Beautiful Bridesmaid Dresses Designed for Every Size

Tenley Convertible Plus Size Dress

I was lucky enough to meet Ashley Graham, the unofficial spokesperson for plus size fashion, several years ago at a photo shoot. She's even more beautiful in person and I love how passionate she is about inspiring confidence in women of all shapes.

Teagan Convertible Plus Size Bridesmaid DressPlus Size Bridesmaid Separates

I believe great style should be accessible to all body types, sizes and budgets. That's why I'm so excited to announce that Love Tanya will now be offering sizes 0-32 in every style! The best part is there is no additional cost for larger sizes! Now everyone in the bridal party can shop Love Tanya and try on bridesmaid dresses in the comfort of their own home. Check out our collection of dresses that look absolutely amazing on any size woman.

Decklyn Plus Size Bridesmaid Dress

December 12, 2017 by Tanya Watters
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Everything You Need to Know about Alterations

Literally every time I tell someone what I do, I'm asked if I do alterations. While I can easily hem a curtain or sew on a button, altering a bridesmaid dress is a little trickier. Bridesmaid dresses are made based on standard sizes and lengths so it's pretty common to expect a trip to the local tailor once you get your dress. Read on for secret tips on finding a good tailor!

Tanya Watters With Scissors
Why do bridesmaid dresses need alterations?
Most bridesmaid fabrics do not have any stretch or give so you may have to get a few extra nips and tucks to get the dress to fit perfectly. Remember, you're going to be part of your friend's wedding pictures on display in their living room for years to come. Don't you want to look good? I thought so! Hopefully you read our How to Measure guide before selecting your dress size because it will make your alterations appointment that much smoother. (Hint: Order the size that accommodates your largest measurements). 
What type of tailor should I go to?
A good tailor is hard to find even for everyday alterations so you'll need to do a little homework. You need to find a tailor that specializes in fine fabrics. Often times these tailors will let you know they offer these services by putting a wedding dress in the window. I recently discovered a new game changing service called Air Tailor. They offer expert on-demand clothing alterations nationwide. Once you sign up, you text them what you need done. They send you simple prep instructions and you mail your dress to them using their pre-paid shipping label. Sounds pretty easy and convenient, plus they have a 99% satisfaction rate (btw, I swear I'm not getting paid to say this)! Do you live near a Neiman Marcus or Nordstrom? Not many people know this, but you can take anything to their team of expert tailors and they will provide alteration services even if you didn't buy the garment from them. 
Pink Pin Cushion
When should I schedule my alterations?
Every tailor is different, but I would suggest calling and making an appointment at least a week before you want to see them. Leave at least 3-4 weeks for alterations to avoid rush charges or any mistakes. 
What should I bring to my fitting?
Bring everything that you plan on wearing to the wedding: bra, slip, shapewear and shoes. The right (or wrong) undergarments and shoes can change everything. 
How much will alterations cost?
The cost of alterations will depend on what you need done. The most common alterations are hemming the skirt length, taking in the sides or shortening the straps.
 

Air Tailor Shorten Skirt

Hemming the Skirt

This is probably the most common alteration because bridesmaid dresses are designed for someone around 5'9" or 5'10". You may be able to eliminate this cost by adjusting the heel height, but make sure you choose comfortable shoes for the dance floor!

Taking In the Sides

Sides are taken in when the dress needs to be adjusted to fit your body shape. For instance, my rib cage is small (size 2), but I have a larger waist and hip (size 4) so I would order a size 4 dress and then have the sides of the bodice taken in to measure closer to a size 2. Taking in a little or lot will usually cost the same so don't worry about that when choosing your size. It's better to take a dress in than for it to fit too small. 

Shortening the Straps

This is also a common alteration for me as I have a shorter torso. I don't know about you, but I always hate when my straps keep slipping off my shoulders. Plus can you imagine always fidgeting with your straps while trying to walk down the aisle holding a bouquet of flowers? That’s why I strongly recommend altering your dress’ straps to ensure a snug fit. When possible, I try to add adjustable straps to the design to help minimize this cost. 

If you have any other questions about sizing or fit, feel free to reach out! - love, tanya

September 29, 2017 by Tanya Watters
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Know When to Buy Your Bridesmaid Dress

One of the first questions I always get asked is, "when should my bridesmaids order their dresses?" Buying a bridesmaid dress isn't like typical online shopping so if you want to avoid dress stress, plan ahead.

All of our bridesmaid's dresses and separates are available on a pre-order basis. Our dresses are made to order according to the size chart, not custom to one’s measurements. Standard production time is 8-10 weeks and is calculated from the date we receive all orders from your bridal party. Please keep in mind you may need some possible alterations and allow additional time for alterations after you receive your dresses. 

But first, dress shopping!

5+ Months before the wedding is a good time to start saving your favorite bridesmaid dress styles and inviting your bridesmaids to save their favorites too. It's also a great time to order swatches and finalize your color palette.

Place your order. 

4+ Months before the wedding is an ideal time to order the bridesmaid dresses. Most made to order dresses take between 8-10 weeks to produce so make sure you check production times for each designer. 

The final touches.

1+ Months before the wedding is when the dresses will arrive so you can get any alterations needed for the dress. Plus you'll have extra time to shop for the perfect accessories!

I hope this timeline helps! If you have any more questions, feel free to reach out to us. - love, tanya

June 14, 2017 by Tanya Watters
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Meet Tanya and Learn How She Got Started

Me? A Boss Lady? Ha! I never would have imagined going out on my own, but here I am, taking a leap of faith. When they said life is a journey - they weren't lying! Every decision I've made, and experience I've had has lead me here. Late last year I decided to launch my own bridesmaid collection under my own namesake. Making this enormous decision was not easy, and I've felt so many emotions since then (excitement, fear, anxiety, happiness), but knowing that my friends and family believe in me has helped tremendously!

Let me back up a second and tell you my story. I am the daughter of a very talented designer who founded an award winning bridal company back in 1986. The eighties were all about big sleeves and taffeta dresses, but my mom took a risk and created the original two piece bridesmaid dress that you could truly wear again. Can you believe 30 years later, bridesmaid separates are coming back in such a big way? 

I never in a million years thought that I'd be launching my own bridesmaid collection but never say never. I've always had a tug of war between my right and left brain. In college I changed majors every year - starting in the art school and ending up in the finance school. It's a head scratcher I know :) My interests in both the creative and science of life continued as I worked in accounting, finance, marketing, merchandising and design. 

Looking back I realize I've been preparing for this venture my whole life. The only thing holding me back was me! Finally I realized that the only path to happiness is to listen to my intuition, follow my dreams and believe in myself. It's only now that all of my experiences have led me to follow in my mom's footsteps and become an entrepreneur. I hope you'll join me on my journey as I blog about my new collection, upcoming events and tricks of the trade. - love, tanya

 

 

May 03, 2017 by Tanya Watters
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