20 stunning plus-size bridal outfits to wear to your civil ceremony

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20 plus-size bridal outfits to wear to your civil ceremony (Photos via David's Bridal, Reformation, and Rachel Pally)
20 plus-size bridal outfits to wear to your civil ceremony (Photos via David's Bridal, Reformation, and Rachel Pally)

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As would-be newlyweds continue to send off a flurry of "love is patient" and "we still do" postponement emails/letters/and pleas, a growing number of couples are forgoing their mega celebrations altogether and opting for paired-back "minimonies." 

In Anna Russell's article "The Rise of the Minimony and The Micro-Wedding," she writes that pandemic couples itching for the alter are opting for micro-weddings (fifty guests or fewer), courthouse weddings, and minimonies. 

"A minimony might have ten guests: parents, siblings, an officiant standing at a distance. It has all the components of a normal wedding—ceremony, reception, three-tiered cake—shrunk to pandemic proportions," according to Russell. 

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When couples pare down the details of their big day, it opens the door of possibilities for bridal outfits. While traditional wedding celebrations may inspire mile-long trains and Disney princess layers, minimonies and civil ceremonies are welcome opportunities for sleek, imaginative and fuss-free bridal outfits.

For plus-size brides who want to uncomplicate their wedding day look and walk down the aisle (courthouse or other) in a laidback manner, we've gathered 20 bridal outfits that are perfect for a civil ceremony. Including your favourites from Adrianna Papell, Reformation, BHLDN and more, shop our picks for one-of-a-kind bridal style.

Rachel Pally Long Sleeve Full-Length Caftan

Rachel Pally Long Sleeve Full-Length Caftan in Cream (Photo via Rachel Pally)
Rachel Pally Long Sleeve Full-Length Caftan in Cream (Photo via Rachel Pally)

A glamourous caftan you won't want to change out of, this long-sleeve Rachel Pally dress is also available in black and sizes 1X to 3X. 

SHOP IT: Rachel Pally, $273

Eloquii Linen Maxi Day Dress

Eloquii Linen Maxi Day Dress in Soft White (Photo via Eloquii)
Eloquii Linen Maxi Day Dress in Soft White (Photo via Eloquii)

A beautiful dress for a garden wedding and beyond, Eloquii's linen maxi dress is also available in black.

SHOP IT: Eloquii, $120

Urban Bliss Puff Sleeve Wrap Midi Dress

Urban Bliss Puff Sleeve Wrap Midi Dress (Photo via ASOS)
Urban Bliss Puff Sleeve Wrap Midi Dress (Photo via ASOS)

A figure-flattering bridal midi dress, this Urban Bliss design features puff sleeves and a side tie design.

SHOP IT: ASOS, $64

XSCAPE Beaded-Sleeve Dress

XSCAPE Beaded-Sleeve Dress (Photo via Macy's)
XSCAPE Beaded-Sleeve Dress (Photo via Macy's)

Featuring beautiful beaded short sleeves, this plus-size sheath dress is ready for your romantic celebration. The scuba crepe dress is available in sizes 16W to 22W. 

SHOP IT: Macy's, $311 

David's Bridal Collection Relaxed Leg Plus Size Suit Pants with Satin Waist

David's Bridal Collection Relaxed Leg Plus Size Suit Pants with Satin Waist (Photo via David's Bridal)
David's Bridal Collection Relaxed Leg Plus Size Suit Pants with Satin Waist (Photo via David's Bridal)

For the bride who can't be fussed with dresses, these suit pants feature a luxurious satin waistband and relaxed leg fit.

SHOP IT: David's Bridal, $129

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Hope & Ivy Bridal Plunge Neck Maxi Dress 

Hope & Ivy Bridal Plunge Neck Maxi Dress (Photo via ASOS)
Hope & Ivy Bridal Plunge Neck Maxi Dress (Photo via ASOS)

Introducing the dress of your dreams: all eyes will be on you in this beaded plus-size bridal maxi dress. 

SHOP IT: ASOS, $316

Kiyonna Bella Lace Fit & Flare Dress

Kiyonna Bella Lace Fit & Flare Dress (Photo via Nordstrom)
Kiyonna Bella Lace Fit & Flare Dress (Photo via Nordstrom)

An undeniably elegant look, this fit-and-flare dress features a flattering empire waist and lace-detail V-neckline. 

SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $198

Eloquii Lace Wide Leg Jumpsuit

Eloquii Lace Wide Leg Jumpsuit (Photo via Eloquii)
Eloquii Lace Wide Leg Jumpsuit (Photo via Eloquii)

Make a style statement in this seriously cool bridal jumpsuit. Featuring a lace bodice and wide-leg pants, the jumpsuit is available in sizes 14 to 28. 

