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Everyone should be able to find a wedding day outfit that they can say “yes” to, but we all know that finding size inclusive wedding wear is easier said than done. Thankfully, more and more brands are working to offer wedding gowns for all body sizes, with some offering sizes up to 6X. Kiyonna, Henkaa and eShakti offer dresses for all body types, and here are my absolute faves that offer something whimsical, something playful, and something classic.
Up first is the Amor Lace Wedding Gown from Kiyonna. If this doesn't make you feel pampered, just wait. This delicate number has detailed scalloped lace on the sleeves and along the soft plunge. Feminine and flirty, the length leaves room for a flash of your shoes while flowing just over the ankles. You can twirl the night away with your new spouse. One of the things I like about this dress is the belted waistline. It not only breaks up the silhouette of the dress a little, but it also highlights the curve of your hips. Light and flowy, this dress is ideal for spring and fall weddings. You can accessorize with pearls to give yourself a classic look or with a glitzy waist sash and matching jewelry to add a modern touch!
Looking for something with a twist? Enter the Stars A-line Wedding Dress. This playful look is a mix between modern and retro, with dot mesh on the sleeves. It is sure to not only flatter your figure but also keep you feeling comfortable all night long as you celebrate your big day with your sweetheart. The “A” shape adds a bit of elegance, pulling in the waist but allowing the skirt to cascade down the hips. The hem cuts off right below the knee adding a fun feel that lets you show off your pumps! I adore this as a spring dress and can imagine all the bright and vibrant bouquets and accessories one could pair with it. Did I mention this style is offered exclusively in plus sizes? #Win
Wedding Belle is the dress I’d recommend if you wanted to add a little flirtiness to your wedding day look. This sweet dress stretches and hugs your body and drapes it in scalloped lace and also showcases an a-line skirt. Wedding Belle is a dress I’d certainly recommend for a spring or summer wedding. I can definitely see this dress at a rustic outdoor wedding! It’s simple, short, sweet, and sure to put a smile on your love’s face.
Long and sweeping, the Elegant Aisle dress will have you looking like a matrimonial goddess! The asymmetrical drop waist adds a nice touch to this dress as it sweeps across the waist, drawing in the appearance of the hips. The length of the gown is what gives it that classic white wedding dress style. Pairing the faux mesh that flows right into the dress with the scalloped lace neckline makes this one of the more “sui generis” styles that Kiyonna has to offer.
Also, Kiyonna accommodates simple customizations such as colors and sleeve lengths, so you can get the look that best suites you.
Next is Henkaa, with their Iris Chiffon Convertible Wedding Dress. What I love about this dress is literally how versatile it is. Imagine you go with the off the shoulder look (which I absolutely love!) and during the reception you get hot and don't have an another dress to change into. This one has it covered — or uncovered, as it were. The hem of this dress gives you the traditional feel of a wedding dress while the top allows you to adjust the sleeves and straps to get the ideal fit. For less than $400, you get about six looks in one. This is a light weight dress, though it could be worn at any time of the year. You can walk down the aisle in this dress feeling both comfortable and glamorous.
Continuing with Henkaa’s trademark convertible straps and lace overlays, I bring you the Daffodil Lace Convertible Wedding Dress. Exquisite in nature, this is a combination of the Daffodil Lace Overlay worn on top of their Viola Maxi, offering numerous possibilities for how to wear this dress. The thick straps draping behind the shoulders is my favorite part of this dress, as it offers a dash of romance served in sheer lace. The hemline comes down and over the foot. You could wear this one during any season, just be sure to layer up if it gets nippy!
This dress is both subtly sexy and oh so sweet! The Sakura Tea-Length Chiffon Convertible Wedding Dress is ideal for those looking for a simple streamlined look. It is also a combination look, including both the Sakura Midi Convertible Dress and the Hana Midi Chiffon Overlay. Play it up or dress it down, with this convertible dress your options are limitless. Banding in the waist allows the skirt to fall fully and softly, with the hem hitting just above the ankles. With so many possible looks, how can you go wrong!?
Out of the ordinary and sure to be a conversation starter, the Tulip Dress by eShakti is a dress to watch. It is blooming with floral adornments on a sheer tulle bodice. At under $100, this interesting dress has a lot to offer at a very affordable price point. The best feature about this dress is the poly dupioni pleated wrap skirt with a rounded hem that comes across your legs as though you're wearing a tulip. eShakti is amazing when it comes to customization, allowing you to change the length of the sleeves and skirt, making it versatile for any season. Oh yeah...and it has pockets!
And for the pièce de rèsistance: the Plunge Dupioni Maxi. This wedding dress from eShakti is an absolute steal. The daring dive in the front of the dress is balanced with the width of the shoulder straps, keeping you covered. Princess seams at the bodice allows for a very long, flattering fit with an a-line silhouette. The most important thing about this wedding dress is…yes, IT HAS POCKETS! Nothing better than a wedding dress that's both lovely and functional. I can see this as fun spring to summer ensemble. eShakti’s slogan is "We design it. You customize it," so how could you not appreciate all this dress has to offer!
Searching for a wedding day outfit is always easier when you can trust a brand will have something in your size or offers customized fitting. Everyone should feel confident in the dress they select and not settle based on size availability. These three great brands are just a sampling of what the wedding fashion world has to offer for plus sized nearly-weds. Remember, say “yes” to dress that says “yes” to you.
La'Quitia Denson is the wedding and portrait photographer behind Beyond The Pond Photography. She serves the Northeast region of Pennsylvania including the Greater Scranton/Wilkes Barre area, however she's always willing to travel. While she loves cuddling with her cat, Anubis, reading thriller novels, trying new cuisine and letting loose to all kinds of music, you can find her advocating for the LGBTQ+ community as a bi woman, elevating Women of Color and fighting for all around justice of marginalized folks of all kinds.