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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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.
Bon Ton offers more moderately priced evening separates and dresses suitable for the mother-of-the bride and more mature guests. Size 14 to 24W.
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.
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.
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. Fancier fabrics such as velvet are frequently available around the holiday party season. Size XL to 5X.
Lane Bryant regularly stocks dresses from other labels exclusively on-line in more formal cocktail styles suitable for wedding guests and mother-of-the bride. Options range from more modestly priced labels to designer wear. Size 12 to 28W.
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.
Lord & Taylor regularly carries separates from labels such as Alex Evenings, in addition cocktail and full length gowns suitable for wedding guests. Size 2 to 24W.
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.
ModCloth has become a year round source for less formal vintage style wedding and bridesmaid dresses with extended sizes from Chi Chi London being some of the best offerings. Size XS to 4X.
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.
Wardrobe Shop is one of the most reliable resources for the gorgeous vintage inspired dresses from designer Nataya in extended sizes. Working in an aesthetic reminiscent of Downton Abbey and Titanic many of these romantic styles are popular with both wedding guests and members of bridal parties. A less formal bride may also find her wedding dress here with stunning options in white, ivory, and tea stained hues. Sizing runs slightly small. Size S to 3X.
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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