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Elegant Plus Shopping Guide & Editor's Picks:  Wedding Gowns in Size 12 +

All Editor's Picks clothing featured is hand- selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of fashion business partnerships. Options available in all size ranges, although we specialize in hard-to-find sizes 12 and over.    Elegant Plus size wedding dresses are as beautiful as you are!  This is a collection hand selected by the Style Editor especially for the plus-size bride.
 

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Cap Sleeve Lace & Chiffon Wedding Gown, Size 16-32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Size: 14 - 32W

Convertible Two in One Gown, Size 2 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Ivory Lace Mermaid Gown, Size 16 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Marchesa Notte, Metallic Thread Gown, Size 0 - 16 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

 

 Convertible Two in One
Gown to Reception Dress
Size 2 - 26W

 Ivory Lace Mermaid Gown
Size 16 - 22W

 Marchesa Notte
Metallic Thread Gown
Size 0 - 16

Plus-Size Wedding Dress Report, Size 12 +
[Shopping Resources & More Editor's Picks Below]

Brides come in all different age brackets.  Some are first time brides with visions of big, over the top fantasy weddings characterized by elaborate ball gown.  Others are beach or afternoon garden affairs. Marriages for older or second time brides are often celebrated with simpler or more casual looks.  Evening or church suits are very popular, or gowns with with jackets or illusion sleeves.

 Theme weddings are frequently influenced by fantasy or period costume movie and television events such as The Great Gatsby, Downton Abbey, or Game of Thrones. Vintage dresses with a Bohemian or retro 50's style are among the most popular.  With this diversity in tastes and traditions, classic white is no longer the only color of choice with more and more brides opting for ivory, champagne or blush, and tinted and colored gowns.  Even colors such as crimson red and black are being worn. (For non-pastels, see the other plus-size evening wear pages.)

Plus-size brides still have a difficult time finding wedding dresses to suit their needs, but options are getting better especially for those who are looking for more formal gowns which were once virtually impossible to find.  Most formal dress shops can order larger sizes, but waits can be up to 12 to 15 weeks.  Direct from wholesale sites that have sprung up on the internet in recent years have shortened the wait time considerably, giving brides plenty of time for final alterations and fittings with a local tailor. 

Those looking for dresses and gowns for full-figured member of the wedding party will want to check out the mother-of-the-bride selection, and bridesmaid dress pages

Finishing touches often include designer shoes and undergarments with shaping technologies.   Traditional wedding accessories such as veils, garters, wraps, hosiery, and jewelry can help make a look uniquely your own and the day extra special.

 

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Designer: Monique Lhuillier, Tulle One Shoulder Gown, Size 0 - 18 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Beaded Tulle Lace Dress, Size 2 -26 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Ivory Lace Illusion Sleeve Gown, Size 10 - 32W  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

BoHo Vintage Style Wedding Dress, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

  Monique Lhuillier
Tulle One Shoulder Gown
Size 0 - 18

 Beaded Tulle Lace Dress
Size 2 - 26

 Ivory Lace
Illusion Sleeve Dress
Size 10 - 32W

 BoHo - Vintage Style
Satin & Lace Wedding Dress
Size 2 - 26W


Sizing

Please note that most formal evening wear is sized in misses, rather than women's plus, and can run smaller than to what you are used. Women's (plus) sizing uses a "W" at the end of the size number, while Misses does not.  For example size 14W is women's/plus and size 14 is Misses. Misses sizing can cause you to need two to three sizes larger numerically than women's sizing. This is normal as they are different cuts, and tailoring will provide the perfect fit for your unique body shape.  Always check size charts, get someone to help you with taking your measurements, and order the size that matches most closely your measurements where the garment style fits most snuggly to the body. 

Formalwear also fits and looks best when the right shape wear is worn underneath.

 

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Portrait Collar White Occasion Suit, Size 6 - 26W  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Designer: Terani Couture, Blush Illusion Sleeve Gown, Plus-Size 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Ralph Lauren, Short White Lace Sheath Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Tadashi Shoji, White Lace Column Dress, Size 2 - 16 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

  Occasion Suit
Size 6 - 26W

 Terani Couture
Blush Illusion Sleeve Gown
Size 14 - 24W

 Ralph Lauren
Short White Lace Sheath
Size 14 - 24W

 Tadashi Shoji
White Lace Column Dress
Size 2 - 16


Internet Shopping for Plus-Size Wedding Gowns & Dresses

One of the biggest contributions to wedding shopping provided by the internet is the direct access to factory manufacturers by individual brides which can save hundreds of dollars on dresses for the entire wedding party.  Most of these sites offer formal dresses and gowns up to size 26W, with alterations for petites and talls, and larger sizes available for a small fee. Mainly displayed in either white or ivory, many are available in other colors and tints. They can also be an invaluable resource for bridal accessories such as veils, gloves, shawls, and sashes. Shipping times to the U.S.A. are often quite quick and free. Some of the best include Light in the Box, Izi Dress, and TB Dress.

