10 Smart Buys Every Curvy Bride Needs On Her Wedding Day

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Congratulations! You've made it through months of table planning, wedding dress fittings, bridesmaid dress shopping, invite writing and cake sampling and finally – the big day is in sight! The wedding you've been dreaming of is almost here, and you're feeling pretty confident that you've got just about everything covered, right?

In all the excitement of the big-day plans, there are a few extras you might not have thought of, that will ensure your special day goes off without a hitch. But don't worry – from clever curvy-figure underwear options to sore-feet saviours, here are all the ingenious buys you need to make your wedding day the best ever. 

1. A Bolero



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We all know how unpredictable the Great British weather can be. Even if you're one of the lucky few to have a wedding day full of sunshine, it's likely that – come evening – the temperature will have dropped and it could be feeling pretty chilly. Invest in a bridal bolero that covers your arms while complementing your dress to perfection. That way you can stay outside with your guests to the wee small hours.

2. Control Pants



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Oh control pants, where would we be without you? If you like the idea of actually being able to relax in your dress without the worry of any big-day bloat, then a pair of holding-in pants is an absolute must! There's a whole host of options available, so depending on the style of your dress, you can pick a pair that's perfect for you. Go for a pair that match your skin colour so that they're invisible under your gown, and make sure you try them on with your dress beforehand to save any VPL mishaps on the big day. 

3. Emergency Flats



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If you're planning on dancing into the small hours with friends, family and your new hubby on the big day (and who wouldn't?), then the last thing you want is the worry of your wedding heels stopping you!

You may not have had a chance to wear your wedding shoes leading up to the wedding, so if they turn out to be uncomfortable then packing a pair of emergency flat shoes could save the day. Look for a pretty pair in white or ivory to match your dress, or be daring with a pop of colour to match the bridesmaids!

4. Waterproof Mascara



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This may sound obvious, but you'd be surprised how many brides forget this very important wedding rule, and then end up ruining their lovely make-up before they've even reached the end of the aisle. Although you'll most likely have a make-up trial leading up to the big day, it's important to fully test the products you'll be using in all scenarios – and that includes happy wedding tears. Try a few different waterproof mascaras to find the right one for you. 

5. A Corset



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Long gone are the days of scary-looking corsets that don't allow any breathing! Now it's easy to pick up some really clever shapewear that works hard to pull you in at all the right places. In addition – thanks to a whole host of pretty corsets with different styles and designs – you'll have something that looks great under your dress, too!
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6. A Purse



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Although it's unlikely you'll want to carry a bag with you on your wedding day, find a cute little bridal purse to pack with some necessities that your most trusted bridesmaid can look after. Opt for a small material purse that matches your wedding colours, and make sure it's packed with blotting sheets, lippy, tissues, deodorant and even some snacks – just in case the excitement gets too much and you forget to eat!  

7. Gel Plasters



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We all know there's nothing worse than foot pain thanks to some uncomfortable new shoes, and your wedding day is the last place you want to be worrying about sore toes. Invest in some gel plasters that can be worn either on the balls of your feet or on your ankle, depending on where the pain is – so you can keep on dancing way into the night.

8. Perfume



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We love this idea. Instead of using your usual perfume for your wedding, why not treat yourself and buy a special new fragrance instead? Not only will you love spritzing it when the big day finally arrives, but every time you smell it afterwards it will remind you of your magical day.

9. A Sewing Kit



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None of us like to imagine that something as horrifying as a broken strap or burst seam could happen on your wedding day, but it never hurts to be prepared for any kind of clothing-related emergency. Whether one of the bridesmaids gets too ambitious on the dancefloor and breaks her dress, the groom gets a bit tipsy and loses a button, or your dress needs some quick alterations, a sewing kit could save the day. 

10. Hair Grips



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Chances are you'll have planned the exact hairstyle you're going to have on your special day for a good few months beforehand, but no amount of preparation can guarantee that wayward weather or an over-enthusiastic hug from a guest won't cause a hair meltdown. Pack some hair grips in your purse and any kind of hair emergency can be quickly pinned back to perfection. 

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