20 Plus-Size Dresses for Engaged Brides-to-Be

For your engagement party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, and beyond!

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Size inclusive dress options run the gamut this year (as they should!), from feminine designs to casual and elegant classics, and we’ve just made shopping for the perfect occasion even easier. Now that you’re engaged, you'll need multiple looks for your engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party, and rehearsal dinner (to name a few). There are also those extra wedding-related events like a post-wedding brunch and a honeymoon! For all these occasions, you will undoubtedly need a gorgeous dress—likely two or three, at least! “When thinking about wedding-related events, I always say go for the silhouettes that work best for you,” Danielle Williams Eke11 Honoré’s design director, tells Brides. “Don’t feel like you have to try something new silhouette-wise. Let the details of the dress and the styling help you stand out for your special day.”

Meet the Expert

  • Danielle Williams Eke is the design director of the luxury size-inclusive retailer, 11 Honoré. With a specialty in extended sizes, Williams Eke pioneers patterns, fits, and silhouettes for the plus-size consumer and spearheads the design team and production of the retailer’s private label, The 11 Honoré Collection.

After considering your own personal style, keep the specific occasion in mind—and what kind of statement you're looking to make! For a laid-back engagement party or bridal shower, Williams Eke recommends easy silhouettes like a wrap dress or fluid midis in elevated casual fabrics like stretch linen and textured organic cotton. Whether it be in a backyard, the mountains, or even seaside, silhouettes and fabrics such as these pair beautifully with an outdoor event. This will create a romantic yet luxurious look for the effortlessly chic bride. For dressier looks suited to a rehearsal dinner or wedding-day brunch, dare to make a statement by opting for bold details and sharp silhouettes. Williams Eke favors figure-accentuating fits including V-necklines, halters, and waist-cinching sheaths—as well as unique details such as ruching, asymmetrical hems, or a voluminous silhouette. These types of attributes will create that unforgettable "wow" factor—you are the bride after all!

Ready to shop dresses that are size inclusive and fit for your curves? Discover 20 of our favorites for every style and budget ahead.

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For the Bridal Shower: Lulus Together in Bliss White Lace Long Sleeve Mermaid Maxi Dress

For the Bridal Shower: Lulus Together in Bliss White Lace Long Sleeve Mermaid Maxi Dress

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Runs: True to Size | Size: XS - 3X | Materials: Lace

Delicate and romantic, this floor-length lace gown just may be the epitome of bridal. Featuring a daring slit, long lace sleeves, and a square neckline, pair this beauty with statement earrings and keep your neckline bare to highlight your décolleté.

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Best Pearl Dress: Eloquii Pearl Cuff Dress

Best Pearl Dress: Eloquii Pearl Cuff Dress

Courtesy of Eloquii

Runs: True to Size | Size: 14 - 24 | Materials: Stretch Knit Ponte and Pearls

Pearls always feel unique and sophisticated with this long-sleeve dress being no exception. It’s a stylish choice for any bride-to-be in favor of unique detailing.

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Most Effortlessly Chic: BHLDN Caron V-Neck Crepe Dress

Most Effortlessly Chic: BHLDN Caron V-Neck Crepe Dress

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Runs: True to Size | Size: 0 - 26 | Materials: Crepe

This V-neck dress is perfect for a dressier celebration, be it an engagement party, bridal shower, or rehearsal dinner. It’s an excellent second-look style as well if you’re looking for a simpler late-night look.

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Best Floral Print: Tanya Taylor Sasha Dress

Best Floral Print: Tanya Taylor Sasha Dress

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Runs: True to Size | Size: 0 - 22 | Materials: Cotton-Silk Fil Coupé

Between the cheerful floral print and voluminous sleeves, this feminine dress screams festive! Style yours with a delicate sandal as an offset to the voluminous design.  

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Best Sleeve Detail: Eloquii The Nabela Dress

Best Sleeve Detail: Eloquii The Nabela Dress

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Runs: True to Size | Size: 14 - 28 | Materials: Chiffon

For your moment in the spotlight, no detail feels fresher than a whimsical puff sleeve. The sweetheart neckline and flowing skirt beautifully balance out the dramatic sleeves of this blush midi.

