Before stepping into a bridal salon, you should know the basic wedding dress styles and the terms used to describe them. A wedding dress is typically described by 5part: silhouette, sleeves, bodice, neckline and train. For each part of the dress, there are many different styles:
The silhouette is the basic shape of the gown.
Ball Gown: The ball gown is characterized by a fitted bodice and a waistline leading to a very full skirt.( Think Cinderella)
Empire: An empire style gown features a high waistline (right under the bust) falling to a slimmer (yet not body-fitting) skirt.
A-Line or Princess: An A-line or Princess shape features vertical seams flowing from the shoulders down to a flared skirt, creating and inverted V or A shape.
Sheath: The mermaid style is from fitting at the top, similar to the sheath, and then flows out around the knees, creating a mermaid shape.
For wedding gowns, sleeves are more than just long or short. Read below to decide which type of sleeve is best for you.
T-shirt Sleeves: As the name indicates, these sleeves resemble those of your favorite shirt. This style is a good option for brides who want to cover their upper arms but don't want to go all the way.
Cap Sleeves: Shorter than a T-shirt sleeve and mvove rounded, therefore a little more baring. Cap sleeves work best on women with fairly slender and well tone upper arms.
Off the shoulder sleeves: These sleeves cover the upper part of the arms while leaving the tops of the shoulders exposed. The sleeves also cover enough of the upper arm to make most feel comfortable.
Length Sleeves: This style has a classic, ladylike feel, with the sleeves ending midway between the elbow and the wrist. An elegant look suited for a formal or winter wedding.
Spaghetti Straps: These are skinny straps with no sleeves attached. Not for the "army-shy". this style works best for brides with well toned upper arms or who just want to look sexy!
Sleeveless: Today, strapless gowns with no sleeves are actually the most polular choice amond brides. This style works for many body types.
As the name indicates, the bodice represents the "body" of the gown, or the section between the neckline and skirt.
Corset: This is a form-fitting bodice, complete with boning and lace up or snap closures. This bodice style is fashioned after the ladies undergarment with the same name.
Empire: This bodice style ends just below the bust and flares into a full skirt. This style is falttering on almost all body types.
Halter: The halter is a sleeveless bodice that wraps around the nck. Sometimes backless, always sexy!
The most noticeable part of the dress in your wedding photos, the right neckline can create a truly stunning wedding gown. Below we help you decipher the different styles.
Off-the shoulder- As the name implies, this neckline sits below the shoulders. showcasing a women's collarbone and shoulders, while sleeves cover part of the upper arm. This neckline flatters almost all figures.
Portrait: The portrait neckline is similar to an off the shoulder style but additional fabric covers the shoulders. The portait necklines is characterized by a wide, soft scoop from the tip of one shoulder to the tip of the other.
Sweetheart: Shaped like the top half of a heart, the sweetheart neckline's ability to accentuate
Midriff: This bodice fits closely around the mide ribcage, and is a great choice for accentuating a small waist.
Princess line: This sleel bodice, characterised by two vertical seams that travel from bust to hem, is super slimming and gives the illusion of extra height.
Surplice: The surplice bodice cross wraps the fabric in either the front or back.
Tank: The tank is short, sleeveless top with wide armholes. This popular style is a great option for fuller chested women.
Halter: The halter wraps around the back of the neck, creating deep armholes. The halter is often paired with a backless style, creating a very sexy look.
Scoop: The classice scoop is a U shaped neckline, and faltters almost all body types. For a sexier look, it can be cut low. The scoop will often continue on the back of the dress.
Jewel or T-shirt: Similar to an actual tshirt, the jewel neckline is around and sits at the base of the throat. This neckline creates a bustier look.
More than any other element of the wedding dress, the bridal train has the ability to transform. It's the elongated back option of the gown that lies on the floor and trails out behind the bride as she walks, giving her a majestic appearance. Trains date from the Middle Ages, when length worn ar court indicated rank. Today, gowns with long chapel and cathedral trains are considered the most formal, leading themselves to bustling followoing the ceremoney.