Finding Plus Size Dresses for the Mother of the Bride or Groom

Donna Cosmato
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Choosing a dress for your daughter's or son's wedding is a big decision. Finding one that feels as good as it looks can be challenging, especially if you have a full figure. Fortunately, number of retailers offer plus size mother of the bride and mother of the groom dresses that are stylish, flattering and appropriate.

Online Shopping Suggestions

You may need to shop online or at a specialty dress shop to find the largest selection of formal dresses in colors and sizes to meet your needs. Here are some suggested vendors to get you started on your shopping:

Jessica London

At Jessica London, they understand the needs of curvaceous women and offer flattering, fashionable clothing to meet those needs. Browse their bridal collection of designs ranging from sizes 1X (22 to 24) to 5X (sizes 38 to 40) in price points from $60 to $100 and up to find the best dress for you.

Sydneys Closet

Dress from Sydney's Closet
Dress from Sydney's Closet

Whether you are shopping for a dress for a formal, informal or destination theme wedding, you'll love the selections in Sydneys Closet's inventory. Browse their wide selection of elegant gowns ready-to-ship and made-to-order in sizes up to size 30.

Peggy Lutz Plus

While you don't want to upstage the bride, there's no reason why you can't look just as fashionable, and you can achieve that goal by shopping at Peggy Lutz Plus. Browse their large selection of mother of the bride custom-made dresses and separates specially designed to fit up to size 38/40 (a 70" bust) to find your perfect outfit for this special day.

Ulla Popken

Ulla Popken has a well-established reputation for catering to the special clothing requirements of plus-sized women, and their collection of cocktail and evening gowns contains a wide range of styles that are appropriate attire for mothers of brides-to-be. Sizes range from XL to 3X, and you can save money by making your selection from their sale and outlet collections.

Discount Elegant Bridal

Discount Elegant Bridal: As authorized dealers for Bonny Bridal Wedding Dresses, Davinci Bridal, and Impression Bridal, Discount Elegant Bridal guarantees to beat the advertised price from any authorized retailers by five percent. They stock a large range of designer brand formal dresses in sizes to 26.

Darius Cordell Fashion

Darius Cordell Fashion sells high-end mother of the bride dresses in all sizes. Since custom orders are allowed and any dress can be made to your measurements, you'll have no problem getting a dress that fits. Off the rack dresses start at $600 and custom orders start at $900.

Shopping at Retail Locations

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You may be able to find bridal party dresses at any of the high-end department stores. Additionally, retail stores such as David's Bridal carry extended size mother of the bride dresses as well. There are store locations throughout the United States or you can shop online. To find the location nearest to you, use the convenient David's Bridal store locator.

Other retailers that carry plus size dresses for the mother of the bride include:

  • Nordstrom: Enjoy customer perks such as free shipping or free returns when you shop for mother of the bride apparel at Nordstrom. They feature figure-flattering styles by high-end designers like Soul Mates, Alex Evenings, and J Kara.
  • Macy's: Browse their selection of high-end brands of wedding attire to find just the right dress for you. Choose from simple classic styles to elegant evening gowns from top designers like Alex Evenings, Evan Picone or Adrianne Papel.

Each of these retail stores also offers online shopping.

Budgeting for Mothers Grooms or Brides

Remember to set your budget as plus size formal clothing can often be very expensive. It's easy to get overwhelmed and end up spending a lot more money than you can afford so determine how much you want to spend for your complete outfit and stick to that amount. Remember to include the cost of shoes, accessories, alterations and lingerie in your budget.

Enjoy the Day

Your son's or daughter's wedding day is bound to be a day of varied emotions, but anxiety over your dress shouldn't be one of them. With a well-chosen plus size dress, you can stop worrying about fashion and focus on more important things.

Finding Plus Size Dresses for the Mother of the Bride or Groom