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05/21/2014 01:46 EDT | Updated 05/23/2014 12:59 EDT

Plus-Size Wedding Dresses That Don't Skimp On Style (PHOTOS)

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It can be really challenging for brides to find plus-size wedding dresses that are fashion forward and unique.

Most of the gowns available to the curvaceous bride tend to be standard A-line gowns that make an unnecessary attempt to cover up rather than accentuate. (We want to see those gorgeous curves!)

As a result, brides who are keen to find their dream gown end up having to do a lot of legwork or they have to opt for a custom-made gown which can be quite expensive. Luckily, we’re seeing a vast improvement in what’s readily available in stores and online. The spotlight on high profile plus-size models like Nadia Aboulhosn and Ashley Graham (to name a few) have made designers more aware of this gaping hole in the market.

With that, we’re happy to put a spotlight on 15 stylish gowns for those women lucky enough to be blessed with curves in all the right places.

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Plus-Size Wedding Dresses

Oleg Cassini Cap Sleeve Wedding Dress With Illusion Neckline (Available at David’s Bridal), $800

This cap sleeve dress is short, sweet and ideal for a spring or summer wedding. Tea length skirts and dresses are trending for this year and we’re happy to see it picking up in bridal fashion as well.

Bonny Bridal 1305, $825 (See retail store for exact pricing)

Bonny Bridal’s Unforgettable line of plus-size gowns shows us that body-hugging dresses can be flattering on all body types. This mermaid style gown features ruched tulle, a sweetheart neckline and a corset back closure.

Mori Lee Beaded Venice Lace Appliques On Net With Crystal Beaded Trim (See store for exact pricing)

Mori Lee’s popular bridal gowns have finally made their foray into the Canadian market with signature affordable yet stylish gowns. Their Julietta line of plus-size bridal gowns make it possible for anyone to feel like a princess on their wedding day. This extravagant ball gown will ensure you stand out on your day with crystal beaded trim and lace appliqués along the neckline for a feminine touch.

Tadashi Shoji Lace Boatneck ¾ Sleeve Gown With Grosgrain Ribbon Belt, (Available online),$388

This beautifully fitted lace gown by Japanese designer Tadashi Soji is available up to size 18 for a very reasonable price tag of $388. The colour block detail of this fitted gown gives it a modern touch. Brides will love the beautiful lace overlay, scalloped neckline and grosgrain sash.

Tadashi Shoji Tulled Draped Cap Sleeve Gown With Paillette Detail In Sand, (Available online), $448

Who says you have to wear white at your wedding? This sand coloured plus-size gown might not officially be labeled bridal but it features all the things that make a girl feel special. The elegant draped gown hugs your curves just right while hiding any spots you're not comfortable with with strategic ruching. The sweeping train and lace ornamentation make it the ideal gown for an unconventional bride.

Bliss By Monique Lhullier Silk Crepe Sheath Gown (Available at Kleinfeld Hudson's Bay), $2,520 plus a surcharge

For every girl who dreamed of walking down the aisle in a Monique Lhullier wedding gown, this could be it. This simple, timeless cowl neck gown is for the bride who might not want to make the biggest fashion statement in wedding history. Don't underestimate this timeless silk crepe dress because there's just something about a Lhullier gown you can’t take your eyes off.

Dina Davos Sweetheart A line Gown in Charmuse (Available at Kleinfeld Hudson's Bay), $2,970

Dina Davos is the resident plus-size bridal designer at Kleinfeld Hudson's Bay. Her elegant designs with the curvy body in mind make her gowns a top choice for plus-size women looking for a stylish dress. Dina's A-Line gown in a luxe charmeuse hugs the body just right with an asymmetrical waist, cap sleeves and a chapel train that follows.

Allegra Gown (Available at various Canadian retailers, including Becker’s Bridal)

Now this is a head turner! The Allegra Gown from the Wtoo Curve line features a flattering pleated tulle bodice followed by a stunning ruffled ball gown skirt that’s guaranteed to stop traffic.

Pallas Gown (Available at various Canadian retailers, including Becker’s Bridal)

The Pallas Gown flips conventional plus-size gowns on its head with this gorgeous fitted design that shamelessly shows off all your best assets. This is a dress we can picture Marilyn Monroe taking a liking to. The Pallas Gown features a mitered chevron pattern, v-neck and chapel train.

Melissa Sweet Organza Lace and Satin Sweetheart Trumpet Gown (Available at David’s Bridal), $1,200

We couldn’t forget to include the perfect gown for a scenic beach wedding. This Melissa Sweet organza lace gown with tank straps and raw edges give it a laid back look, perfect for dancing the night away next to your bridal bonfire. Sizes range from 0-26 with larger sizes available on special order.

Ever After Wedding Gown By IGIG, (Available online), $629

The Ever After gown offers a little vintage flair and a little leg and is a daring choice for a confident plus-size bride who isn’t afraid to show some skin. A shoe fanatic will appreciate the fact that her wedding pumps will have their 15 minutes of fame.

Rita Vinieris Wysteria Gown, (Available at White Toronto), $7,310

Brides looking for a big wedding gown splurge won’t be disappointed when they see Rita Vinieris’s Wysteria gown, available in plus sizes at White Toronto. An incredible amount of detail and precision make this designer gown a perfect a stand out piece featuring an adorable peplum over a silk tulle skirt.

Sydney’s Closet Antoinette Wedding Gown, (Available online), $989

You can’t go wrong with a classic gown that will stand the test of time. The only adornment on this sophisticated Mikado silk gown is the rhinestone, pearl and shell waistband that creates a defined waist for a gorgeous slim silhouette.

Kiyonna Lace Wedding Dress, (Available online), $242

Here’s another pretty option for the bride who favours a shorter hemline. The flattering design makes you look your best with a lovely ruched waist and A-line skirt. The nude mesh lining helps hide unsightly bra lines.

Clara Gown by Lee-Ann Belter, (Available at retail stores) $3,500

Lee-Ann Belter is a beloved Canadian bridal designer with a flagship storefront in Toronto’s Queen East neighbourhood. Her designs are carried throughout the United States, the UK and Mexico. The Clara Gown, which features Alencon lace, tulle and silk is cinched at the waist by a crystal medallion belt to create an hourglass figure.