Plus-size brides planning formal weddings will want to stop by one of the oldest plus-exclusive wedding boutiques on the internet, Sydney's Closet.  Committed to designing styles that fit and flatter voluptuous bodies and displaying options on full-figured models, wedding dresses often come as large as 34W. Samples in size 16W - 18W go on sale for deep discounts here, also.

 

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Designer: Tadashi Shoji, Lace Gown, Size 14 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Contrast Sash Lace Gown, Size 12 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Embellished Lace Gown, Size XS - 4X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Ball Gown, Sizes 2-26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

  Tadashi Shoji
Lace Gown
Size 14 - 22W

 Contrast Sash
Lace Wedding Dress
Size 12 - 32W

 Embellished Illusion Bodice
Lace Gown
Size XS - 4X

 Cinderella Ball Gown
Size 2 - 26W


Options from department stores and internet formalwear shops can be options for less formal brides.  Available off-the-rack, shipping times are quite quick leaving plenty of time for alterations.  Often simpler and more affordable than more elaborate formal gowns these can be good choices for women who are planning more casual weddings. 

Neiman Marcus has a Wedding Shop that can be a resource for the curvy size 12 to 18 woman who is looking for something special from labels such as Zac Posen, Alexander McQueen, and Carmen Marc Valvo to name a few that regularly pop up. Even more options can often be found out on their main evening wear rack in both white and tints.  Saks Fifth Avenue can also have some luxury label finds for the full-figured size 12 to 16 crowd with names such as Marchesa Notte, Monique Lhuillier, and Escada dresses regularly available.

Dillard's will often stock upscale and designer formalwear styles suitable for older or second time brides in champagne, cream, and ivory.  Many have matching jackets, sleeves, or illusion bodices. Expect to find upscale labels such as Terani Couture, Tadashi Shoji, and Adrianna Papell.  Sizes here run from 0 to 28W.

While Nordstrom has an entire wedding department with dresses up to size 18, many of those are available in-store only.  However, the on-line wedding accessory section is one of the best available with jewelry, head pieces, veils, shoes, wraps, and clutches available to coordinate with wedding gowns and reception looks. White and other color formal gowns can be purchased directly plus-size Encore department to size 24W and we have from time-to-time spotted lovely options in silk. 

 

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Satin Bridal Shoe, Size 5 - 13 N, M, W, WW | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Wedding Veil | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Styles Available

Portrait Collar White Occasion Suit, Size 6 - 26W  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Lace Chiffon Ivory Evening Pant Set, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

  Satin Bridal Shoe
Size 5 - 13
N, M, W, WW

 Wedding Veil

  Occasion Suit
Size 6 - 26W

 Lace & Chiffon
Ivory Evening Pant Set
Size S - 3X


Amazon is a surprising resource bringing together both large, well-known retailers and indie boutique owners in one easy to shop place.  Options and brands are constantly changing but it isn't unusual to find plus-size wedding dress styles from places like David's Bridal ready to ship immediately.

For the more eclectic or vintage bride some unusual spots to look Unique Vintage which offers both Art Deco flapper dresses and 50's style New Look silhouettes in plus to size 4X.  Check the "Prom" tab for formalwear from moderately priced to upscale evening wear labels such as Mac Duggal, Mori Lee, and others.  Don't let the name fool you as more sophisticated designs are also available for sizes up to 30W.

Izi Dress often has softer, more bohemian style gowns with a vintage flavor in sizes to 26W.  Meanwhile, vintage and retro inspired internet retailer ModCloth has been growing both it's plus collection in sizes up to 30, and it's special occasion dress collection.  For those planning a less formal wedding with a romantic or vintage flavor this shopping spot can be a find.

Second time and older brides looking for evening suits will want check out the options at Women's Suits.  African-American focused cataloguer Ashro also regularly has an excellent collection of evening suits and jacket dresses in shades of white in stock in size 6 to 26W.  Meanwhile, indie plus designers Kiyonna and Igigi offers a small, but beautiful, collection wedding dresses and gowns to size 32W.

 

 

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