Finding the perfect wedding dress can be a challenge for women of all shapes and sizes. While finding the right dress is often about personal style and preference, the perfect gown should also highlight your unique body shape. For plus size brides, certain dress styles can enhance your curves and flaunt your figure beautifully. Here we take a closer look at the styles our team often recommend to customers at our Curve store in Islington.

Ballgown Style Wedding Dresses

Ballgown wedding dresses are characterised by a fitted bodice and a dramatically full skirt that flares out at the waist. This iconic style is perfect for brides who dream of a fairy tale wedding. For plus size brides, a ballgown style can be exceptionally flattering as it cinches in at the smallest part of the waist and cascades outwards, creating a beautiful hourglass silhouette. The voluminous skirt helps balance out the proportions of the body, and it also provides the option of choosing a gown with a dramatic train.

This stunning ballgown design is by Madi Lane.

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A-Line Style Wedding Dresses

An A-line wedding dress, named for the shape it creates, is fitted at the top and gradually flares out from the waist, resembling the shape of the letter ‘A’. This style is universally flattering and is a superb choice for plus size women. It cinches at the waist and flares gracefully to the ground, which creates a streamlined silhouette. A-line gowns can also be customised with various necklines, sleeves, and embellishments, allowing each bride to find a design that resonates with her personal style.

This beautiful A-line wedding dress is by Rembo Styling.

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Mermaid Style Wedding Dresses

Mermaid wedding dresses, also known as fit-and-flare dresses, are fitted through the bodice and hips and flare out around or just below the knee. This style is ideal for plus size brides who want to highlight their curves. Mermaid gowns accentuate the bust, waist, and hips, which is perfect for those who want to flaunt their figure on their big day. This style is all about confidence and can be customised with different fabrics and embellishments to match the bride’s personal taste.

This sleek mermaid style wedding dress is by Justin Alexander.

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Empire Style Wedding Dresses

Empire wedding dresses are defined by a raised waistline that sits just below the bust, from which the rest of the dress flows down to the hem. This style can help elongate the body’s appearance, making it an excellent choice for plus size brides. Empire wedding dresses also provide ample coverage and comfort, which can be a bonus for brides who prefer a more modest look. These dresses can be designed with various fabrics and detailing, from lacy sleeves to intricate beading, offering a multitude of options for customisation.

This pretty empire style wedding dress is by Essense of Australia.

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Sheath Style Wedding Dresses

Sheath wedding dresses are designed to fall straight down from the neckline to the hem, with little flare out. This style, also known as a column dress, closely follows the body’s natural shape and can create a longer, leaner look. For plus size women, a sheath dress can be a great option to showcase your curves subtly. This style often features lightweight, flowing fabrics like silk and chiffon, which drape beautifully over the body without adding extra volume. It’s an ideal choice for brides seeking a simple yet elegant look.

This sheath style wedding dress is by Karen Willis Holmes.

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Discover more beautiful plus size wedding dress designs

We love helping brides discover different styles of beautiful plus size wedding dresses that will make them feel beautiful and elegant as soon as they try them on. If you can’t see the style of dress you are looking for here, get in touch with our friendly London team for further advice or to book an appointment at our bridal store.


Angelica Bridal is a bridal boutique in the bustling Angel area of Islington, offering a one-on-one personal bridal shopping experience since 2009. The store is by appointment only. In 2021, Angelica Bridal opened their Curve store on Liverpool Road in Islington, offering an eclectic collection of gowns for plus size brides.

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