Shopping for a wedding dress can prove a difficult task for any woman, but for a plus size woman, the hunt for the perfect gown can be twice the challenge with half of the options.
While it's true that there are not nearly as many options for plus size brides, there are far more today than even a decade ago. The trick is to keep an open mind and not get bogged down by the size on the tag (as many bridal gowns have a tendency to run several sizes smaller than standard clothing.)
And while the well-known bridal gown chain David's Bridal does indeed have many great options at a great prices, there are several other retailers, both brick and mortar and online, that carry gorgeous gowns to fit your curves.
We've found ten plus size wedding dress options that are beautiful, elegant and sure to have you feeling like the bombshell bride you deserve to be.
This stunning gown from the Julietta collection at MoriLee bridals is incredibly chic. With ruffled organza, a sweetheart top and a jeweled sash, it's the perfect balance of a princess gown and an old-Hollywood movie star. More information available here.
This tea length gown from Bridal Bliss Designs boutique on Etsy is the perfect nod to retro style with a modern edge. Its polka dot pattern comes from handbeaded pearls and the dress can be made to fit your exact measurements. And while you might not think to look for your dress on Etsy, it's becoming an incredibly popular and cost-effective alternative. Buy it here.
This cap-sleeve dress from Oleg Cassini's collection with David's Bridal is gorgeous, flirty and fun. It also has sleeves, which is surprisingly rare in plus size gowns. See more here.
The "Monica Dress" from PinUpGirl Clothing is the ultimate reception dress for the sexy bombshell on a budget. The ruched bodycon style is less than $150 and is available up to a size 2X in white and 4x in other colors. Buy it here.
This stunning satin ruched gown from Allure Bridals is perfect for the bride who is not looking for a lot of bells, whistles, beading or lace and wants simple sophistication. Find out more on the gown here.
Sydney's Closet is one of the premiere retailers for wedding, prom and special occasion dresses. This one-shoulder "Unforgettable" dress will leave you looking like a Grecian goddess. Find out more here.
This organza, beaded and sequined dress from Alfred Angelo is just the right mix of flash and romance, incorporating so many of the traditional bridal gown accents but not taking it over the top. Find out more here.
The ultimate in elegance, this beautiful gown from Allure Bridals will leave you feeling like royalty. Find out more here.
The Eugina gown from Igigi can be worn with a sexier edge with an off-the-shoulder style, or a more demure look with the sleeves pulled up. The floral embroidered overlay and detachable gold belt add a funky, modern flare to an elegant vintage-inspired gown. Buy it here.
This gown from the Julietta collection from Mori Lee is the perfect dress to have your Grace Kelly moment. With its sheer overlaid top and trumpet hem, it's both sexy and ladylike and is sure to leave you looking (and feeling) like a million bucks. Find out more information here.