Plus Size Wedding Guest Dresses Ideas

Plus Size Wedding Guest Dresses and Accessories Ideas

Obviously, plus-size wedding guest fashion isn’t about having tent-like and unflattering evening dresses that make the curvy shapes look even wider. Nowadays, there are plenty elegant and chic styles to fit and flatter your figure type, best to wear for any type of wedding ceremonies, from casual dresses for a simple afternoon ceremony, to a fun, flirty cocktail dress for an after five wedding, to an elegant evening gown to make a dramatic entrance when the invitations calls for black tie only

While the selection of casual plus-sized dresses on the market has improved, formal plus-size dresses surely still leave something to be desired. But as long as you choose the right one, no matter which dress’s formality you are wearing, it will let you have an enjoyable banquet. By the invitation, you can usually find out whether the wedding is casual, semi-formal, formal, or white tie, so save yourself some guesswork and check it first.

Before you start dressing for a wedding, first thing first, know some tips and tricks on how to fashion for plus size figures, because you’ll want to look just as beautiful and be just as appropriately-dressed as the other wedding guests. Look for a dress that is figure-flattering and makes you feel gorgeous.

Check these article about plus size fashion advices (Fashion Tricks to Make You Look Slimmer at the Party, Fashion Tips and Style If You are Plus Size), as well as these articles (Wedding Guest Attire: What to Wear to a Wedding part 1, 2, and 3) for choosing the right wedding guest dresses in general

Secondly, when you are attending to a wedding, always think simple elegance and comfort. Remember that modesty is the best policy. Opt for the right dress of your age, your personal style, and theme of the day. Here are some tips and tricks for daytime and evening weddings, depending on its formality.

Plus, take a look at the images for plus size wedding guest dresses and accessories ideas – here, I picked three most popular online stores (macy’s, nordstrom, and Igigi) – worth picking for their fabulous collection.

Plus Size Wedding Guest Dresses at Daytime Weddings

Bright and Colorful Plus Size At Daytime Weddings

Informal: Especially at morning reception, bet on a simple and light outfit. Don’t go too vibrant and look for pastel colors like peach, soft greens, powdery pink, and baby blues. While at the afternoon, you can have much brighter and more colorful piece. Try a dress that hits around the knees and get creative with subtle accessories,

Plus Size Wedding Guest Outfits Afternoon Reception

Semi-Formal: Pick attire with a more conservative design and an appropriate color. Sheaths, shifts, wraps or A-line dresses are the perfect choices. Be more formal by wearing jewelries, clutches, and pumps. Choose dresses with open neck-line to easily get dressed-up with pearl earrings or with a wrap for a cool weather wedding.

Plus Size Formal Wedding Guest Attire with Open Neck-lineFormal: At this occasion, a short cocktail dress is your perfect choice. Add a traditional touch with a hat and shoes for a classic European look. Unless the wedding is held indoor or with a very luxurious theme, don’t go with sparkling dress during daytime wedding.

At Evening Weddings

Plus Size Guest Dresses At Evening WeddingsInformal: Find something more feminine, glamour, and elegant. Choose dress in darker shades or add some dainty sparks to give a touch of luxury. Wear a cocktail, or “after five” dress. Look for one that ranges from below the knee to tea length, about two inches above the ankle.

Evening Wedding Guest Fashions for Plus Size WomenSemi-Formal: Just like the afternoon weddings, for semi-formal reception choose a conservative cocktail dress or long dress with more glamorous fabrics like chiffon, silk, and satin. They are all good choices for semi-formal gowns.

Evening Plus Size Wedding Guest GownsFormal or Black Tie: Floor length gowns are the better options for this occasion, even though you still can wear a dressy cocktail gown with a bit of a flounce, exquisite details and a touch of sparks.

White Tie Gowns for Plus Size Women 01

White Tie: No exception, at this kind of formality, you must go all out with a luxurious ball or prom gown, gorgeous accessories, a stole or wrap, and stunning heels. Wear an outfit that would look great with a stole and gems, but keep the balance for an elegant appearance.

White Tie Guest Dresses for Plus Size Women 04

Plus Size Wedding Guest Accessories

Accessorizing is an exciting time for most women, and it’s the perfect time to make that great outfit just right with great accessories. Learn how you can accessorize your attire to best accentuate your beautiful curvy shape.

