When I started the search for the perfect wedding gown, I remember I came across several articles like this one from Brides Magazine…articles that were sharing the “best wedding dresses for plus sized/curvy women” but actually gave you a list of what you should avoid when choosing your dream gown. Another list explaining how I could look “better,” disguised as a list of dresses….period? Thanks for nothing! So here I am, bringing you my own list: 10 retailers with dreamy plus size wedding gowns for every budget!
I’m gonna be honest. I don’t need another person on this planet telling me “chiffon is risky because it accentuates everything,” or that I can sacrifice comfort and do a corset bust to “cinch your waist and boost your bust.”
I’d like the groom to recognize me on the way up the aisle, kthanxbye.
I’m googling this to find dresses….not someones half-baked opinion of what dress I “should” want, because there are women like myself who aren’t interested in hiding all of my “flaws,” or deterring people from seeing me just the way I am. I want the elements of my dress to make me feel as special as this day is, and you’re interrupting my fairytale with your negativity. NOT COOL.
Wouldn’t you know? All these rolls, and I still caught a future husband (insert my most prevalent roll, the eye roll, here)!
So I thought, why not round up some awesome retailers for brides that have to shop outside of straight size gowns?
Here’s some of the best the internet has to offer! I’ve used their Instagram posts to give you an idea of what they offer, and make it easier for you to keep up with them on social media, too!
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Anomalie: You may have read about my Anomalie experience here on the blog, and I can’t say enough about how fun and easy and AMAZING it was to create the dress of my dreams for a really affordable cost. Legit looked at so many dresses over the years, and anything that spoke to me was 6K and up. Thanks to Anomalie, I spent $1400 TOTAL, and got something so much better. With phenomenal customer service, step by step interactive design, a user friendly dashboard to track your progress and design, and updates throughout the production of your gown, Anomalie is a more adventurous but completely rewarding option! They also offer semi-custom veils starting at $50!
Azazie: With an option to try on dresses at home for a nominal fee of $10-15 per dress, a dedicated section for “Plus and Curve” styles, and an overall affordable selection of dresses, Azazie is a thing of beauty for the plus sized bride! Dresses start at $199, and they often offer promo codes, too! You can find great options for plus size bridesmaids, too!
CoCoMelody: Another site with an option to try on styles at home for a nominal fee, and frequent promo code offers! Lots of styles for plus size brides to peruse, and starting at $199! I’ve seen a lot of rave reviews from brides of all sizes in a lot of the wedding groups and forums I participate in, and its a solid option. They also offer customization in terms of entering your measurements, rather than selecting a size, for a more custom fit!
Torrid: A tried and true resource for sizes 10-30, Torrid has really stepped their game up when it comes to special occasion wear! They’ve expanded to offer bridal gowns and bridesmaids looks, all under $200! Great for your more casual affair, and an excellent resource for brides hoping to find a cute shorter dress!
ModCloth: One of my favorite things about ModCloth overall is that they always show their styles on a variety of body types. If it’s available in Plus Sizes, they’ll show a straight size model and a plus size model! They have a huge assortment of wedding gowns, from the fancy and formal, to the bohemian, to the eclectic. It’s a great resource for more alternative brides, or even awesome rehearsal dinner or Bridal shower options!
Kiyonna Bridal: Made exclusively in Southern California, and offering sizes 10-32, Kiyonna Bridal is another awesome plus-positive retailer with an assortment of gowns, from the long and formal to short and flirty! With dresses from $100+, free shipping, and the option to choose a style and make customizations to it! They currently only offer about 17 dresses, but again, they offer options to customize the neckline, lengths, sleeves, colors, and more, there’s a LOT of room for creating your dream dress on a budget!
David’s Bridal: I haven’t had the best experience with David’s as a bridesmaid, but I know a lot of brides who have found beautiful gowns they love here! Starting at $199 and going up to $1800, with frequent sales throughout the year, it definitely makes the list! David’s Bridal is accessible for larger sizes, and also in terms of having locations nationwide to try on dresses and easily order whatever your heart desires! Their design team uses a size 18 model, and dresses for the Plus range go from 14W-30W, so there’s bound to be a gem or two, and sizing may be a little more true than their standard line-where my size 14/16 frame has to buy a size 20 dress every time I’ve had to do bridesmaid attire with them.
Essense of Australia: Not for the “ballin’ on a budget” bride, but a tried and true designer in the wedding department! Beautiful gowns for curvy women, and a personal fave because of the flattering necklines, silhouettes, and detailed embellishments! A friend of mine got married a couple of years back, and I was OBSESSED and had to find out who made it. They’ve been on my radar ever since!
One Day Bridal (Curve): WARNING! I fell in love with a dress with a $6995 price tag. I’m not a Kardashian, so that idea went out the window quickly, but I am basically obsessed with every dress they offer in their Curve collection. I like that they have started offering plus sized options for some of their most amazing gowns! They’re not quite as easy on the wallet, or to get your hands on, but if you’re ballin’ out for your gown you can easily locate a retailer for these gowns or even order online!
Kleinfeld Bridal: We’ve all seen at least one episode of Say Yes to the Dress on TLC (I love you, Randy!), and it’s nice to see that although plus size brides don’t get a ton of airtime, there’s certainly a large assortment of gowns for curvier brides on their website! If you’re looking to scope out plus-friendly styles/designers and take the style numbers to a boutique, this is a great place to start! Big names like Maggie Sottero, Vera Wang, and more await you! Just make sure you tag me on IG if you end up heading to NYC to tag them in person-I wanna be a part of the experience!
If you do enough digging, there are certainly a lot of options for plus size brides, and straight size brides who have the same issues with boutiques only offering sample sizes! While some options initially seem a little risky, accommodations like trying dresses on at home for a nominal fee or ordering from larger retailers with return policies that allow more flexibility allow you to find an amazing dress for any shape and size!
At the end of the day, any and every bride deserves a dress that makes her feel as special as this huge life event, and it never hurts to have a resource to help you find it!
Are you planning your wedding? Still on the hunt for the dream dress, or found your dress already? I want to hear all about it in the comments! I’m here if you have any questions about the Anomalie process, too!
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