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Best Plus Size Wedding Dress Of 2022

Every bride deserves to feel like the belle of the ball on their special day. And for many women, this means getting their hands on the perfect wedding dress. Sadly, finding the wedding dress of your dreams can be an overwhelming process--regardless of your shape or size. That's why we want to make things easy for you so you can stress less and actually enjoy the wedding planning process.

In this article, we will unveil the absolute best wedding dresses for plus-size women. But before we head on to our list of the best plus size wedding dresses, we need to talk about what goes into picking the right wedding dress for your size - because there is a lot to consider here. First, let's discuss how plus size wedding dresses (or wedding dresses in general) differ from regular clothes:

How Is Bridal Sizing Different From Regular Clothes?

In general, you may find your regular size to be 1 to 2 sizes smaller than your wedding dress size. This is why the rule of thumb is to pick a wedding dress that is 1 or maybe 2 full sizes larger. Hence, if you usually wear a size 18, you may need a wedding dress that is size 20-22. Use our size guide to find out what size you are for our wedding dresses: https://www.averyaustin.com/size-guide

Knowing this can also help you stay positive during your hunt for the perfect wedding dress. No, you did not magically gain weight overnight, bridal sizing just runs smaller!

What Is The Best Wedding Dress Style For Plus Size Women?

We're going to unveil the best plus size wedding dress shortly - but first, what is the best wedding dress style for plus size women?

Everyone has their own taste. And, needless to say, women of all sizes can wear whatever they want. But just like small or mid-sized people, there are certain styles of wedding dresses that look best on plus size women.

Here are the different wedding dress styles and the body type they go with the best:

A-Line

A-Line wedding dresses complement all body types. An A-Line wedding dress fits snugly around the waist then flares out into a slight A-shape, creating a smaller waistline while complementing the bust.

Mermaid

The Mermaid style is perfect for women with apple-shaped bodies as it emphasizes the waist and hips instead of slimming them. A mermaid-style dress is fitted throughout the whole bodice and flares out below the knees, creating a mermaid-tail effect.

Trumpet

The Trumpet style is similar to the Mermaid, except that it flares at the middle of the thigh. Women who want to accentuate their curves will surely appreciate a Trumpet-style wedding dress, especially those with hourglass shapes.

Ball Gown

If you want to feel like a classic Disney princess on your wedding day, you can't go wrong with a traditional ball gown. This dress style emphasizes the waist and bust and hides the lower body in layers of fabric. That said, ball gown wedding dresses work best for women with fuller busts and narrower waists.

Slip

Slip wedding dresses are simple and chic, perfect for a minimalist wedding. This style of dress fits a little loosely on the bodice and is slightly accentuated around the waist. They are traditionally cut on the bias and usually come with spaghetti straps. This type of wedding dress is a great choice if you want to flaunt your shoulders and accentuate an hourglass figure.

What Makes The Best Plus Size Wedding Dress?

There are endless choices for plus size wedding dresses out there--so much so that picking out the right one can feel like an impossible task. Not to worry, we're here to help. When picking out the perfect plus size wedding dress, here's what you need to look out for:

Inclusive Sizing That You Don't Have To Pay For

One of the biggest challenges when shopping for plus size wedding dresses--or plus size anything, for that matter--is finding inclusive sizing that you don't have to pay for. The logic is there, of course; plus size garments require more material and work. However, you don't see size 2 women paying less for clothes that are priced the same all throughout the "normal" size range.

Furthermore, the industry has found that creating plus size garments do not use that much additional material. Thus, making plus size wedding dresses can be just as commercially viable as "regular"-sized wedding dresses. It wouldn't make sense to pay 30% more on a wedding dress that costs the same from size 0 to 12.

Unfortunately, not all bridal shops side with this argument. At Avery Austin, we specialize in plus size wedding dresses and believe all brides should pay the same price for a dress. 

Quality Materials That Complement Your Figure

Plus size or not, the material of your wedding dress should be high-quality. Sure, you will only use the dress once, but the quality of your wedding dress largely determines how well the fabric will complement your figure--as well as how comfortable you will be during your big day.

With that in mind, we recommend shopping for wedding dresses based on quality instead of price. When shopping for a plus size wedding dress in person, see and feel the material closely to assess its quality. However, the best way you're going to determine if a dress is worth it is to try it on. Does it complement your figure well? Is it comfortable enough to sit in for hours? Can you move freely in it?

If you answer 'no' to just one of these questions, look for another option.

We know what you’re thinking - I want to shop online to save money, time, and energy. There’s no question - online dress shopping is as convenient as it gets. But how can you get a feel for the quality if you aren’t shopping person? That’s where a try-at-home program comes in. Keep reading to learn more:

Try It At Home For Free Before You Buy (If Shopping Online)

Shopping online for plus size wedding dresses has never been easier. Aside from variety, you can also see a wider range of bigger sizes online. Plus, you can easily compare your options without having to go from store to store.

The challenge, however, is that you can't try it on until you get it shipped. That said, it is important to pick a store that allows you to try on your wedding ball gown for free before you buy it. If not for free, then for a reasonable fee. At Avery Austin, that’s exactly what we do. You can try on up to three dresses at once entirely risk-free. 

