Plus-Size Wedding Dresses

A long-neglected segment of the bridal market is finally coming into its own: Plus-Size Wedding Dresses.

A modern plus-size bride looking chic AF

Theia Curve Collection at Lovely Bride | Chaz Cruz Photographers


It's about time!

Designers and the wedding industry at large have realized that the average woman may not be model-thin, but she IS fashion savvy—and confident enough to show off her curves! It's great that today's plus-size brides have a variety of on-trend options when shopping for their dream gown, but there are a few considerations unique to her experience.

Vintage plus-size wedding dresses from ModCloth

ModCloth


Style Tips:

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Dresses For The Curvaceous Bride – The Designers We Love:

Some designers actually specialize in creating glam gowns for real women, rather than simply "sizing up". You want a designer that understands and appreciates your body type! Some of our faves:

You'll also find a vast selection of plus-sized bridal dresses at stores ranging from Kleinfeld to David's Bridal to ModCloth!

Julietta Collection Plus-Size Wedding Dresses | Morilee by Madeline Gardner

Morilee by Madeline Gardner


Shopping Tips:

When it comes to shopping for a plus-size wedding dress, size matters! It usually comes as a surprise to brides that bridal salons don't typically carry all dresses in all sizes. In fact, the majority of bridal "samples" (the gown you'll try on in the store) are stocked in sizes 8, 10, and 12.

To make matters more complicated, bridal gown sizes do not correspond to regular clothing sizes (they're generally smaller), so your best bet is to ignore the number and focus on the fit and feel. Bottom line: You won't necessarily be trying on the actual dress—or even the actual size—at your dress shopping appointment. What's a curvy gal to do?


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