1.On a wedding, try to always stick to the classic. Wear the never-fail accessories like pearls, drop earrings, and classic cuff bracelets.

2.Start with your ears. Opt for the perfect earrings matched with your outfit and the level of formality depending on the type of wedding.  In general, gold tends to go best with dark colors, and silver is perfect for pastels. You can wear offbeat colored jewelry when you are dressed down. But obviously, the freedom is yours that you have plenty options to choose any earrings you want. If you want people to notice your face first, so bigger earrings are best for the plus-sized figure. Remember to keep balance.

3. Choose other jewelry like necklace, bangles or cuff, rings, pin or brooch. Don’t wear all jewelries if your outfit is already “busy” with prints, colors, and details. Keep in mind that some clothes are best worn without necklaces, for example lace tops and busy necklines generally need no necklace. Pick a bracelet when wearing short sleeves. Or make sure the bracelet looks good when you move.

4. Walk in front of the mirror. Watch yourself moving, standing, and sitting, and see how the outfit looks on you. Figure out what looks good and point out what is unflattering to yourself. Even the most beloved outfits can have unflattering points. Fix those bad points with accessories. For example, if your shirt has too many details and, in the movements you tried out, often gives the illusion that your stomach is protruding, you can use a scarf or makeshift belt to create a flattening effect.

5. If you want to go for simplicity, your outfit could be enhanced by two or three pieces of jewelry in the same color tones. Don’t forget to match the entire look with matching clutch and heels. This can add elegance and glamor to an otherwise very simple ensemble. Be creative with the outfit. Try converting scarves and shawls into other things to accessorize a matching outfit. A scarf can become a belt or a collar. Use your imagination. There are endless possibilities for adding accessories to your plus-sized fashions.

Morning Plus Size Wedding Guest Accessories

Evening Plus Size Wedding Guest Accessories

Afternoon Plus Size Wedding Guest Accessories

Formal Plus Size Wedding Guest Accessories




Last but not least, don’t forget to find more and more ideas of Wedding Guest Dresses via :
What to Wear to a Wedding : Shoes, Clutches and Jewelries
– What to Wear to a Wedding : Spring Summer 2014 Plus Size Wedding Guest Dresses at here
– Style Ideas: Wedding Guest Dresses and Attires For All Seasons at here
– What to Wear to a Wedding : Fall Winter 2014 Plus Size Wedding Guest Dresses at here
– 15 Plus Size Fall Winter Wedding Guest Dress – Outfit Ideas at here

or check out Plus Size Wedding Guest Dresses tags

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16 comments on «Plus Size Wedding Guest Dresses and Accessories Ideas»

  1. Dee says:

    Hi dee-nee;
    I have been shopping for months for a dress for my brothers wedding this coming June. It is a formal affair, so we are expected to dress properly. I am a 53 year old woman, and I wear a size 20. At least by most places measurements. I do not want anything that fits tight, or clings to my torso. I am 5″4, and I weigh 235 lbs. Can you help me out?

    1. dee-nee says:

      Hi Dee 🙂

      I don’t really know your personal style and how formal the occasion is. But I guess, you are looking for a dress that is fit but loose enough for best comfort and still suitable for a formal event.

      Here are some online stores that offer dresses you might like. I choose dresses in various styles and colors (since I don’t know which one that suits your style and the occasion). You can browse more throughout the sites – they still have plenty of dresses – if my suggestions aren’t your choice

      OneStopPlus : Side Tie Gown, Jacket Dress, Zig Zag Dress, Beaded Jacket Dress, Floral Print Dress, Crinkle Dress Set , Swirl Jacket Dress

      Macy’s : Embellished Tiered Dress and Jacket

      David’s Bridal : Chiffon Jacket Dress, Lace Long Dress , Neckline Dress , Tiered Jersey Dress , Beaded Jacket Dress (Eggplant)

      french novelty :
      Capri Plus by Mon Cheri : Long Jacket Dress, Two Piece Silk Burnout, Long Sleeve Short Dress, Long Dress with Lace Cape, Tea Length Burnout Dress, Draped Dress

