If you are recently engaged, congratulations! You may be wondering where to start planning and what is important to get done first. One part of wedding planning that many women look forward to is picking out their wedding dress. Many have dreamed of exactly what they want it to look like and have done tons of research since they were young to find out exactly what they like. Whether you are one of those or someone who has no idea what they are looking for, it can still be a stressful process.
Finding the bridal dress that perfectly fits your vision can be quite a challenge. You may end up traveling to several different stores or even different states to find your dream dress. If you go in without any idea what you’re looking for, it makes it harder to narrow down once you get to the store. The best way to prepare yourself for your dress shopping is to have an idea of what you like and what you don’t like but still be open to trying some new things by recommendation of your consultant or who you bring along.
If your vision is a bit too narrow, you may end up having very few options and not liking any of them. Look through magazines, wedding websites, Pinterest, Instagram and any other site you can think of to see some examples of dresses you like and don’t like. Be sure to save them, figure out what the styles are and be able to show the person helping you!
What are the styles
Now that you are starting the process of finding your wedding dress, let’s talk about the basics. If you are very new to wedding dresses, you may not know that there are six basic silhouettes. These are made up of A-line, trumpet, column, mermaid, tea length and ball gown. So, what’s the difference?
- A-line: The a-line dress will be slightly more flowy than a ball gown. It is fitted around the bodice and the waist and slowly flows out as it reaches the ground. It gets its name because it resembles a capital letter A.
- Trumpet: A trumpet bridal dress can also be called a fit-and-flare. It is fitted all throughout the body and begins to flare out about the mid-thigh.
- Column: This dress has a very narrow shape and flows straight down from the neck all the way to the floor.
- Mermaid: Though you may think this is the same type of dress as the trumpet, it is a bit different. This is also fitted throughout the body, but it begins to flare out at the knee.
- Tea length: A tea length wedding dress is one that is usually fitted around the waist and flows down to between the knee and the ankle. This will give the bride more of a vintage feel.
- Ball gown: The ball gown is what you think of when you think of the classic “princess dress.” It is fitted in the bodice and has a very full skirt from there to the floor.
How to pick for your shape
Now that you know what types of styles exist, how can you pick the right dress for your body shape?
- A-line: This is the only silhouette that is perfect for all body shapes. This will follow your body shape, but will still look loose and elegant.
- Trumpet: You may want to choose a trumpet style dress if you are petite, have a curvier side silhouette or have an hourglass figure. This dress helps to give you the illusion of height.
- Column: This is the best type of dress for those who are petite, slim, tall and have a rectangular body shape. It is simple but can make a statement.
- Mermaid: This type of bridal dress is perfect for those with an hourglass figure, small bust or with a curvy silhouette. This is a dramatic dress that will show off your curves.
- Ball gown: This dress is great for those who have a pear-shaped body, if you are tall or have a straight body type. This will help balance the proportions of your body.
Now that you can truly start the process of searching for your dream wedding dress, let us help you with all the rest of the details. Contact us today to book your date and let us help you start planning!