially if you want this night to be absolutely special. Although the two celebrations sometimes seem very much different from one another, the truth is that they are much more similar than we even realize – especially when it comes to the fact that they both celebrate new beginnings.

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If you want your dress to look stunning for your NYE wedding, don’t forget to add some sparkles to it. There are many ways you can do this, but we have picked up some of the best ones. Read on and find out how to make your dress (and yourself) SHINE for the Big Night!

  • If you want to be fully non-traditional, pick a dress that is entirely made out of sequins. It can be silver, champagne-colored or it can even come in various shades of white as well.
  • Picking a white dress with sparkly details is a great choice for those who want to feel glamorous without losing the “traditional” feeling of a wedding. There are many areas of the dress where sequins and sparkles will look marvelous: around the neckline/décolletage, as a “belt” for the waist, around the rims of the dress, on the veil or even delicately sprinkled on the entire surface of the gown.
  • If you want your gown to be simple, you can always choose sparkly accessories. A pair of glittery silver shoes, a clutch purse with sequins or hair accessories that sparkle can add a lot of glamour and style to your look.

Fantasy Bridal can provide you with a huge range of wedding gowns to choose from. Our dresses come in a large variety of designs and styles to suit any kind of wedding theme and every kind of bride as well – so do not hesitate to pay us a visit before the Big Day.