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affordable plus size wedding dresses under $500

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Surprise – I’m getting married! I’ve been (sort of?) quietly dating my partner for two years, and over the summer, we got engaged. The wedding industry is toxic and wild – but that’s probably a rant for a different day. Rather than authoring another thinkpiece about it, I wanted to compile some posts I wish I’d been able to find as I started planning this out. It’s hard to find affordable dresses, plus size dresses that aren’t just cupcake-y and chiffon, and very much advice or ideas on how to plan a non-traditional wedding.

Of course David’s Bridal is always a good source of dresses for plus and straight sizes, but I found a lot of them to be pricier than I anticipated they’d be. As I continue to research and plan my wedding, I keep stumbling upon disparate lists of great plus size bridal gown choices, so I thought I’d organize some together and share them here today!


They have an online sample sale running now!

Gallery dresses: J. JonesH. Golightly | D. Prince

Florave is an online startup that thinks carefully about their designs and details, and finds inspiration in fashionable celebrities. Their full-price dresses tend to be between $1500 and $3000, but there are some in a more budget-friendly range, like the K. Switzer. If you like a more classic silhouette, check them out for some affordable plus size wedding dress options!


Their sale section often has lots of affordable, under-budget options.

Gallery dresses: Fitzwater | Bethany | Sarita | JonesTinsley

Before I started wedding dress shopping, I imagined BHLDN to be wildly overpriced, like their sister store, Anthropologie. A few months into shopping and I now know they’re actually some of the more affordable options out there! In addition to their affordability, they’re also pretty size-inclusive, which also shocked me. They have gorgeous options, a range of designers, and sizes from 00 to 30. I did two store visits (with wildly different experiences each time,) but they’re definitely worth a look – right now, their sale section has pages of gorgeous options for under $500!


Gallery dresses: Backless Mermaid Gown | Lace Mermaid Dress | Short V-Neck Dress With Applique | A-Line Beach Dress

I wish I had done more research on Amazon before buying my dress – I love it, but there are so many gorgeous options on Amazon for crazy, inexpensive prices. Many gowns are made up to size 26W and almost all sellers I’ve seen also offer custom size options. Purchasing a gown on Amazon and then getting any necessary alterations is almost certainly more inexpensive than many of the more popular plus size wedding dress lines!

Show Me Your Mumu

Check their sale section for inexpensive options!

Gallery dresses: Noelle Flutter | Jenn MaxiGrace Beaded Maxi

Show Me Your Mumu is one of my favorite stores, and their wedding lines are just as boho, California-casual as the rest of their line. With options for brides, maids, and guests up to size 3X, even their most expensive gown is under $400.


Gallery dresses: Cutout Lace Sheath | Lace Bodice JumpsuitStrapless Metallic ChiffonFields Plunge Dress | V-Neck Evening Gown

Nordstrom does have a dedicated wedding dress shop, but with some creativity, you can also find some “regular” dresses that fit the bill. Setting the filters to “white” or “ivory” in a dress search opens up lots of options in both straight and plus sizes – and since they aren’t classified as “wedding” dresses, you’ll automatically see some lower prices.

Unique Vintage

Check their sale section for gorgeous plus size gowns!

Gallery dresses: Antique Ivory | Holly Dress | Strapless Lace Crystal

With sizes up to 5X, Unique Vintage was my biggest regret as far as not finding them in advance of buying my dress. Their styles range from Hepburn-inspired, ’20’s flappers, and 50’s rockabilly, to brides wanting more modern lace and fitted mermaid gown looks. Their sale section has many dresses under $100, and they often team up with other brands like Barbie for even more unique styles!


Gallery dresses: Off Shoulder Tulle | Ponte and Chiffon Dress | Ivory Lace Formal

Torrid only recently started breaking into “special occasion” dresses for plus size women, growing their already stellar lineup of clothes. With price points below $200 and frequent discount codes, they’re a must-look for plus brides in search of a more casual wedding dress.

October 23, 2019

Spring Favorites

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spring favorites It’s been awhile since I did a favorites post, so here are some things I’m loving lately!

entertainment favorites Sam Smith: I checked out his song “Latch” on a recommendation from Diana Agron – I’ll do anything she tells me, and I have not been disappointed. His voice is beautiful, soulful and smooth, and the lyrics are otherworldly.

Love Is a Mixtape by Rob Sheffield: I saw this in a bookstore when it was first released and was always interested in it, but never picked it up until recently. Ironically, it takes place in my city, so it’s funny to picture the places they are and think about the food they are eating. It’s an emotional read (I cried more than once) but I really liked it.

Private Practice: I’m a Shondaland die-hard (#hiremeshonda) and I watched the first two or three seasons when this was on the air and then college kept me too busy to watch Thursday night TV. I put this on one night as I fell asleep and am now finishing it out. It somehow got a bad reputation, but I have really enjoyed it for the most part thus far. Plus I’m having a good time playing Shondaland Bingo – the amount of Shondacest across her shows is mindboggling.

golfdanceLost: I recently binged on Lost as well. I finished all six seasons in less than a month. It was bad – I was watching in the morning before (and at) work, taking lunches home to cram in two episodes, and watching on the treadmill in an effort to finish before I kept getting spoiled too badly. Though there was a huge uproar about the finale when it ended, I was satisfied. I still have a lot of questions, so I’ve been researching and just sitting with it for a little while, and I plan to rewatch (a little more slowly) over the summer.

food Brooklyn Summer Ale: I tried this for the first time last October after my boss raved about it all season, but I wasn’t wowed by it. It was on tap at happy hour one Friday, so I thought I’d give it another crack, and I enjoyed it a lot more this time around. Make this a contender for your summer brew of choice.

Power Ice: These are going to be great for hot summer run recovery. They’re basically electrolyte popsicles to replenish what you lose through sweat, but they’re so much better than Gatorade. In addition to helping you refuel, they’ll also help cool you down.

fashion ASOS Plunge Backless suit: so after I posted about the summer suits I was loving, I found this MEGA sexy pick from ASOS. I’m typically drawn to bandeau bikinis because I hate tan lines, but I couldn’t resist this one. (And how is this one piece, with more fabric, somehow 100% sexier than a two-piece?)

eShakti: if you’ve never heard of eShakti, go check them out NOW! They’re an amazing company who designs clothes for women of all sizes from 0-36W, and if you don’t feel like you fit into a “normal” size (like me!) they allow you to measure yourself and submit your own measurements. As if that’s not enough, you can also customize the look – pick your neckline, hem length, sleeve length, and more. The pieces are incredible quality, and I’ll be featuring the dress I got from them soon.

Crazy Compression socks: I love me some compression, and these ones are so fun. They come in so many designs and colors, and would be great for running in a LOUD outfit for fun races like 80’s runs or The Color Run. Or for going out in public post-half marathon like I did 🙂

What are you loving lately?

I was provided samples from eShakti, Power Ice, and Crazy Compression, but as always, all opinions are my own. 
May 19, 2014

“I’m not fancy.”

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I did something scary, guys.

Well maybe “scary” is the wrong word – but definitely something I never really considered seriously doing until after it was done.

I did a vlog! It’s probably not terribly exciting or funny, but I showed off some new clothes and bathing suits and tease an upcoming giveaway!

I’m completely obsessed with watching haul videos or other kinds of vlogs so if you have a YouTube channel of them, link me!

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May 14, 2014