The wedding industry is a constant celebration. The cake, décor and exquisite details can make anyone giddy; but what about the bride… the plus size bride? Is she as excited to go dress shopping as her size six counterpart? Does the full figured woman find inspiration as easily as petite women? “I knew I wasn’t the only woman going through this. Women all over the world fall in that category of struggling to find inspiration that includes images that look like them,” says Shafonne Myers owner and editor in chief of Pretty Pear Bride (PPB).
Pretty Pear Bride began as a blog where plus size brides could find bridal inspiration they longed for. On March 21st, PPB published its first Spring quarterly magazine as an extension of their website.
According to Myers, PPB is becoming an outlet for women to look to as the standard of what’s happening in the plus size bridal world. The mission was evident: merge a love for blogging and wedding planning with creating a place for plus size brides to see themselves in wedding inspiration.
She is not speaking from inexperience.
“I am a plus size woman and was a bride as well. I felt that huge void,” Myers explained. “Two or three years ago the fashion plus size industry wasn’t where it is now. This is a huge market! I believe we still have a long way to go. It’s twinkling down to the bridal industry—slowly but surely.”
PPB has resonated well with women because of its relatability.
Women can now flip through a magazine and see beautiful women just like them. They can now gaze upon glamorous potential gowns. Ladies can read and observe pictures of themselves. Realizing they too can be as beautiful and glamorous as everyone else, because there is now a reputable outlet.
In this case seeing is believing.
“When you have a group of people that don’t have a certain something, and you reveal that need to them they feel important. Full figured women rarely see themselves in magazines. Pretty Pear Bride offers that. It’s a huge confidence booster,” Myers said.
Myers is proud to be a certified wedding and event planner. The constant testimonials renew her love of the industry.
“It’s an overwhelming feeling of success. I am doing a good job. I am helping someone. That in itself is true success,” she says.