OH EM GLEE, we love this!
How many women spend hours, weeks, even years planning their wedding? It doesn’t event matter if there’s a husband involved, yet! Well, when Curinne Polizzi got engaged to her hubby, she spent the same time, including tons of time searching for a bridal shop that specialized in plus-size wedding gowns. She found plenty of stores and brands that offered some plus-size dresses, but none that sold them exclusively.
“How odd is that?” said Polizzi. “It’s New York. It’s kind of like, wedding central.”
When Polizzi talked to her fiance, Paul Infantolino, they didn’t even “have a conversation” and decided to use the money they were going to put toward their wedding to instead open their own bridal shop.
In addition to their wedding money, they added extra funds to create Ivory & Main on Main Street in Sayville.
“We wanted a really elegant, chic kind of a place that people could come in and feel comfortable and think, ‘Wow, this is a plus-size store?’” she said.
Well, it worked! The 1,350-square-foot space is stuffed with plus-size bridal gowns, mother-of-the-bride and bridesmaid dresses, and options for wedding guests! The boutique carries sizes 16 to 32 (a size 14 wedding gown would be closer to a size 10 or 12 dress, so it makes sense not to carry below a 16), with most of its sample dresses in the 22 to 28 range. They do offer straight size bridesmaid gowns… which makes sense to cater to straight size guests and bridesmaids. Hmmm… if only straight size wedding stores would carry OUR sizes!
Polizza’s store carries brands that range in price, but many of their bridal gowns range from $1,200 to $2,500, which are fairly reasonable prices for Long island and NYC gowns!
“[The brides] really just feel like it’s judgment-free,” she said of Ivory & Main’s atmosphere. “They can feel themselves, they don’t have to worry about getting undressed, and they just feel comfortable because they know that pretty much everyone in here is plus-sized.”
Polizzi’s business is believed to be the only exclusively curvy bridal gown boutique in New York, according to Yelp and XO Group Inc., which owns wedding website TheKnot.com. They also sells plus-size lingerie and gifts for wedding parties!
Polizzi believes that the fall will be one of the more popular seasons for brides-to-be booking appointments, adding that some women come from as far away as Louisiana and North Carolina to try on gowns.
The local reception to the boutique has been positive since the shop’s opening, Polizzi said. Holbrook resident Kathleen Dugan, 32, said she discovered online that a lacy, floral Wtoo by Watters gown she had her eye on was available at Ivory & Main, so she stopped by with her sister, Erin Villa, to explore the selection and try on what she thought was her dream dress.
Instead, Dugan wound up falling in love with a strapless Essence of Australia gown dripping with jewels that her sister picked out. She loved it so much that she said yes to the dress that day, surprising even herself.
While Polizzi is now helping other brides-to-be get down the aisle, she and Infantolino still have yet to tie the knot. They say they’d rather focus for now on the business and raising their daughter, Gianna, 13.
“It’s not that big of a deal,” Polizzi said. “We know neither of us are going anywhere.”
Yay! We love this!