When you decide to go shopping in search for your perfect wedding gown it is important to think about who will be accompanying you. Shopping for wedding dresses is an experience in itself and ideally before you go bridal wear hunting you will have the date set and venue booked. In having the location and time of year you are getting wed already planned it will assist you in helping you to choose your wedding gown as these factors of your wedding day will have some influence over your choice of bridal wear as well as your own individual taste and style and personality.
|When to Choose Ball Gown?|
|What it is The number one distinguishing trait of a ball gown is its very full (aka huge) skirt. The silhouette also has a fitted bodice and is cinched at the natural waist.
Best for Brides with boyish figures. The fullness of the dress will make you look curvier.
Avoid if You’re a petite bride. You’ll get swallowed up by a dress this voluminous.
|When to Choose Mermaid?|
|What it is This shape is defined by a slim, tapered, curve-hugging skirt that follows the line of the hips and thighs and flares out below the knee.
Best for Brides with hourglass figures who want to show off their curves.
Avoid if You know you don’t want something tight; this style is constricting.
So you have a vision of your wedding day… who will get to enjoy and share the fun, laughter and tears of helping you in finding the dress that is the ‘one’? Whomever you choose they should be someone who you can trust and who is honest with you. You will value their opinion highly and they will share in your dreams and excitement as you embark on your new journey. Selecting your wedding dress can for some brides be a lengthy and time consuming process so they shouldn’t be too impatient nor get bored easily!
We would suggest no more than two people should assist you in looking for your wedding dress. It may be tempting to have a large group of friends and family but as everyone has their own views and opinions and this will ultimately baffle and confuse you. Other people’s views can of course be helpful but do take into consideration that you are the bride and therefore you need to feel comfortable and beautiful in your chosen gown.
|When to Choose Column?|
|What it is This formfitting style follows the body’s natural line and doesn’t flare out. It’s also referred to as a sheath.
Best for Petite women, since this slim shape adds length. This silhouette also looks great on brides with sleek figures.
Avoid if You’re pear-shaped (when you’re small on top but more rounded on the bottom). This silhouette will make you look unbalanced.
|When to Choose Drop Waist?|
|What it is This silhouette is exactly as you would imagine—it drops and flares out slightly below the waistline around your hip area.
Best for Brides who want to flaunt their trim middles and shape, since it hugs your waist and hips.
Avoid if You have a boxy figure—it might make you look like you have less curves.
|When to Choose A-Line?|
|What it is As its name implies, this cut is narrow at the top and extends out along the body in the shape of—you guessed it—an “A.”
Best for All body types. There’s a reason it’s one of the most popular skirt silhouettes—it’s super-flattering on almost everyone.
Avoid if You’re looking for something really sexy.
Of course there is no rule that specifies that you need to have anyone go with you at all and you may prefer to go shopping for your wedding gown alone. This is a good option if you prefer to narrow it down to a few dresses you think could be the one before inviting people along for their opinions on another visit before making your big decision. However if you know it’s the dress of your dreams then why not simply go with your gut instinct! The assistants in your bridal boutique or factory outlet should be experienced and friendly and will be excited in assisting you find your gown from a selection of wedding dresses.
|When to Choose Trumpet?|
|What it is A straight-lined skirt subtly flares from the knee toward the hem in a trumpet shape.
Best for Curvy brides who are looking for a formfitting dress that’s slightly easier to move in.
Avoid if You’re not comfortable with clearly showing off your shape or if you have an apple or boxy body type.
|If You’re Apple-Shaped?|
|Look for: A dress that cinches in at the smallest point on the waistline, then flares out into a gradual A shape. Opt for a bodice with a lot of texture to it―think ruche or lace detailing―that will camouflage and fit snugly, creating a corsetlike effect. The most slenderizing neckline for you is one with a deep V, which will draw eyes toward the vertical, not the horizontal.
Keep in mind: Avoid trumpet dress styles, which emphasize the area where your body is widest and flare out at the legs and the knees, where you are most slender.
|If You’re Plus-Sized?|
|Look for: An Empire dress with a skirt that begins just under the bust and flows into a gradual floor-length A-line. Make sure the Empire seam does not start on the chest and that there is no pleating of the fabric, which is reminiscent of maternity wear. The dress should play up your shape; if it’s too loose, it will add pounds.
Keep in mind: Find fabrics like satin that provide structure, rather than anything too flowy. If you love the romantic look of airier fabrics, choose a gown with a stiffer base, then add an embroidered tulle overlay.
The most vital thing to remember is that this is your wedding day. You should wear what you think you look and feel amazing in and feels like you. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, enjoy it and have fun!