Dresses for the curvier bride have stormed catwalks for the last few seasons as designers recognise an increased demand for stylish options to complement a fuller-figured woman. Top bridal boutiques have also taken the emerging market on board by stocking sample dresses in bigger sizes, perfect for plus-size brides-to-be who want to try on dresses then and there.
We’ve rounded up our favourite plus-size wedding dresses to suit traditional bridal styles and emerging trends for curvy brides. In other words, we’ve done the searching so you don’t have to!
Ballgown Wedding Dresses
Julietta by Mori Lee
Dress from Callista
Guaranteed to make any bride feel like royalty, a ball-gown style wedding dress is the choice for ladies who want to highlight their chest and cleavage while minimizing attention on their lower half. The natural hourglass shape of a ball-gown creates a clinched in waist, and necklines can be tailored to suit your individual taste to show off as much (or as little) as you like.
Featuring a close-fitted bodice which leads into a full skirt, these stunning dresses are flattering, flirty and fabulous for the true woman. We love ballgowns featuring layers of tulle, lace and a bit of careful detail but be careful not to over-accessorize with this style. Let the dress be the talking point instead.
The Ballgown is one of the most comfortable wedding dresses you can get married in. A breeze to wear all day (as long as the fit is right), you won’t want to take this dress off and silver lining… most likely you can go to the loo in it too!
Mermaid Wedding Dresses
Callista by Alfred Sung; Roz La Kelin; Julietta by Mori-Lee
This favoured bridal style is the perfect choice for the fuller-figured bride. Not only do mermaid (or fishtail) gowns feature a fitted silhouette to smooth out any troublesome areas, the careful skirt placement emphasises an hourglass shape. When it comes to the neckline, think strapless for classic, halter for oceanic or cap sleeves for support.
Roz la Kelin collection
Women by Venus collection
Julietta by Mori Lee
Mermaid dresses are a sexy, seductive and stylish way to show off your body on the big day. Closely fitted from the chest down, a mermaid dress shoots outwards at knee or calf-level to create an eye-catching flare and stunning design feature. For plus-size brides, they are the ideal shape to create a natural curve in your body which mimics the gown.
Top Tips for Curvy Brides
Opt for a dress which clinches in at the waist or fits snugly around the hips to create an enviable hourglass figure.
Proper boning in a dress is what keeps it comfortable and wearable all day long.
All brides turn to shapewear to create a flawless finish for their bridal look.
Some fabrics are more forgiving than others. Taffeta is a great choice for the curvier bride, as well as ruched satin.
Many brides tend to jump for a strapless gown, but sometimes a V or high neck is a great way to elongate the body and add an air of seductiveness.
Whether you are at your first fitting or strutting down the aisle like it’s a runway, a wedding dress always looks its very best when worn with confidence.
A-Line Wedding Dresses
White Rose collection
Alfred Angelo collection
For curvy brides blessed with a flawless hourglass figure, the A-Line dress will hug and cling to all the right places. Fitted across the body, the A-Line works well for shorter ladies who want to give the illusion of an elongated body.
V-Neck Wedding Dresses
David’s Bridal; Allure Women; WToo Curve by Watters
Many curvier brides want to highlight their best asset on their big day- their cleavage. Low cut wedding dresses are a sexy choice and easily found on the bridal catwalks as women want to use their wedding day as an opportunity to wear a dress they never would normally get the chance to wear.
The key to a gorgeous V-Neck dress is support, so opt for a manufacturer who specialise in it, like Allure Women. If going for a deep V on its own is too daring for you, combine a V with sheer panels to guarantee everything stays in place as you walk down the aisle.
Sheer Panelling Wedding Dresses
Sonsie by Veromia
One thing we love about plus-size dresses is that many do feature seductive sheer panels on the sleeves, necklines and waist of the gown. This popular style is a great way to show off a hint of flesh without getting carried away and is easily incorporated into almost any bridal design. We particularly love sheer fabric when used in place of straps.
Almost any strapless gown can have straps added to it. If you’ve found a strapless style you love but need some added support, ask for sheer straps to be stitched on to it. Nine times out of ten it won’t be a problem.
Lace Wedding Dresses
Lace remains one of the wedding world’s most popular and celebrated fabrics when it comes to wedding dresses. While many plus-size dresses abandon the favoured fabric for ruched satin or tulle, lace is still a sought-after choice and ideal for a bride seeking a traditional wedding dress. Use it as a decorative feature as well, by increasing its usage around the neckline.
Femme by Kenneth Winston
Blush Wedding Dresses
Coloured gowns have becoming popular in recent years, and blush is a particular favourite in the WJ office. This feminine colour is a romantic choice ideal for a winter or spring wedding with a pastel colour scheme. It lends itself well to ballgown silhouettes combined with modern features like feathers, dramatic ruffles or intricate sparkles.
Julietta by Mori Lee; WToo Curve by Watters; Roz La Kelin
Top Tips for Picking the Perfect Plus-Size Wedding Dress
Boning, wire and structure are your best friends.
You need to try on a shape and style that will suit you.
Do you want to bring attention to your hourglass shape, or your chest?
Don’t think you need to pick a dress because it’s “on trend”. Wear what makes you happy.
We absolutely recommend visiting a bridal boutique when buying a Plus Sized dress. The brand new Wedding Journal Directory has a range of stunning dress designers in all regions around Ireland & Northern Ireland. So, take a look, we only recommend the most reputable wedding dress & bridal shops.
Featured Image: Allure Women