18 Plus-Size Wedding Reception Dress Picks To-Be-Weds Will Be Obsessed With

Two dresses are better than one, change my mind.
Three plus-size wedding reception dresses
Photos, left to right: Show Me Your Mumu, Azazie, Adrianna Papell
Lauren Whalley
by Lauren Whalley
Updated Sep 20, 2023
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It's no longer just about saying yes to your classic plus-size wedding dresses anymore. Nowadays, to-be-weds are looking for that perfect plus-size reception dress too. You know, the one you get to actually party the night away in? As a bridal fashion editor, I personally love this trend because it's another opportunity to incorporate your personal style and flair. Much like your bridal shower dress and rehearsal dinner dress, they can be super fun, flirty and made with breathable fabrics that are comfortable enough to wear for both dinner and dancing the night away. Plus, many size-inclusive retailers like Azazie, ELOQUII, Olivia Bottega and Nordstrom are hopping in on the trend with plenty of dresses, jumpsuits and pantsuits to choose from.

Below, shop our favorite plus-size reception dress picks available for every aesthetic, season and budget. Two dresses are better than one, after all.

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The Best Plus-Size Wedding Reception Dresses

Ceremony dresses are often about tradition, but wedding reception dresses are all about having fun while you celebrate your nuptials. I've pulled some reception-worthy options to get you started—from the chicest plus-size short wedding dresses to "it girl" slip dresses.

1. Best Strapless: Bridal by ELOQUII Draped Faux Leather Dress

Draped faux leather plus-size wedding reception dress from Bridal by ELOQUII

Simple, sexy and gorgeous are just a few ways we would describe this ELOQUII dress. The strapless leather plus-size reception dress has a snug fit bodice with front shirring and a high-low cascade ruffle, and we're obsessed.
Size range: 14-28 | Length: Mini High-Low | Materials: Faux Leather

2. Best Plus-Size Short Wedding Dress: Azazie Scarlette Mini Dress

Plus-size wedding reception mini dress from Azazie
Photo: Azazie

It doesn't get more cute than this plus-size short wedding dress, especially when it comes to a reception dress. This option has a lacey sweetheart neckline with gathered straps and a lace-up back, for a fun and flirty vibe.
Size range: 0-30; Custom Sizes Available | Length: Mini | Materials: Chiffon, Lace

3. Best Midi: Olivia Bottega Cameron Plus-Size Satin Midi Wedding Dress

Plus-size wedding reception satin midi dress from Olivia Bottega
Photo: Olivia Bottega

If you're on the hunt for something très élégante, let me introduce you to this Olivia Bottega midi. The off-the-shoulder sleeves are stunning, and they come in multiple colors if you want to change it up from your classic white.
Size range: 0-30; Custom Sizes Available | Length: Midi | Materials: Satin

4. Best Jumpsuit: City Chic Attract Jumpsuit in Ivory

Plus-size wedding reception jumpsuit from City Chic
Photo: City Chic

If you're looking for a sophisticated alternative to a plus-size wedding reception dress, consider this luxe jumpsuit from City Chic. The strapless neckline and draped layering over the pants make for a chic yet comfy fit.
Size range: 12-24 | Length: Full | Materials: Polyester

5. Best Slip: Jenny by Jenny Yoo Marnie Bias-Cut Satin V-Neck Scoop-Back Wedding Gown

Plus-size satin wedding reception dress from Jenny by Jenny Yoo
Photo: Anthropologie

A sleek, long slip dress will always look good at a wedding reception, and this one from Jenny Yoo is no exception. Style it with a pair of elbow-length satin wedding gloves for a touch of Old Hollywood glamour.
Size range: 0-26 | Length: Maxi | Materials: Polyester Satin

6. Best One-Shoulder: Show Me Your Mumu Wonder Mini Dress

One-shoulder plus-size wedding reception dress from Show Me Your Mumu
Photo: Show Me Your Mumu

This plus-size short wedding dress was made to be worn to a summer wedding reception or after party. The one-shoulder neckline is ultra-flattering, while the delicately ruffled edges are absolutely dreamy and allow for plenty of breathability.
Size range: XXS-3X | Length: Mini | Materials: Polyester

7. Best Slip: Aidan by Adrianna Papell Plus-Size Knit Crepe Midi Dress with Feather Shoulder Accents

Plus-size wedding reception midi dress from Aidan by Adrianna Papell with feather accents
Photo: Adrianna Papell

Looking to ruffle some feathers? The feather shoulder accents on this crepe plus-size midi dress from Adrianna Papell are simple details that transform this dress into something party-ready.
Size range: 0-26 | Length: Midi | Materials: Knit Crepe

8. Best Tea-Length: Azazie Vienna A-Line Off-the-Shoulder Tulle Tea-Length Dress

Off-shoulder plus-size wedding reception dress from Azazie
Photo: Azazie

Whether you're hosting a brunch reception or a classy evening soiree, a tea-length dress will look super elegant. Plus, it comes with a removable front bodice lining that is easily attached or removed for your liking for extra support or modesty.
Size range: 0-30; Custom Sizes Available | Length: Midi | Materials: Tulle

