Are you planning your wedding or helping your best friend plan hers? How exciting! You probably stumbled across our site because you or your friend are thinking about keeping the wedding ceremony cute and casual, and we love that idea! There are so many pressures that come with wedding planning—finding the right dress and coordinating with your soon to be husband and the bridal party can be one of the biggest stressors. And that’s why we think it’s the perfect idea to forgo a traditional wedding dress or bridesmaid dresses for a more casual—yet chic—look.
Finding a Flattering Dress that Feels Like the One
It’s no secret. Shopping for a traditional wedding dress is difficult, thanks to the skewed sizing and lack of available plus size options in person. But shopping for a more laid-back and casual wedding dress should alleviate a lot of those obstacles because these clothes were made with your curves and your figure in mind.
To find “the dress,” ask yourself “What is my body shape?” In doing so, you’ll learn more about dress silhouettes and areas of your body that you want to highlight. You will want to determine what you do and don’t feel most confident in so that you can narrow in on a dress that makes you feel radiant on your big day. Now that you know your body and you have an idea of the style of dress you’d love to wear, let’s see if we can get you to say “yes” to these casual dresses.
1. Casual White Dresses
Most brides want to stick to the tradition of wearing chic white dresses on their wedding day—even if they are opting for a more casual dress than the traditional wedding gown. And we totally understand why. White is such an easy color to plan everything else around, and it still infuses any wedding with tradition.
2. Whimsical Maxi Dresses
Are you getting married on the beach or in nature? We adore these weddings, as they can be such a breath of fresh air from the typical ceremony. If you find yourself saying “I do” by the sea, plus size maxi dresses that are neutral and whimsical will look incredible on you. These dresses are versatile so you can easily accessorize to make the dress look more elegant or better fit the theme of your wedding.
3. The Slip Dress with a High Slit
Are you having a more laid-back ceremony, but you still want to experience the feel of walking down the aisle in a beautiful and glamorous gown? Don’t give up on that dream just yet. Plus size slip dresses are the perfect bridge between casual and glammed up. We recommend finding a slip dress that is fitted through the top and which has a high slit on one side. This slit adds a touch of sexy to your dress that will have everyone turning their heads.
4. The Lace Dress
Lace is such a beautiful touch for any occasion, but especially for a wedding. If you want to wear white, but you also want something that’s a little more exciting, walk down the aisle in a bodycon lace dress that hugs every curve just right.
5. Dare to Wear the Mini Dress
Who said wedding dresses have to be full length and long? They don’t! In fact, we love the idea of wearing a flowy mini dress for a casual ceremony. If you want your wedding dress to be different from the rest, this may be a fun approach to a casual wedding dress.
Traditional weddings will always be around, but more and more people are starting to create their own traditions and shake up the norm. We think it’s great that the conversation around wedding dresses has become accommodating of more casual styles. No matter what kind of ceremony you decide to throw, we know you are going to look absolutely stunning walking down the aisle!