Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Dress

Every girl dreams of her wedding day from the time she is little. At that age, she doesn’t think about what kind of music will play at the reception, or what entrees will be served. And the groom awaiting her at the front of the aisle is faceless.

Bride in Wedding Dress

What she does imagine vividly are the wedding dresses she will choose from to make her look and feel like a princess.

Now it’s time for you to decide on your style of dress…

The White Wedding Gown

The white wedding gown dates back to the sixteenth century, when 17-year-old Mary Queen of Scots wore one, most likely because it represented mourning and the appointed groom, 15-year-old Francis II of France, was not her choice. White did not become popular as a wedding gown until the early 1800s, when Queen Victoria wore it to coordinate with some lace trim, and young ladies of the day emulated her fashion. Today, white is worn because it is popular and traditional, and there are five basic wedding gown styles.

The A-Line or Princess Gown

The A-line or Princess gown fits snugly around the bodice and then flows gently outward from that point, thus creating the letter A silhouette. This is a popular style because of its gentle fluidity, and also because it flatters most body types. You can find it styled as a simple dress or as two-pieces, with the bodice over-draping the flowing skirt. It accommodates multiple length preferences as well as a train. The Princess style is actually a variable of the A-line because it utilizes panels draping from the neckline to the hem.

The Empire Gown

An empire gown designates a raised waistline just below the bust line. Square necklines are tradition with the empire, but plunging Vs or boat-style necklines also work well. It can be sleeveless or have long sleeves. Skirts come in a wide range of flair and fullness. A chiffon overlay from the raised waistline to the hem works well with this style. A lady with a smaller bust often benefits from this style, since the empire waist along with neckline and sleeve embellishments can enhance the entire top area. Conversely, this is one of the wedding dresses that might not be the best choice for a well-endowed bride.

The Sheath Gown

The sheath gown creates the classic silhouette, flowing in a straight column from the neckline to the hem. The fabric of a sheath can change it from a slinky, clingy bombshell to a well constructed, elegant style. Brides interested in this style should look for pleats or gathers in the back that will free up movement, since the dress is highly constrictive without.

Traditional Ball Gown

The traditional ball gown—think of Cinderella’s dress—is chosen by many brides who envision a fairytale wedding. This is another style that allows for many neckline and sleeve options. Fabric choices are endless. If you wear it sleeveless, long gloves provide dramatic effect. But this style only works well on slender body types, or those who are slender on top with fuller hips. And it takes a taller woman to carry off all that fabric.

Mermaid Style Gown

Mermaid style gowns hug the body from the neckline to just above the knees, with a dramatic flare to the floor. Women who choose these gowns must be confident of their body style and their sense of drama; this is not a gown for the timid. Mermaid gowns are often sleeveless, but the bride seeking modesty can choose one with a sheer neckline and sleeves. It works fine for either tall or short women. Slender rather than fuller-figured women can carry it off, but fuller-figured women whose measurements are well balanced also do well in it. This is another style that might restrict movement.

Wedding Dress Fabric

What fabric will you choose? Wedding dresses come in everything from satin to organza to silk, draped with organza and tulle. Actually, most fabrics have delectable variations: With silk, you can choose the lightweight China silk or Georgette, or a beaded medium-weight fabric, or something satiny with a little more body such as peau de soie, also known as Duchess Satin.

Think carefully about wedding dress options such as neckline, sleeves, fabric choices, and the five basic styles, but remember to keep an open mind when you visit your wedding boutique.

Finding a wedding dress in is easy, talk to other brides to share their experiences with dress makers and suppliers in online forums and visit wedding directory’s such as for top wedding dress makers.

Wishing you easy planning and a great wedding day,

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