A bride's most important wedding accessory is her gown. Nearly every bride fantasizes about the day she will be able to say "yes" to the dress- to the dress that will make her feel and look like a princess. There are so many factors that go into choosing the perfect gown from the silhouette, to the length, to the color. So, to help you decide on THE wedding gown of your dreams, here are some tips on choosing the silhouette that will fit you best.
- The Ballgown- Thanks to our favorite Disney princesses, this is the style that most brides associate with a "fairy tale" wedding, hence why they call it the "fairy tale" gown. The ballgown has a form fitting structured bodice and then flares at the waistline into a full skirt. This silhouette may be overwhelming on petite brides due to their smaller frames and statures.
- A-Line- Similar to the ballgown, this dress style mimics many of the same features with a contemporary touch. The A-line has a form fitting bodice throughout the waist and slightly expands outwards, but not as dramatic as a ballgown. This gown still has the "princess" feel, but without the fuss of a voluminous skirt.
- Trumpet- This gown features a fitted bodice that gradually flares outward at the mid-thigh. Often mistaken for a mermaid silhouette. the trumpet is better characterized as a modified A-line. This gown is ideal for petite frames, hourglass body figures, and petite waists. This silhouette is incredibly figure-flattering and is highly recommended for brides who have curvier figures.
- Mermaid- For the confident bride who is ready to show off her figure, the mermaid silhouette is a perfect option. This gown is fitted from the chest to the knee, then flares out into a full dramatic skirt. Ideal for brides with hourglass figures, this style is definitely a showstopper.
Tea-length- Add a vintage touch to your wedding with this trendy length that falls between the knee and the ankle. This dress is perfect for brides who adore the fashion of the 1950's. The ease and flexibility of this style make it perfect for more informal wedding settings or can be used as a reception dress. In addition to being comfortable, this gown flatters all body shapes.
Make sure before saying "Yes" to the dress that you absolutely LOVE it. Although your family and friends opinions may be important to you, you are the one who has to wear the gown. You should feel beautiful, confident, and a like a bride. After all, this should be the dress you have been dreaming about since you were a little girl.
Happy Engagement, Happy Planning,