Not a size 8? Join the majority of women. Forty seven per cent of us are size 14 or over, so that's roughly half the female population. Therefore, there are many and various flattering wedding dresses around that are designed specifically for the curvier bride, and if you follow a few simple rules you're guaranteed to look gorgeous.
Rule one: go for a simple, elegant style with clean lines. Forget the fairytale puffball look and think classic. An unfussy silhouette and no frills and furbelows will work best. And don't choose a dress that's overloaded with glitz or glitter or flowers.
Rule two: home in on your assets. Curvy girls usually have an enviably good bust, and necklines that reveal and enhance a tempting cleavage will be stunning. The halterneck is especially flattering to well-endowed ladies, as is the scoop, sweetheart or V neckline.
Rule three: make sure you're well supported. A great dress won't work its magic if you're drooping or uncomfortable on the big day. Get measured for a bra that will really fit and enhance your shape, and won't look bulky under delicate fabrics. And don't be too proud to sample the wonders of 'magic pants' - as Trinny and Susannah have told us, they really do smooth out lumps and bumps and give you a sleek silhouette. Browse our range of wedding day secrets for lingerie that will enhance or disguise those natural assets on your special day. Wear your control lingerie and amazing bra when you're trying on wedding dresses, to see what the eventual effect will be.
Rule four: if you do have body hang-ups, such as less than slender upper arms, then just go for a style that draws attention away to your great bits! Choose a long-sleeved dress or add a pretty shrug or bolero, meanwhile showing off that killer cleavage. If you prefer a suit to a dress, then a matching dress and jacket are a very sophisticated alternative. Goodbye Cinderella, hello Belle!
Don't forget too that the accessories and the weddings shoes are what will really make the dress extra special. Browse our range of gorgeous wedding shoes, exquisite wedding bags and sophisticated bridal gloves for inspiration.
For more style hints and tips on how to make your big day go smoothly, click on our wedding information pages. We are adding to them all the time so make sure you visit us again.