      Ursula Plus Size Dresses : Jacket Dress, Tea Length Dress, Tea Length Jacket Dress, Tiered Long Dress

      Hope it helps Dee 🙂
      Have a nice day

  2. mona says:

    I have a wedding to go to and I don’t know where to shop for sun dress , the wedding is in evening indoor. help

    1. dee-nee says:

      Hi Mona,

      Have you considered checking this article “What to Wear to a Wedding Spring Summer 2014 Plus Size Wedding Guest Dresses”
      There are plenty of ideas for sun dress.
      Hopefully you could find some choices for the dress, asap

      Thanks for the comment and have a great day 🙂

  3. Piniful says:

    These are some beautiful dresses. I really like the one Ashley Graham is wearing. She’s my favorite plus size model.

    1. dee-nee says:

      Ashley Graham is indeed a real beautiful woman
      Couldn’t agree more with you Piniful

      Thanks much for sharing, have a wonderful day 🙂

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  5. Linzle says:

    The peach/brown Igigi dress Slide 42/44… Any idea the style number on this? SInce I saw this post a year later, I’m having a really hard time and realize I may not find it. I’m not a dress girl and I love it!

    1. dee-nee says:

      Hi Linzle,

      The dress is Monique Dress by Igigi – but already sold out
      And I can’t find other stores that have the same dress
      Sorry 🙁

      Thank you so much for your comment Linzle
      Have a beautiful day 🙂

  6. Heather says:

    Hi Dee-
    I just came across your website post and I was hoping you could help me? I’m getting married in July in Riviera Maya Mexico and I’ve been desperately trying to find a dress that’s appropriate for my mother! She’s plus size, but only about 5′ 3″ tall. She has broad shoulders so strapless doesn’t really suit her and is apple shaped. She says she wants something ‘different’ and ‘cool’ and doesn’t want to look stuffy. The images she’s been showing me for ‘inspiration’ that she’s torn out are seriously horrifying me. Can you please help suggest somewhere I can send her or point me in the right direction here??
    Many, many thanks!!

    1. Heather says:

      I should add that I’m not having a casual beach wedding. It’s ‘beach chic’, so not super formal but not casual either. But it will be July in Mexico so cognizant of the fact it will be blazing hot and fabric should be gauzy, flowy, etc.

      1. dee-nee says:

        Hi Heather,

        You could probably check “Spring Summer 2015 Plus Size Wedding Guest Dress with Guidelines” for ideas. There are some dresses which might perfect for your mother (for more options, also check other pages – which is not only for beach wedding).

        I don’t know how formal and casual your wedding is, but here I also found some beautiful dresses :
        London Times Pintuck Jersey Keyhole Sheath Dress >>> I love the beautiful blue shade and simple silhouette of this dress
        Dakota Plus Size Dress in Bright Coral >>> Also like the color and style, plus wrap dress also looks perfect for apple shape
        Forever Unique Plus Off The Shoulder Ruched Maxi Dress >>> If you look for a maxi dress, I think this dress is simple yet classy enough for semi formal wedding
        ASOS CURVE Premium Placed Nautical Mesh Insert Dress >>> This one is more casual yet still look dressy (but I don’t know if it’s suitable for your wedding)
        One shoulder pleated maxi dress >>> I like this one the most, Asymmetrical style is pretty different from other mother of the bride dresses, but I don’t know if your mom would want to wear such neckline
        Pleated one shoulder dress >>> Another one-shoulder dress but with knee-length hem. Love the color too
        Lace fit & flare dress with bow >>> The color is so adorable 🙂 … it’s made of lace but the review says it’s very soft and comfortable to wear

        That’s all I can help Heather
        Hopefully you like some of the options
        I wish you a wonderful, beautiful wedding day 🙂

    2. Denise says:

      Thank you for the compliment of asking me. I would like know what your wedding party colors are, then fine something that is classy for her, what is her favorite colors? Macy is a great place to shop or go on line depending on when the wedding is!

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  8. Vicki says:

    I am a short (5 ft). 200 lb women. My niece is getting married on the beach in the evening. Family pictures will be taken, I wan’t to look nice not frumpy. I am in my 60’s , any help.

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