The Guide to Being a Plus Size Wedding Guest (or MOB)

Posted January 25, 2022 by Jane Anderson


I had thought that buying a dress that I would probably never wear again was a requirement to attend a wedding. Otherwise, how will the bride know how happy I am for her? It would be rude to wear a dress I was wearing before. It’s one of those things that seemed totally right until I realized how silly it was.

At my wedding, I hardly noticed what the guests were wearing. All I cared about was that they were there. I was a particularly relaxed bride, but I have to assume that most of them don’t really pay attention to what other people are wearing. Some brides may have specific opinions about what the mother of the bride or the mother of the groom wears, and others (like me) just want the mothers to wear something they like.

Woman in a black dress and a blue floral jacket

Go with the classic

You may still feel the need to wear something new to the wedding. It feels less special to put on a dress you’ve been wearing for months. Although I wouldn’t tell anyone if you were diving into your closet for an outfit.

The key is to wear something in a classic style that you can wear over and over again after the wedding. This Vikki Vi maxi tank dress with matching kimono jacket makes the stunning outfit perfect for a wedding. The mothers of the bride or groom may want to add some sparkle in the form of fancy jewelry or a statement jacket. Later, you can wear the dress alone, with a kimono, shawl-collar jacket or even a contrasting jacket.

Many customers told us that mother of the bride costumes were a Vikki Vi classic – their outfits looked great in the photos and were a much better investment than a fluffy or sequined dress.

If you’re wearing a different size on the top and bottom, just swap in the long, straight skirt and the bodice with no sleeves.

Woman wearing a multicolored sheer blouse over a black dress

photo time

If you are going to a wedding, you will take pictures. Not at the wedding? You still have several cameras pointed at you over the course of the event. These photos will appear on social media, in the bride and groom’s wedding album, and in shelf picture frames.

You obviously want to look your best at photo time. It’s all about the position. Resist the temptation to lean on other people in an effort to fit more people in the photo. If someone in the photo is sitting, don’t bend over to bring your face close to theirs. I don’t know about you, but my double chin is more likely to appear when I’m not standing straight. Stand erect and you will look elegant.

Women Wearing Vintage Violet Eparates

expose food

Anyone who comments on what you eat at any event that is served is a beast. The chef teams have worked hard to make these appetizers a reality. The bride and groom chose each dish. Someone pays a fortune for it all. If anyone comes to you and asks if you really want to eat crab pie, you have my permission to answer with a “yes!” And push everything in your mouth.

Food shame is about the person who is talking, not the person who is eating. Don’t let it take you off the cheese tray.


A wedding is such a big event that it’s easy to forget that you’re supposed to have a good time. You put on the perfect outfit, you know you’ll look great in all the pictures, and you finally get the wedding cake. Relax and enjoy the party.

Check out our other posts about plus size wedding guest dresses.

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