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For a Casual Engagement Party: 11 Honoré Nola Dress

For a Casual Engagement Party: 11 Honoré Nola Dress

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Runs: True to Size | Size: 10 - 28 | Materials: Cotton and Cashmere

The cotton and cashmere fabric of the Nola Dress provides a luxurious look to an understated style. Williams Eke says, “This easy silhouette can be styled up with a cute wrap-heeled sandal, statement earrings, and a wide-brimmed hat. The versatility of this dress means you can also wear it for years to come!”

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Best Bustier Detail: Hilary Macmillan Bustier Dress

Best Bustier Detail: Hilary Macmillan Bustier Dress

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Runs: True to Size | Size: XS - 4X | Materials: Cotton and Nylon

Highlight your neckline and waist in this bustier silhouette by Hilary Macmillan. The bodice provides structure while the skirt flows beautifully with every step.

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Most Romantic: Faithfull The Brand Clement Midi Dress Nadya Floral

Most Romantic: Faithfull The Brand Clement Midi Dress Nadya Floral

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Runs: True to Size | Size: XS - XXL | Materials: Rayon Crepe

No rule says every bridal look has to be white. This floral print dress is incredibly romantic for a bridal shower or luncheon. 

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Best Sequin Dress: CeCe Sequin V-Neck Cocktail Dress

Best Sequin Dress: CeCe Sequin V-Neck Cocktail Dress

Courtesy of Nordstrom

Runs: True to Size | Size: 1X - 3X | Materials: Sequins

You’ll shine your bridal brightest in this sequin number! We love it for a festive bachelorette or after-party look.

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For Something Blue: City Chic Opulent Dress

For Something Blue: City Chic Opulent Dress

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Runs: True to Size | Size: 14 - 18 | Materials: Satin

Opt for the sophisticated and sexy Opulent Dress in either navy or peacock for your "something blue." The luxurious sheen to the satin fabric in addition to this irresistible fit makes for the most eye-catching design.

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Best Off-the-Shoulder: Torrid Ivory Lace Off Shoulder Bodycon Dress

Best Off-the-Shoulder: Torrid Ivory Lace Off Shoulder Bodycon Dress

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Runs: Large | Size: 10 - 30 | Materials: Lace

Classic and elegant, this off-the-shoulder lace dress is perfect for a formal celebration or civil ceremony at City Hall. It's the perfect modern take on a timeless lace dress. 

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For a Virtual Bridal Brunch: River Island Plus Tiered Smock Mini Dress

Best For a Virtual Bridal Brunch: River Island Plus Tiered Smock Mini Dress

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Runs: True to Size | Size: 14 - 24 | Materials: Cotton

Being comfortable has never looked so good. This ultra lounge-able tiered smock dress is ideal for a virtual party on Zoom. The soft cotton fabric and flowy fit makes it an effortlessly pretty look.

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Best Slip Dress: BHLDN Cali Satin Charmeuse Midi Dress

Best Slip Dress: BHLDN Cali Satin Charmeuse Midi Dress

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Runs: True to Size | Size: 0 - 16 | Materials: Satin Charmeuse

Keep things simple but sophisticated in this satin charmeuse slip dress. If your taste skews minimal, this design is a dream. Plus, this beauty has over 20 color options to choose from!

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For the Edgy Bride: Byron Lars Carissima Sheath Dress

For the Edgy Bride: Byron Lars Carissima Sheath Dress

Courtesy of Anthropologie

Runs: True to Size | Size: 00 - 22W | Materials: Nylon, Cotton, and Spandex

What’s more quintessential than lace for a bride? This knee-length style gives off a modern and edgy twist with its black ribbon belt and center corset detailing.

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Best Asymmetric Shape: Coyan Dua Dress

Best Asymmetric Shape: Coyan Dua Dress

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Runs: True to Size | Size: 1 (0) - 8 (24) | Materials: Silk

Master easy elegance in this asymmetric dress by Coyan. You can style it in various ways—cinched at the waist or loose and flowy.

