Choosing your wedding dress can be such a daunting task. There are so many routes you can take. You could make an appointment with a bridal gown designer, find a ready-to-wear label, or even repurpose a family heirloom. Are you so overwhelmed by your options that you don’t even know where to start? We recommend taking it slow and doing your homework.
Finding your perfect dress is supposed to be a fun experience! Save pictures on Pinterest or Instagram of dress designs that you like to create a mood board which you can use to see the specific silhouettes and styles you gravitate towards.
Deciding on your budget can help you choose a designer, and you’ll really be able to narrow down your choices once you factor in the other important elements such as your wedding theme, timeline, and venue practicalities. Your wedding gown should be one-of-a-kind to match your unique personality, and make you feel good and look good.
Here we’ve compiled a list of the silhouettes and necklines you need to know about, so whether you’re more of a classic princess or a modern woman, you’ll be able to find a bridal gown design that matches your personality.
This is a classic, timeless silhouette. It features a fitted bodice and a full, grand skirt which accentuates your waistline. A ball gown silhouette is perfect for brides who want to live out their princess dreams and feel like royalty on their very special day.
This silhouette is very similar to a ball gown, except the skirt is less dramatic and flowier. A-line dresses have a slimming effect that’s flattering for every body type because it’s fitted at your natural waist, then gradually widens towards the hem.
This one is perfect for brides who want to flaunt their curves and feel sexy while walking down the aisle. The bodice is fitted and body-hugging, then flares out at the knees like a mermaid tail.
If you’re not a fan of dramatic ball gowns or don’t want to feel constricted by a figure-hugging dress, this silhouette is the one for you. It’s a very classic design that elongates your body and would be flattering on both petite women and taller brides.
A tea-length bridal gown is perfect for those who want a less formal look and wish to bring out their fun side. It’s practical and classic, but still very sweet and feminine, and allows you to move around and mingle for an intimate reception.
This is dainty and romantic because it’s shaped like the top of the heart. This cut accentuates the neckline, which makes it flattering for busty women, but it can also create the illusion of a larger bust so it will look good on you no matter your size.
This is for brides who are more modest and want a bit more coverage without going all the way. Subtly romantic and sultry, the sheer fabric embellished with lace is a classic choice
On the other side of the spectrum are bold brides who want to be a little daring. V-necks are perfect if you want to show off your best asset. You can go from just a small dip to a plunging cut, depending on your comfort level.
Dreamy, romantic, and a little bit sexy – this neckline has it all. This is the choice if you’re holding a more conservative church wedding and want to show your neck and shoulders without being too bare.
A timeless classic that will highlight your beauty throughout the years and prevent you from cringing at your fashion choices decades down the line. The collar is usually made from lace for a romantic flair, but if you want to be a little less covered up, an illusion high collar is also an option.
Hopefully, these silhouettes and necklines have given you an idea of what to look for in your bridal gown design. If you’re still struggling, this quiz can give a general sense of what you’re looking for and what styles you gravitate towards. But try on a variety of styles to experiment with and have fun!
Planning your wedding can be so stressful, which is why wedding coordinators are so highly sought after. Giving you a helping hand so you can focus on preparing yourself for your special day. So, don’t forget to take some time for yourself- book a boudoir photography session to relax and feel beautiful. The images can be a special gift for both you and your fiance and can help set the mood for your wedding day.