If you’re getting married in 2021, there’s a decent chance that you actually wanted to get married last year, and had to delay. You may have already picked your dress out, or you may be on the hunt for the perfect plus-size wedding dress from a dressmaker who really gets inclusive sizing. So for all of us scrambling to get married after the shitshow that was 2020, I’m rounding up some of the best plus-size wedding dresses I’ve seen so far this year. And because this is Offbeat Bride, you’ll find lots of bold colors and design elements like separates, embroidery, high-low hems, gothic vibes, and more!
Our wedding was VERY unapologetically us. I love books and reading, my husband loves D&D and roleplaying, and we both love puzzles and escape rooms — so our wedding encompassed all of it. Everywhere we could infuse a bit of flavor to fit these themes, we did. From my bridesmaid's book-bouquets and the groomsmen's d20 boutonnieres, to our wedding arch made of repurposed books, to the actual puzzles guests could solve.
Belle and Layne chose to play their cards close to their chest when it came to announcing the wedding. In fact, they didn’t announce it was a wedding until guests arrived at the property! It was entirely an expression of who they are and how they love. The amount of community involvement in putting the day together showed how much they value and rely on the people in their circles. The DIY elements of the day, including Belle’s dress, articulated their creative spirits.
Will and Emily’s wedding combined traditional Jewish elements with fun, personalized nods to the couple. Emily made the escort cards herself (paper flowers!) and other fun touches included a candy buffet with their favorite treats and the cake topper (wedding versions of their favorite Mario Kart characters!).
Natalie never thought she’d get married. Then she met Chris while they were working as new lawyers and it all came together for them. They chose to skip a few traditions that didn’t resonate with them like a bridal party or a first dance. All they wanted was a selection of awesome food and great company, and they achieved it. They kept it simple and chose all their favourite food vendors to provide nibbles for the night.
One element of my wedding with which I was fairly obsessed was finding a fun dress. I’m not a white gown kinda gal, so I was on the hunt for something colorful. I decided to test the waters in customizing a dress online. There are lots of stores that do that theses days, but I knew I wanted something from an independent seller who could really personalize the look itself. I’m already an avid Etsy window shopper, so it was all just a matter of narrowing down the search to a reputable designer who made dresses I liked. Easier said than done? Actually, it was pretty easy…