22 Designer Plus-Size Wedding Dresses That Prove Your Body is Perfect As-Is

Visibility and representation are one of the most vital components of social justice. I love to bring awareness to communities that are often left out of the conversation when it comes to weddings, because I love weddings. When I flip through wedding magazines, especially those geared towards traditional bridal looks, I almost never see women like me in them. Not just women of color, but plus-size women. Why the hell is it so hard to find designer gowns for us?

I did a shoot last year and a well-known boutique had hundreds of sample size dresses and TWO plus-size dresses. One in 16 and the other in 24. The owner was plus-sized. I’m plus-sized. We just sort of sat there in disbelief. What does that say about the industry for it to be this size exclusive?

Are only certain bodies allowed to visualize their big day? Are only “perfect bodies” allowed to walk down a perfect aisle?

We know that’s false, but the lack of visibility says otherwise. The average size of an American woman is 16. That’s plus size. Why is it so hard to find ourselves represented in images for what’s supposed to be the happiest day of our lives? If you’re plus-sized and don’t want to wear a gown, chances of finding something you’d like are ironically even slimmer.

If 2017 taught me anything it’s that I need hope and optimism to make it through the day. So here’s a list of designers, gowns, and gown alternatives for plus-sized babes planning their wedding in 2018 and 2019.


Sophia Tolli, Sizes 0-28

 Obsidian Wedding Dress by Sophia Tolli

Obsidian Wedding Dress by Sophia Tolli

 Olivine Wedding Dress by Sophia Tolli

Olivine Wedding Dress by Sophia Tolli

 Artemis Wedding Dress by Sophia Tolli

Artemis Wedding Dress by Sophia Tolli

 Amethyst Wedding Dress by Sophia Tolli

Amethyst Wedding Dress by Sophia Tolli

 BEADING AND EMBROIDERED FIT AND FLARE WEDDING DRESS by MAGGIE SOTTERO

BEADING AND EMBROIDERED FIT AND FLARE WEDDING DRESS by MAGGIE SOTTERO

 ROMANTIC A-LINE WEDDING DRESS by MAGGIE SOTTERO

ROMANTIC A-LINE WEDDING DRESS by MAGGIE SOTTERO

 CLASSIC MERMAID WEDDING DRESS by PNINA TORNAI

CLASSIC MERMAID WEDDING DRESS by PNINA TORNAI

 SIMPLE SHEATH WEDDING DRESS by PNINA TORNAI

SIMPLE SHEATH WEDDING DRESS by PNINA TORNAI

 SIMPLE SHEATH WEDDING DRESS by PNINA TORNAI

SIMPLE SHEATH WEDDING DRESS by PNINA TORNAI

 A-LINE LACE WEDDING DRESS WITH ILLUSION LONG SLEEVES by DANIELLE CAPRESE

A-LINE LACE WEDDING DRESS WITH ILLUSION LONG SLEEVES by DANIELLE CAPRESE

 FIT AND FLARE LACE WEDDING DRESS WITH BEADING AT NECKLINE by DANIELLE CAPRESE

FIT AND FLARE LACE WEDDING DRESS WITH BEADING AT NECKLINE by DANIELLE CAPRESE

 STRAPLESS A-LINE BEADED WEDDING DRESS by DANIELLE CAPRESE

STRAPLESS A-LINE BEADED WEDDING DRESS by DANIELLE CAPRESE

 BEADED SLEEVELESS FIT AND FLARE V-NECK WEDDING DRESS by ENAURA BRIDAL

BEADED SLEEVELESS FIT AND FLARE V-NECK WEDDING DRESS by ENAURA BRIDAL

 The Glenda by Eloquii & Stone Fox Bride

The Glenda by Eloquii & Stone Fox Bride

 Embroidered Lace Bodice Edged with Beading on Tulle Wedding Dress by Morilee

Embroidered Lace Bodice Edged with Beading on Tulle Wedding Dress by Morilee

 Mia Wedding Dress by Morilee

Mia Wedding Dress by Morilee

 Mildred Wedding Dress by Morilee

Mildred Wedding Dress by Morilee

 Asymmetrically Draped Chantilly Lace Wedding Dress by Morilee

Asymmetrically Draped Chantilly Lace Wedding Dress by Morilee

 Azalea Wedding Dress by Watters

Azalea Wedding Dress by Watters

 Shiloh Wedding Dress by Watters

Shiloh Wedding Dress by Watters

 Mihr Wedding Dress by Watters

Mihr Wedding Dress by Watters

 Aven Wedding Dress by Watters

Aven Wedding Dress by Watters

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This article is part of Jordan Maney's monthly column Tulle & Fury, where she looks at the intersections of weddings, identity, politics, and mental health.


 Jordan Maney

JORDAN MANEY

Jordan A. Maney is an Assistant Editor at Catalyst Wedding Co. and is a San Antonio-based wedding planner. She she started her company as a planning haven for all the couples the industry chooses to ignore. Instead of just making a brand, she's building a community. Find more of her sass, humor, and Southern hospitality at allthedaysweddings.com.