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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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Beaded Yoke Wedding Gown, Size 14-32W | Editor's Pick
Size: 14 - 32W

Tulle Ball Gown, Sizes 2-26W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Strapless Tulle Gown, Size 14 - 22W | Editor's Pick

Trumpet Ruffle Gown, Sizes 2-26W | Editor's Pick


 Tulle Ball Gown
Size 2 - 26W

 Strapless Tulle
Wedding Gown
Size 14 - 22W

 Trumpet Ruffle Gown
Size 2 - 26W

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.  Others are older or second time brides who choose simpler or more casual looks. Theme weddings are often 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 | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Beaded Tulle Lace Dress, Size 2 -26 | Editor's Pick

Alyce, Floral Applique Tulle Gown, Size 0 - 28 | Editor's Pick

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

  Monique Lhuillier
Tulle One Shoulder Gown
Size 0 - 18

 Beaded Tulle Lace Dress
Size 2 - 26

 Floral Appliqué Tulle Gown
Size 0 - 28

 BoHo - Vintage Style
Wedding Dress
Size 2 - 26W


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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Designer: Mac Duggal, Beaded Tulle Gown, Size 14 - 26W | Editor's Pick

Designer: Terani Couture, Beaded Illusion Yoke Gown, Plus-Size 14-24W | Editor's Pick

Isabel Toledo, Satin Peplum Dress, Plus-Size 12 -24W | Editor's Pick

Lace Trim Jacket Dress, Sizes 6-26W | Editor's Pick

  Mac Duggal
Beaded Tulle Gown
Size 14 - 24W

 Terani Couture
Beaded Illusion Yoke Gown
Size 14 - 24W

 Isabel Toledo
Satin Peplum Dress
Size 12 - 24W

 Lace Trim Jacket Dress
Size 6 - 26W

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, Amor Moda, 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: Jenny Yoo, Strapless Chiffon Gown, Size 0 - 24W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Lace  Wedding Dress, Plus-Size 10 - 32W| Editor's Pick

Vintage Tulle Halter Dress, Size 2X-4X | Editor's Pick

Tea Length Organza Dress, Sizes 2-26W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

  Jenny Yoo
Strapless Chiffon Gown
Size 0 - 24

 Lace Wedding Dress
Size 10 - 32W

 Vintage Tulle Halter Dress
Size 2X - 4X

 Tea Length Organza Dress
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.  While Nordstrom has an entire wedding department with dresses up to size 18, many of those are available in-store only.  White and other color formal gowns can, however, be purchased directly plus-size Encore department to size 24W and we have from time-to-time spotted lovely options in silk.  Smaller full-figured brides in sizes up to 16, will find a selection of budget priced wedding dresses and accessories at JC Penney.

Blue Gala is a formalwear super-store with thousands of upscale gowns ready to ship.  There is no wedding dress department, but many of the white and tinted gowns would make beautiful options. The size finder only works up to Misses 18, but some labels are available as large as 30 and this is well worth the effort for more unusual options.  Some brands to look for available in larger sizes include Terani, Alyce, Night Moves, Blush, and Tony Bowles. Price points range from a couple of hundred dollars to about one thousand.  Their sister website at alight has been stocking more and more formalwear in exclusively plus-sizes and can be easier to navigate and sort for size 14 to 30W.

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 labels such as Terani Couture, Tadashi Shoji, and Adrianna Papell.  Sizes here run from 0 to 24W.


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Lace Leg Garter, One Size Plus| Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Wedding Veil with Floral Head Piece | Editor's Pick

Pave Diamond Stud Earrings | Editor's Pick

Silver Wedding Pumps | Editor's Pick

  Bridal Lace Garter
One Size Plus

 Wedding Veil with
Floral Hoop Head Piece

 Pave Diamond Stud Earrings

 Silver Wedding Pumps
Size 6 - 11 M

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.  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 designer Igigi offers a small, but beautiful, collection wedding dresses and gowns to size 32W.


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