Shopping for a wedding dress isn't always the joyous experience it's cracked up to be ... especially if you're a plus-size bride and they wrap you in an elastic band beforehand.
Seriously, this happened to Chastity Garner.
A stylist herself by profession, Garner recently had a horrible experience in a bridal salon, which she described to The Huffington Post:
"When I went in to get fitted [for a wedding dress] they wouldn't put the gown on me because the gown was a size eight, so they pushed it up to me."
Then, she recalled, "they took an elastic band around my body and held it up ... I thank God that I'm a stylist and I know what works for me."
"But what about all those girls who don't have that eye?"
Everyone's different, so if you're a plus-size bride - or any bride-to-be for that matter - fashion experts suggest shopping for a gown that flatters your body type.
What does that entail exactly? It just depends on you.
"Top-heavy brides with hourglass figures look great in trumpet silhouettes, whereas an A-line cut is better if you're bottom-heavy," says one expert.
Meanwhile, options such as empire dresses or ball gowns may look more flattering, as will figure-flattering fabrics such as taffeta, which is thicker and smoothing.
No elastic required.