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Most Timeless: Amsale Deep V-Neck Dress

Most Timeless: Amsale Deep V-Neck Dress

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Runs: Small | Size: 00 - 28 | Materials: Silk Faille

If the timeless elegance of this waist-cinching dress weren’t enough, it has pockets! This subtle detail undoubtedly seals the deal.

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Best Black Party Dress: Eloquii Tulip Skirt Mini Dress

Best Black Party Dress: Eloquii Tulip Skirt Mini Dress

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Runs: True to Size | Size: 14 - 28 | Materials: Stretch Knit

LBD lovers, look no further than this rainbow sparkle dress for your bachelorette or after-party. The long sleeves and subtle gathering of the black fabric adds the most irresistibly sexy touch to this fitted silhouette.

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Best For Formal Parties: By Watters Mattea Gown

Best For Formal Parties: By Watters Mattea Gown

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Runs: True to Size | Size: 0 - 26W | Materials: Nylon and Spandex Mesh

For the fanciest of bridal celebrations, this full-skirted midi will hit a high note. Romantic details abound from the shirred sleeves to the dipped neckline and lace accents. 

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Best Wrap Dress: City Chic Sweet Love Lace Dress

Best Wrap Dress: City Chic Sweet Love Lace Dress

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Runs: True to Size | Size: 12 - 18 | Materials: Cotton and Nylon

Springtime brides most certainly deserve a fun and flirty lace moment. Enter this wrapped number with sweet flutter sleeves and a bow-tie detail. 

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Most Dramatic: Azeeza Plath Dress

Most Dramatic: Azeeza Plath Dress

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Runs: True to Size | Size: XL - XXXL | Materials: Silk

“Opt for a unique wedding day look with this voluminous gown by Azeeza,” Williams Eke suggests. “This 100% silk gazar dress features a high neck that ties in the back and a cascading asymmetrical hem that is sure to bring drama (the good kind) on your wedding day. The high-low hem calls for an exciting shoe, either bedazzled or in a pop color. Finish this look off with a glam drop earring.”

What to Look for When Shopping for a Plus-Size Engagement Dress

So, before you seal the deal on just one dress—whether it be for your bachelorette or bridal brunch—be sure to cover all of your bases. From your own personal style and the formality of the occasion down to the pieces you'll slip on beneath your bridal look, it's no doubt that even the smallest details can make a world of difference. For instance, while not all plus-size individuals have a fuller bust, seek out supportive design elements if you're a bustier bride. In fact, there continue to be more and more brands and designers that intentionally construct their styles to not only accommodate, but also accentuate, a plus-size figure. With that being said, plan your undergarments accordingly as shapewear can make all the difference in showing off your curves. Most importantly, do your research and don't hold limiting beliefs about what you can and cannot wear. Experiment with different styles by trying on varying silhouettes—and hey, that just means you get to play more dress up!

FAQ
  • What is the best plus-size engagement dress?

    When celebrating your upcoming wedding, you'll want to choose dresses that make you feel comfortable, elegant, and special. This can be a casual cotton midi, lace-adorned sheath, or satin maxi with pretty embellishments. It all depends on your personal preference and style of party.

  • Do you have to wear a white dress for engagement celebrations?

    Absolutely not! White dresses are fabulous for feeling your most bridal, but floral prints, bright colors, and sequin styles are equally stylish for various events. 

  • How do you style an engagement dress?

    Every dress calls for amazing accessories—it’s all about personal preference. A pair of heels works any time of year, whether you prefer a classic and simple design or festive detailing like bows or sequins. Delicate sandals, flats, and sneakers are great for casual spring and summer moments, while stylish boots and booties are great for fall or winter parties. 

Why Trust Us

Contributing writer Laura Lajines is a writer and editor covering all things fashion. Prior to her work with Brides, she served as the senior fashion editor at the Zoe Report and Popsugar. Her work has also been featured in ELLE, InStyle, Glamour, Refinery 29, Well+Good, and Barneys New York.

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