9. Best Pantsuit: Loud Bodies Rati Pants and Blazer and Inanna Top

Plus-size wedding reception pantsuit from Loud Bodies
Photo: Loud Bodies

If you're seeking out a formal yet totally cool wedding shower outfit, why not look for a plus-size pantsuit? This three-piece option from Loud Bodies can easily be mixed and matched to your liking. I particularly love all of the corset details that give it a to-be-wed feel.
Size range: XXS-10XL | Length: Full | Materials: Organic Cotton




10. Best Sequin: City Chic Bright Lights Sequin V-Neck Long Sleeve Dress

Plus-size sequin wedding reception mini dress from City Chic
Photo: Nordstrom

You'll make the whole place shimmer in this City Chic short plus-size reception dress that features all-over sequins. The classic V-neckline is complemented with long sleeves to help you feel secure no matter where the night takes you.
Size range: 12-24 | Length: Mini | Materials: Polyester, Sequin

11. Best Blazer Dress: ELOQUII Fringe Blazer Dress

White fringe blazer wedding reception plus-size dress from ELOQUII

Anyone obsessed with the contrast between the sophisticated blazer dress and fun fringe details? My hand is raised. This plus-size mini from ELOQUII also has a double-breasted button closure and notch lapel for the ultimate touch of class.
Size range: 14-28 | Length: Mini | Materials: Polyester, Fringe

12. Best Sheath: Azazie Katiya Sheath Pleated Stretch Satin Knee-Length Dress

Satin knee-length wedding reception dress from Azazie
Photo: Azazie

It's giving "cool girl" energy. I can't get over how simple yet chic this Azazie plus-size wedding reception dress is. It can easily be styled with a pair of strappy heels and statement earrings. Plus, you'll be able to wear this mini for future wedding anniversary date nights!
Size range: 0-30; Custom Sizes Available | Length: Mini | Materials: Stretch Satin

13. Best Corset: Olivia Bottega Madonna Plus-Size Midi Sparkly Wedding Dress

Glitter corset plus-size wedding reception dress from Olivia Bottega
Photo: Olivia Bottega

Want to sparkle at your wedding reception? I have the dress for you. The allover glitter fabric of this fitted corset plus-size reception dress from Olivia Bottega will look stunning and sexy as you dance the night away.
Size range: 0-14; Custom Sizes Available | Length: Midi | Materials: Glitter Fabric

14. Best Lace: City Chic Scarlet Lace Dress

Lace plus-size wedding reception dress from City Chic
Photo: Avenue

If you don't want something a little longer in length for an outdoor wedding, opt for this midi lace plus-size reception dress. The timeless silhouette and classic sweetheart neckline are flattering for all body types.
Size range: 12-24 | Length: Midi | Materials: Lace

15. Best Casual: Ivy City Co. Antoinette Dress

Plus-size wedding reception maxi dress from Ivy City Co.
Photo: Ivy City Co.

Style meets casual comfort in this Ivy City Co. plus-size wedding reception dress. The 100% cotton maxi is complete with Swiss dot fabric, a detachable front tie and short puff sleeves. And yes, it has pockets.
Size range: XXS-5X | Length: Maxi | Materials: Cotton

16. Best Short Sleeve: Aidan by Adrianna Papell Plus-Size Short Puff Sleeve Sheath Dress with Ruffle Accents

Puff-sleeve plus-size wedding reception dress from Aidan by Adrianna Papell
Photo: Adrianna Papell

This classic white plus-size short wedding dress is versatile enough to work with any reception aesthetic. The short puff sleeves are totally on-trend while a gathered skirt accentuates your gorgeous curves.
Size range: 0-26 | Length: Mini | Materials: Sheath

17. Best Maxi: City Chic Forbidden Love Maxi Dress

Off-shoulder plus-size wedding reception dress from City Chic
Photo: City Chic

Make an entrance to your wedding reception with this City Chci dress which features a gathered waistline with a skirt slit, a flattering straight neckline and flirty off-shoulder sleeves. Just add a pair of statement earrings and a sparkly clutch and you're ready to go.
Size range: 12-24 | Length: Maxi | Materials: Polyester

18. Best Long Sleeves: Azazie Amila A-Line Lace Chiffon Knee-Length Dress

Long-sleeve knee-length V-neck plus-size wedding reception dress from Azazie
Photo: Azazie

This Azazie long-sleeved plus-size wedding reception dress is all about the elegant chiffon details. The buttons along the pleated V-neckline and lace embellished bishop sleeves were made to be worn at a sophisticated wedding reception.
Size range: 0-30; Custom Sizes Available | Length: Knee-Length | Materials: Chiffon, Lace

What to Look For in a Plus-Size Reception Dress for the Bride

The perfect plus-size reception dress is really your time to have fun with your look as you party the night away with your loved ones and besties. There are no rules here, but here are a few pointers just to get you started:

Choose a Dress That is Dance Floor Ready

This is likely the dress you'll be doing all the things from breaking it down on the dance floor to cutting the cake. Try Looking for dresses with built-in boning or corsets that provide ample support for your bust and waist, while also ensuring a comfortable fit and a well-defined silhouette. If you want something breathable, lean into fabrics that allow for easy movement, such as chiffon, lace or silk. Avoid anything that may make you feel restricted or cause discomfort throughout the night.

Attention to Detail

Like I said, this is your time to have fun! Feel free to let loose and show off your fun side by picking a dress with sparkly beading, feathers, or even fringe if that makes you happy. Whatever adds a special touch to you will make any wedding reception dress special.

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