(Closed) Plus Size Mother of the Bride

posted 4 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
614 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Smithfield Center

Do you know what sort of style she’s going for? Something more modern or traditional?


Nordstrom has a variety of dresses as does Dillard’s. Prices are variable in that some dresses are good in price and some are very expensive. Belk might have some less expensive dresses, too.


Post # 4
8704 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@FutureMrsLadolcetta:  it doesnt have to be a dress that is specifically MOB. Those tend to be priced way higher than an evening gown. Nordstrom has nice dresses.

My mom tried on a bunch at RK Bridal in NYC, another dress store (I forget the name) at Jersey Gardens, Castle Couture in Marlboro, Sposabella in Brooklyn (she purchased here), Dolores Bridal by Menlo Park Mall, and another bridal shop in Matawan. She wears an 18 in MOB dresses.

Post # 6
614 posts
Busy bee
Post # 7
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My mom is a 14, 16 or 18W depending on the dress. We have looked for several months and finally found a dress yesterday. I honestly can’t remember if we got it at Dillards or Belk, since we looked at so many, but it was difficult finding something for her shape. We did note that David’s Bridals dresses were marked $40 and $50 more when we saw the EXACT same dress in the department stores.

Post # 8
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I second prev poster’s advice to check out Macy’s. They have a pretty extensive online selection, although you won’t find all those styles in store….

Post # 9
2965 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

My mother purchased her dress from Ross (it’s like a TJMAXX or Marshalls) for I’m very sure way under $100.

Post # 11
476 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

My Mom ordered hers from Nordstrom.  They have free shipping and returns, so even though we don’t have a brick and mortor store near us, it was no problem for her to find a dress.


Post # 12
1304 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I agree — just go to a regular department store.  Why deal with an annoying bridal shop when you can shop in peace and without an appointment somewhere else?  We found my MIL an amazing Tadashi Shoji gown on deep discount at Lord & Taylor.  She looked amazing.  (She’s not plus sized though, but I think the same concept should apply regardless.)

Post # 15
2115 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@FutureMrsLadolcetta:  Plus size covers anything 14-16 and up and not all stores carry over a 20, unless they’re solely a plus sized store like LB. I think that’s why people aren’t giving the best suggestions. What size is she?

Post # 16
778 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My mom ordered hers from Dillard’s and is very happy with it.  I believe she’s a 20, but they had larger sizes about that for a good amount of their plus sized specialty dresses.

I would look at most department stores online, like Macy’s, JC Penney, etc.  Those stores don’t have a variety of plus size gowns/specialty dresses in their stores, but they do online.  Also, if the dress doesn’t fit, she can probably return it in store instead of shipping it back.


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