SHOP IT: Eloquii, $150

DB Studio Flutter Sleeve Satin Plus Size Dress with Ruffle

DB Studio Flutter Sleeve Satin Plus Size Dress with Ruffle (Photo via David's Bridal)
DB Studio Flutter Sleeve Satin Plus Size Dress with Ruffle (Photo via David's Bridal)

This stunning flutter sleeve satin dress spells wedding day perfection and is available in sizes 16W to 28W. 

SHOP IT: David's Bridal, $208

Adrianna Papell Asymmetrical Jumpsuit

Adrianna Papell Asymmetrical Jumpsuit (Photo via Adrianna Papell)
Adrianna Papell Asymmetrical Jumpsuit (Photo via Adrianna Papell)

Showcase your style and celebrate your "I do's" in this gorgeous V-neck jumpsuit. The asymmetrical peplum detail is a unique and flattering touch.

SHOP IT: Adrianna Papell, $90 (originally $219)

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BHLDN Cali Satin Charmeuse Midi Dress

BHLDN Cali Satin Charmeuse Midi Dress (Photo via BHLDN)
BHLDN Cali Satin Charmeuse Midi Dress (Photo via BHLDN)

Perfect for a courthouse ceremony, this elegant cowl neck midi dress is crafted from a luxurious silky material and available in sizes 16W to 26W.

SHOP IT: BHLDN, $168

Mango Embroidered Cotton Dress

Mango Embroidered Cotton Dress (Photo via Mango)
Mango Embroidered Cotton Dress (Photo via Mango)

This pretty summer dress is crafted from 100 per cent cotton and features a sweetheart neckline for a romantic, bridal-friendly style.

SHOP IT: Mango, $150

Eloquii Flare Sleeve Scuba Dress

Eloquii Flare Sleeve Scuba Dress in White (Photo via Eloquii)
Eloquii Flare Sleeve Scuba Dress in White (Photo via Eloquii)

This elegant scuba dress features long flared sleeves and is available in sizes 14 to 28.

SHOP IT: Eloquii, $100

Rachel Pally Mid-Length Caftan

Rachel Pally Mid-Length Caftan (Photo via Rachel Pally)
Rachel Pally Mid-Length Caftan (Photo via Rachel Pally)

One of the brand's best-selling styles, this flattering white dress can be worn on your wedding day and beyond.

SHOP IT: Rachel Pally, $255

DB Studio Satin V-Neck Tea Length Plus Size A-Line Dress

DB Studio Satin V-Neck Tea Length Plus Size A-Line Dress (Photo via David's Bridal)
DB Studio Satin V-Neck Tea Length Plus Size A-Line Dress (Photo via David's Bridal)

A clean and modern short wedding dress, this tea-length style is available in sizes 16W to 30W.

SHOP IT: David's Bridal, $391

Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Crepe Surplice Jumpsuit

Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Crepe Surplice Jumpsuit in Ivory (Photo via Adrianna Papell)
Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Crepe Surplice Jumpsuit in Ivory (Photo via Adrianna Papell)

An elegant jumpsuit you'll actually re-wear, this soft crepe Adrianna Papell one-piece is available in sizes 14 to 26. 

SHOP IT: Adrianna Papell, $199

Reformation Nikita Dress

Reformation Nikita Dress in Ivory (Photo via Reformation)
Reformation Nikita Dress in Ivory (Photo via Reformation)

This romantic midi dress from Reformation would be a dreamy pick for your civil ceremony. Featuring adjustable strap ties and a ruffle edged neckline, the Nikita dress is available in sizes 14 to 24.

SHOP IT: Reformation, $335

Adrianna Papell Geometric Jacquard Halter Dress

Adrianna Papell Geometric Jacquard Halter Dress (Photo via Nordstrom)
Adrianna Papell Geometric Jacquard Halter Dress (Photo via Nordstrom)

Designed with a pretty geometric motif, this plus-size mock-neck halter dress is perfect for summer "I do's."

SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $199

Eloquii Twisted Shoulder Sheath Dress

Eloquii Twisted Shoulder Sheath Dress in White (Photo via Eloquii)
Eloquii Twisted Shoulder Sheath Dress in White (Photo via Eloquii)

A sleek style for a courthouse wedding, this knee-length sheath dress is available in sizes 16 to 28.

SHOP IT: Eloquii, $100

Anaya With Love Tulle Flutter Sleeve Ruffle Hem Midi Dress

Anaya With Love Tulle Flutter Sleeve Ruffle Hem Midi Dress (Photo via ASOS)
Anaya With Love Tulle Flutter Sleeve Ruffle Hem Midi Dress (Photo via ASOS)

Brides-to-be, we've found your perfect dress. This affordable plus-size bridal dress by Anaya With Love is beyond gorgeous for wedding celebrations.

SHOP IT: ASOS, $159

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