How Does It Make You Feel?

Above all else - the way the dress makes you feel matters. It's your big day - you want a dress that helps you look and feel your best. It might sound cheesy, but you will definitely feel it in your gut if you've come across The One--probably the same feeling as when you met your spouse-to-be!

The Best Plus Size Wedding Dresses Of 2022 Revealed:

Finally, we've made it to the part we've all been waiting for--our top picks for the best plus size wedding dresses of 2022! From A-Line to Mermaid and long sleeves to sleeveless, we have enough plus size wedding dresses for just about any type of bride:

Trinity Off-the-Shoulder Lace A-Line with Sweetheart Neckline

Serve royalty realness on your wedding day with this beautiful wedding dress, featuring a feminine sweetheart neckline, off-the-shoulder sleeves, and a flowy lace skirt. It is made with top-quality tulle and lace and boasts an intricate bodice pattern that is sure to wow your guests as you walk across the aisle.

Alice Tulle and Lace A-Line Wedding Dress with Long Sleeves

If you want your dream wedding dress to have sleeves but don't want to commit to actual long sleeves, then this Tulle and Lace wedding dress is perfect for you. It features delicate lace on the bodice and long sleeves, which are complemented by a soft tulle skirt that looks beautifully romantic.

Ember Off-the-Shoulder Wedding Dress with Lace Button Up Back

Minimalist in the front and party in the back! This chic Mermaid-style dress is perfect for apple-shaped bodies. It allows you to flaunt your shoulders with off-the-shoulder straps, and accentuates your waist with its fitted bodice. In the back is where it gets interesting; this dress features a lace-covered back with cute white buttons running up the spine of the dress, creating the perfect balance between chic and intricate.

Peyton Plunging V-Neck Satin and Lace Ball Gown

Become the princess that you've always wanted to be with this elegant ball gown wedding dress. Made with silky smooth satin and cut with a complementing V-neck line, this dress is a breathtaking option for almost any body type. And just like our previous option, this ball gown comes with an intricate lace back, a pleasing contrast from the simplicity in the front.

Hazel Crepe Mermaid Wedding Dress with Off-the-Shoulder Straps

Every bride deserves to feel regal on their big day--and this Crepe Mermaid Dress is exactly what you need to feel like a queen. A modern, minimalist take on the Mermaid silhouette, this timeless dress is a figure-flattering favorite of women of all sizes. It accentuates the waist, exposes the shoulders, and emphasizes the bust for a classically elegant look.

Ryleigh Lace Ball Gown with Sweetheart Neckline and Crossing Straps

This number is one of the best lace plus size wedding dresses that we've come across, and that's saying something! If you want to go full-lace for your special day, this unique dress is perfect for you; aside from having beautifully-crafted floral patterns, its ball gown silhouette is just what you need to put all the attention on your upper body.

Hadley Lace and Tulle Sweetheart Neckline Wedding Dress

This strapless dress is as romantic as it is sophisticated. The bodice features intricate floral lace over a soft chiffon lining and a skirt that is made with flowy tulle. From the first glance, this dress looks like it is made for dancing--so, if you plan to dance all night with your spouse, you can't go wrong with this one!

Melanie Satin Ball Gown with Spaghetti Straps and Scoop Back

Go the minimalist route with this sleek satin ball gown with a flattering plunge neckline and sexy spaghetti straps. The perfect blend of modern and classic, this is one of those plus size wedding dresses that you wish you could wear more than once.

One more thing we love about this number: it has pockets!

Norah Strapless Sweetheart Lace Wedding Dress

Combine the elegance of lace and the boldness of a strapless bodice with this Norah Strapless Sweetheart Lace wedding dress. It perfectly narrows the waist, accentuates the bust, hugs the hips in all the right places, making it one of the best plus size wedding dresses for women of all body types.

Natalie Mikado Mermaid Wedding Dress with Tiered Skirt

Is it a wedding or the Met Gala? Blow your guests (and your spouse-to-be) with this Mikado Mermaid dress. Aside from its uniquely flattering princess seams, this dress makes a statement with its tiered tulle and horsehair skirt. All in all, this dress gives you the dramatic flair you want on your special day.

Kennedy Off-the-Shoulder A-Line Lace Wedding Dress

The perfect blend of sweet and soft, the Kennedy dress is one of those plus size wedding dresses that we simply cannot forget. This sophisticated A-line dress features delicate Chantilly lace and a cute sweetheart neckline, combining to make a romantic and regal dress that will make any bride feel like a princess.

Final Thoughts On The Best Plus Size Wedding Dresses

When it comes to the best plus size wedding dresses, we've just hit the tip of the iceberg. There are so many other options out there, but our list definitely contains the best of the best. With that in mind, it's safe to say that these plus size wedding dresses should take spots on your top picks as you find the perfect dress for your big day. We can vouch for each and every one of them.

But then again, it can be difficult to shop for great plus size wedding dresses if you can't try them on. That's why we provide try-at-home wedding dresses that you can take for a spin in the comfort of your own home--completely risk-free! Simply pick your favorites, find The One, and then send the rest back. It's as easy as that.

If you're ready to Say Yes to the Dress at home, chat with us today!