Plus Size Beach Wedding Dress Shopping Guide: Choose from stunning beach and informal plus size wedding dresses!

The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing your plus size beach wedding dress is COMFORT.

Your beach wedding is going to be one of the most memorable days of your life. Don’t ruin it by choosing an inappropriate gown. If you’ve always dreamed of having one of those full, fairytale ball gowns, then perhaps you should reconsider having a beach wedding in the first place.

The same applies for your bridal shoes. Before beauty, think COMFORT! There’s no sugar coating this … You will look ridiculous trying to walk with high heels on the sand.

Now back to your beach wedding dress.

How to choose the right plus size beach wedding dress: Tips & Advice

Tip #1

Stay calm and confident. Just because in most bridal magazines and TV shows you only see stick figure brides, it doesn’t mean that you won’t find the right dress for you.

Many bridal retailers today are catering for the plus size bride.

Do browse around bridal magazines though.

This will give you at least a vague idea of what style of dress you want to go for. That’s if you don’t have a particular one in mind already.

plus size beach wedding dress

Available at Plus Size Bridal UK

plus size casual wedding dresses

Available at Alfred Angelo

Tip #2

Start looking for a wedding dress as early as possible. We recommend that you start looking for your dress some 8 months before the wedding. Don’t panic. This advice is relevant for all beach brides, not just plus size.

This is especially true if you’re going to have your dress custom made. Plus you also need to consider the fact that your first fitting should be at least two months before your wedding.

In addition, your bridal shop might need to order your dress because they don't have it in stock. So that’s possibly another 3 months waiting for your dress to arrive.

Nowadays, more brides are choosing to buy their wedding dress online. This is a convenient and somewhat faster way of browsing through all the wedding dresses that there are available and then make your decision.

When ordering online, you need to consider shipping time and possibly returns.

informal plus size wedding dresses

Available at Alfred Angelo

Tip #3

If you’re going to visit a bridal salon, take some friends or family with you. Ask for their honest opinion and feedback.

Plus Size Casual Wedding Dresses: Choosing the right style

So what type of styles are best for the Plus Size Beach Bride?


The A-line plus size beach wedding dress would be fitted at the bust and widens to a full skirt resembling the letter A. This style is very flattering for bottom-heavy figures.


An Empire style beach wedding dress is high waisted, flowing and skims lightly over your curves. With these types of informal plus size wedding dresses, the waist line is above the natural waistline, usually right below the bust. Perfect if you have a thick waist or are bottom-heavy.

V Neck

If you're heavy busted, the V Neck style is very flattering. Choose a halter style or plunging neckline for a sexier look.

With Sleeves

If you've got heavy arms, you might want to consider getting a dress with sleeves (lace or chiffon sleeves look stunning).

Off shoulder styles can also be very flattering.

For a stylish romantic look, you can also wear a chic wrap around your arms. This will look gorgeous on a simple and informal beach wedding dress because it will make it look more elegant and stylish. Three-quarter sleeves are another option.

Things to take note of ...

- Full ball gown dresses are not suitable for a beach wedding plus they will add to overall roundness.

- Avoid short or tea-length wedding dresses, if you’re self conscious about your legs. They will make you look shorter and heavier.

- Watch out for the material of the dress. Avoid thick material. But ideally, you should look for material that is somewhat “stiff” and that does not cling to the body so much. Also avoid dresses with too many layers and fabric. This will not look flattering.

Informal Plus Size Wedding Dresses: Online Vendors

Feast your eyes on some stunning plus size beach and informal dresses from the following online vendors ... Your perfect plus size beach wedding dress is waiting just for you!

Plus Size Bridal

Davids Bridal

Bridal Gowns on Sale

Hi Bridal

Ideal Wedding Dresses

Shop of Brides

The Beach Wedding Dresses Shop

In Style Wedding Dresses

Wedding Dresses Custom

Lavahut (for gorgeous Plus Size Hawaiin Wedding Dresses)

A final word on Beach & Casual Wedding Dresses Plus Size ...

Whatever style of plus size beach wedding dress you choose, make sure that you’re comfortable in it. A million dollar dress will mean nothing, if you feel self conscious in it. Choose a dress that you love, that fits you well and most of all that you’re comfortable wearing.

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