Quick Guide to Wedding Dresses

August 11, 2010

Judging from the dozens of bridal fashion magazines available on the magazine rack at grocery stores and the popularity of TV shows like TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress, the hunt for the perfect wedding gown can be one of the most challenging aspects of planning a wedding – in the bride’s opinion, anyway!

Fashions and trends may come and go, but when you begin your quest for finding a wedding dress remind yourself that you’ll be photographed more in your wedding gown than any other piece of clothing you’ll ever own. That’s why it’s important to find a wedding dress that you absolutely love, and one that you’ll be comfortable wearing in front of a crowd. After all, all eyes will be on you on the big day – and don’t forget that your children and grandchildren will eventually see those wedding pictures!

When you begin flipping through bridal magazines or you visit a bridal boutique for the first time, you might feel slightly overwhelmed. That’s absolutely normal, and our quick guide to popular wedding dress styles will hopefully help aid some of your confusion.

A-Line Wedding Dresses
A-Line wedding dresses are narrow and fitted at the hips, but they gradually widen as they go down toward the hem. A-Line dresses were given their name because their shape resembles a capital letter “A.” They’re a popular style of wedding dress because they are very versatile – A-line dresses can be made of nearly any material. They can be strapless or have intricate necklines. The choice is yours!

Ball Gowns
Ball gowns are quite possibly the most formal type of wedding dress available today. They have existed since the days of Queen Victoria and they’re always in fashion when it comes to wedding attire. Ball gowns have small, fitted waists and ankle-length, full skirts that are puffed out with the help of petticoats. Ball gowns are a great choice if you’re planning on having a luxurious, formal wedding – a beautiful ball gown can easily make any bride feel like Cinderella!

Empire Waist
The waist of an empire wedding gown starts just below the bust. Its skirt is typically long and loose, which is why empire waist wedding dresses are often favored by brides wishing to emphasize their busts or hide their stomachs.

Mermaid / Trumpet Style
Mermaid wedding dresses are slim-fitting throughout the bodice, hips, and upper or lower calves. The skirt then flares out, similar to the appearance of a mermaid’s tail. They are occasionally referred to as trumpet style dresses because they also resemble the bell of a trumpet.

Sheath
A sheath is a wedding dress designed to tightly hug the body. Because it’s a snug-fitting style, it’s usually recommended for brides who aren’t afraid to show off their curves. It’s a great choice for tall slim women, but brides that have wide hips may not feel comfortable wearing a sheath wedding dress.

Short
There’s no rule that wedding gowns have to trail the ground! Short wedding dresses typically fall at or just below the knee, and they’re great for brides with athletic legs who love to show off their calves.

Good Luck Finding Your Perfect Wedding Dress!
Now that you have a few basic ideas about wedding dress styles, you should have some knowledge as to which type of dress will work well with your body type. Most bridal store associates are extremely helpful when you begin trying on wedding gowns, and it’s a good idea to have a friend take photographs in each dress that you model. The pictures may help you make your final decision.
Once you’ve found your perfect wedding dress, it’s time to begin choosing outfits for your bridesmaids! The work involved in planning a wedding may seem never-ending, but it’s all worth it in the end.

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