There is a difference between actual wedding dresses plus size and the kind of wedding dresses being talked about here. A wedding dress being the dress which is worn by the bride herself is normally made bespoke and so there is a sense in which it can never be plus size. It is simply the size that it is measured and fitted as.
No, the plus size wedding dresses referred to in this title are more properly thought of as bridesmaids’ dresses or clothes suited to the mothers of the bride and groom. So, what are the current trends in dressing members of the bridal party?
One of the biggest no-nos is to dress bridesmaids in the same colour as the bride. Bridesmaids are also not supposed to wear red, apparently. Though in reality any colour other than white is pretty much ok. What does matter is that the bridesmaids’ dresses match each other and the outfit worn by the bride.
If you have a good florist, you can use a floral colour scheme to get great effect by matching it with the bridesmaids’ dresses. The norm is to take a colour from the key flower in your arrangements and use that as the main colour for the bridesmaids’ dresses. For example, if you are using orange flowers with a purple edge to the petals, then the bridesmaids can wear purple dresses.
Wedding dresses plus size for the mothers are a little more free and easy. Again, wearing white is right out. Wearing the same colour as the bridesmaids is also unfortunate. Normally, the mothers select an outfit in their favourite colour. However, it may be helpful to get the florist involved with the mother’s dress at an early stage as mothers often have flowers to wear or hold. These may clash with their outfits if the two are selected separately.
Of course, in addition to wedding dresses plus size, mothers have one other sartorial consideration to make which is traditionally unique to them – the hat. The mothers’ wedding day hats are the creation in and of itself and should always be selected to match the dress and the rest of the outfit; or it might be more helpful for the mothers to create their outfit from the hat down, as it were. In other words, if the hat is going to be the most difficult part of the outfit to put together (or if she has already seen a hat that she likes), then sort headgear first and let the colours of the dress flow from the colours of the hat.
As far as the material is concerned, there are almost no restrictions on the dresses bridesmaids and members of the bridal party can wear. Ultimately, the only thing to remember is that no one should outshine the bride. Less expensive fabrics and complementary colours need to be the order of every matrimonial day. That said, the mother of the bride is allowed to look classier than the bridesmaids!
There are a number of rules and traditions to keep in mind when looking for plus size dresses for weddings or otherwise.