Thursday, 6 October 2016

How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Dress

Finding that drop dead gorgeous dress can be a challenging and daunting experience. There are so many factors to consider; fitted or not fitted, strapless or cap sleeves, long train or short train, and many others. We’ve tried to cut your search time in half with some tips to remember when on the hunt.

Dress Shapes

Ball Gown
This is the true fairytale dress. Commonly associated with Cinderella, this “princess” dress is filled with crinoline underneath to give it give it that poofy look. The top of the dress is fitted like a corset. Apart from having uncovered shoulders, this dress does not show off your body at all. Everything is more or less hidden underneath all that crinoline. If you’re looking for a serious eye-catcher and something more traditional, this is for you.


Similar to the Ball Gown, the A-Line style flows out from the waist but is a straighter cut than the “poof” of the Ball Gown.  This style allows for the attention to be drawn more to the upper part of the dress and the face rather than the bottom. Many A-line dress styles have patterns on the bottom half of the dress such as lace or a floral design.


Picture a mermaid, a fitted top half with a tail that flares out at the bottom. This dress is exactly that style. If you have a body that you like to show off, this could be a great look for you. A corset-like torso to extenuate the figure with a flared out bottom will definitely turn some heads. 

As it states in its name, this dress is very straight cut like a column. It does show off your figure but less than the Mermaid or Trumpet and more than the Empire. The column dress sits well in between.

The tight-fitting torso of the Mermaid style may be a little extreme for some brides and the Trumpet can be a great compromise. Similar to the Ball Gown, this dress is fitted at the top but flares out around the mid thigh area as opposed to below the knees which allows for a little more movement than the Mermaid.

Most waistlines on dresses start at the waist (hence the word).  However, on this dress it starts just below the bust, which has an elegant flow to it and, if you are shorter and want to feel just a bit taller, the Empire waist can help create the illusion of a longer and taller body shape. 


Simply put, the neckline of your dress depends solely on the amount of coverage you feel comfortable with. Necklines can always be adjusted to compliment the style of the dress.

The Train

Sometimes this is a detail that can be overlooked and become a problem on the big day. The style of the train can depend on several factors; where the ceremony is taking place, the kind of dress, and how likely you and others are to step all over it throughout the day.

Even after considering all these different aspects of wedding dresses, it boils down to only one thing, how you feel in it. It’s your day and you deserve to look and feel your best. Although all these tips may help, make sure to go with your gut.

Stay tuned for our next post!