You got engaged to the one. Now it’s time to find the other one. Yes, we’re talking about your perfect wedding gown. Starting your dress journey can be daunting, so we have compiled this short list of design differences to keep in mind before you dive into your bridal shopping experience.
It all starts with the silhouette. Depending on your personal style and wedding theme, silhouettes can easily affect the feel of your gown. One of the most popular shapes is the ball gown. The full skirt, fitted bodice, and cinched waist, make this a go-to style for the traditional princess look.
If you’re looking for a sexier style, the mermaid is a fitted design that will show off your figure. The fitted bodice extends past your waist and the tapered skirt flares out above the knee, which helps elongate your figure. Other similar styles are the trumpet, which is more fitted past the knee, and the drop waist, which has a more relaxed, vintage look.
Another modern style we love is the sheath. This straight design doesn’t exaggerate your shape, but it gives your look a sleek feel. The streamlined design will also fall softly over your figure and elongate your silhouette.
Of course, we can’t forget about the A-line. The flared skirt of this design is defined by a seam or band at your waist that will highlight your figure. This cut falls softly over your midsection and hips, which makes this one of the most popular silhouettes.
Choosing your silhouette is the first step, but choosing the right neckline is essential. On your big day, a majority of the photos will be taken from the waist up, which means the neckline will be the star of the show.
Of course, the most popular cut is the strapless neckline with a corset bodice, which helps to define your waist and offer extra support.
If you’re a fan of the strapless cut, but want a bit more coverage, the illusion neckline will give your look a romantic touch.
You can also get a more classic look with square or scoop necklines that offer fuller coverage and give your gown a unique flair.
Now, for the fun part; the details. From beading, to lace appliques, pleats, ruched accents and so much more, you can add your favorite details that compliment your theme.
For a classic, vintage wedding, lace appliques and cap sleeves will highlight your traditional style.
Unique accents like splashes of color and sheath cuts are perfect for a modern wedding.
If you’re a more relaxed bohemian bride, a looser design crafted from flowing chiffon, is a must.
For a cocktail style wedding, it’s all about sexy styles that hug your silhouette. Try a deep V-neck cut to highlight your bust and waist.
Another important thing to consider is your venue. If you’re having your nuptials in a swanky ballroom, go with a classic style like the ball gown with a long train for even more drama.
While, knee-length gowns and lightweight flowing designs are great for your outdoor, city hall wedding.
Garden weddings are the perfect time to embrace whimsical details like tulle and lace overlays and floral beaded accents.
We hope this guide takes some of the stress out of your shopping experience. And, don’t forget to share what you’re planning to wear on your big day!