Whether your are a curvy first-time bride or more voluptuous older or second-time bride, here are some resources and suggestions to make your special day memorable. Also shop options for bridesmaids, special guests such as mother-of-the-bride, and honeymoon fashion.
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Amazon offers a selection of formal and destination wedding gowns. Also a good selection of bridesmaid and mother-of-the-bride dresses. Use the search box for wedding accessories. Labels and brands change frequently here, but the easy to use size finder is available up to size 34W.
Amerimark carries value priced dresses appropriate for the mother-of-the bride, and other more mature special guests or wedding party members. Size 6 to 26W.
Ashro has one of the best collections of both jacket dresses suitable for mothers-of-the-bride, and white or ivory church suits appropriate for second time and older brides. Size 6 to 26W.
Catherine's has a lovely selection of moderately priced special occasion dresses appropriate for the mother of the bride. Often has offerings in plus-size petites as large as 5X. Size 16 to 32W.
David's Bridal offers a selection of wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, and mother-of-the bride styles ready to ship instantly through Amazon, without waiting for a custom order. Size 0 to 26W.
Draper's & Damon's is a popular shopping destination for evening separates such as coordinating chiffon palazzo pants, evening tops and jackets, and skirts in styles appealing to those looking for mother-of-the bride options other than dresses. Size 4 to 26W.
Dillard's offers an excellent and deep selection of cocktail and formalwear dresses appropriate for the mother-of-the-bride with some selections for bridesmaids and the informal bride too. Particularly good selection of formalwear with jackets. A few plus petite sizes available also. Size 0 to 24W.
Dress Barn carries an extensive collection of dresses and evening separates appropriate for guests and the mother-of-the bride. Prices are moderate. Misses and petite size 0 - 16, Women's size 14 - 24W.
eBay can be a gold mine for brides looking for unique, unusual finds or working within tight budgets. A certain amount of savvy is necessary to search and locate everything from custom made theme wedding gowns to favors and wedding party gifts. Plentiful "Buy It Now" offerings make it easier for those who dislike the uncertainly of the bidding system.
eShakti has a frequently changing
collection of vintage inspired dresses including options suitable for
bridesmaids at less formal or 50's vintage theme weddings. Prices are
moderate with customizations to tweak fit and styles for a nominal fee. Hem
lengths, sleeves, and neckline alterations are available for most styles.
Size 0 - 38W.
Hips & Curves has one of the best collections of sexy plus-size lingerie on the net. They have beautiful, silky peignoirs and baby dolls; lacy corsets, panties and garter belts; lovely sensuous gowns; slinky body stockings; sophisticated bridal lingerie for under your gown and to take on the honeymoon. Size XL to 6X.
Izi Dress carries an extensive and deep collection of formalwear and cocktail dresses suitable for wedding guests, mother-of-the-bride, bridesmaids and the bride herself. Styles appropriate for casual beach wedding to formal black tie affairs. Fashion forward and bridal trend conscious silhouettes include mermaid gowns, ball gowns, a-line dresses, and other popular styles. Strapless and bra friendly or sleeved styles are available. Budget friendly, direct-from-manufacturer pricing. Free shipping on orders over $180. Custom measurements can be used for a nominal $25 surcharge. Size 2 to 26W.
Kiyonna is best known for their lace cocktail dresses and jersey maxi dresses, both of which are very popular mother-of-the bride selections with full-figured women. Size XL to 5X.
Light in the Box is a find for full figured brides on a budget. You'll find top styles you'll recognize from elsewhere at a fraction of the price. Why? You buy direct from the wholesaler. Gorgeous wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride options and even dresses for your flower girl. The best news is that most gowns are available up to size 26W. Or you can have your dress custom tailored to fit your measurements for a very small extra fee. Great option for talls, petites, and super size divas. Styles range from casual to very formal, and delivery is often faster than most bridal shops. Size 2 to 26W.
Macy's frequently has an excellent selection of plus-size social dresses available on-line, including more formal selections appropriate for guests of all ages, bridesmaids, and the mother of the bride. Women's size 14 to 24W.
Midnight Velvet carries a selection of damask, brocade, and evening suits appealing to the mother-of-the bride or older second time brides. A moderately priced dress collection can also be a good resource for wedding guests. Size 6 to 24W.
Neiman Marcus carries luxury formalwear with cocktail dresses and formal gowns from names such as Carmen Marc Valvo, Marina Rinaldi, and Kay Unger in women's sizes, and other upscale designer labels in extended misses sizes on the main rack. The Wedding Shop carries size 0 to 18; Misses size 0 to 18; Women's size 14 to 24W.
Nordstrom offers wedding gowns and high end designer dresses suitable for mother-of-the-bride, guests, and bridesmaids in the misses department up to size 18. A large inventory of special occasion gowns and dresses are also regularly available in women's size 14 to 24W.
Sydney's Closet specializes in formal gowns for black tie events, weddings, prom and bridesmaids. Gorgeous selection of wedding gowns, including designs exclusively for them as part of their Signature Collection. Good selection of bridesmaid dresses also in both misses and plus-sizes to fit the entire bridal party. New this season - cocktail dresses for those attending the wedding and mother of the bride gowns. Size 14 to 44W.
Target now carries a line of classic, simple chiffon bridesmaid dresses in a variety of lengths, bodices, and sleeve styles. Pale pastels such as pink, blue, and green provide the core of the collection. Low to moderate prices. Size 4 tp 28W.
Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman has a beautiful collection of cocktail and evening dresses suitable for the mother-of-the-bride, and occasionally bridesmaids. Size 0 to 18.
Unique Vintage carries an eclectic collection of vintage style gowns and dresses ranging from Art Deco Flapper styles to 1950's New Look gowns. Formalwear designers regularly carried in larger sizes include Mori Lee, Mac Duggal, Faviana, and Madison James. Size 0 to 30W.
Ulla Popken carries mostly more casual dresses for work and play, but occasionally, especially in the holiday season they have more special occasion wear that makes good selections for the mother of the bride or even the less formal second time bride. Size 12 to 34W.
Women Suits has a beautiful selection of sophisticated dinner suits for more formal occasions, church, and mother of the bride. Size 6 to 26W.
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Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. We know how difficult it is sometimes for the full-figured bride to find a plus-size wedding dress that fits and flatters. Older and second time brides sometimes prefer an evening suit. Some brides have large wedding parties with bridesmaids who wear a variety of sizes. Meanwhile extra special full-figured mother-of-the-bride dresses can be another shopping challenge. Undergarments such as shapewear, hosiery, and lingerie are important parts of both the big day and the honeymoon. While accessories such as wedding veils, stoles, jewelry and shoes will help to create the perfect look for your perfect, story book day.
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