The biggest day of your life is on the horizon, and naturally, as the bride-to-be, you want to look simply stunning. But where do you start? The world of wedding dresses can be a confusing place.

From taffeta to lace, strapless to halter, fishtail to ballgown, there’s a whole host of beautiful wedding dresses out there, and you need to find the one that makes you look and feel like a million dollars (ideally without spending a million dollars)! Let’s explore some of the most popular styles and set you on the road to discovering the right one for you.

“Dare-to-Flare” in an A-Line.

The A-Line offers a subtle, yet dramatic wedding dress style – the slender, fitted bodice perfectly complements the wide, “A” shape flare of the skirt. The skirt clinches at the waist and then gently flares over the hips, continuing its “A” shape to the hem. This is a versatile style and looks great styled in lace or satin.

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Who Can Wear It?

The A-Line is a fairly forgiving shape that can be carried off by my many brides. In particular, it looks great on classic pear-shapes, as it skims the hips, makes the waist look smaller and puts a little focus on the bust. The A-Line also suits petite brides, as it can lengthen the figure. It’s certainly worth exploring the different neckline options as that can make a huge difference to the look of the dress.

Stand Tall in The Column.

Straight and narrow, the column dress follows the lines and curves of your body – so if you want to showcase what you’ve got then stand tall (and stand out) in a column.

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Who Can Wear It?
Best suited to a slender and tall bride, the column (or sheath dress as some prefer to call it) accentuates and highlights your shape. If you are not a fan of your hips then you should steer clear, the column dress likes to cling, and as your hips don’t lie, you might end up showing them off more than you care to.
But, if you want to shimmy down the aisle while showing off your svelte silhouette then this could be your dream dress.

Feel Enchanted in a Ballgown

Always fancied resembling a fairy-tale princess on your big day? Then a ballgown style dress could be the one for you. Big and bold, the ballgown has a fitted bodice that accentuates your top half and a voluminous skirt that will billow around you. Often paired with a traditional wedding, the ballgown offers immutable style and is perfect if you’re seeking an elegant, glamorous look.

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Who Can Wear It?
Great news – the ballgown suits all shapes, but you need to make sure the fit is right. Overly tight bodices can restrict you (and your bosom), the last thing you want is a boob overspill! You need to get the balance right, try out a few different neck-lines and think about just how big you want to go skirt-wise. You can go for frothy tulle or a heavyweight taffeta. Choose wisely, and the contrast between fitted bodice and ample skirt will highlight your waist to maximum effect.

Glam It Up in a Fishtail.

The fishtail (also known as a mermaid or trumpet dress) follows your curves before fanning out from the knee.
You will need to be comfortable in your own skin to get away with this style – but who wants to be a wallflower at their wedding? If it’s good enough for Hollywood, it’s good enough for us, and there are plenty of stars that have chosen to shine by donning a glamorous fishtail number. Inject a little of that A-List attraction into your own wedding and go for a showstopper. Fishtails can be simple in style but effortlessly stunning, or you can go for a more intricate design adorned with crystals or layered with lace.

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Who Can Wear It?
The fishtail is best worn by a confident bride and suits a curvaceous contour.

Hang Loose in an Empire Line Dress.

Although renowned for its high waist and loose-fitting skirt, the empire is far from baggy and saggy. This style of dress tends to fit snugly around the bust area, flowing gently out from underneath.

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Who Can Wear It?
This type of dress suits slender brides and those who are on the shorter side who are seeking to elongate their silhouette. But, as the empire is so versatile, it’s also great for brides that consider themselves to have a traditional apple shape and may be conscious of their waistline.

Style, it Out.
Before you head off on a quest for the perfect dress assess your body shape (kindly)! What bits do you like and would you like to show off? What bits are you less confident about and would prefer to conceal?

Go armed with an idea of what you feel will suit you best, but go with an open mind too. Consultants have hefty experience in bridal attire, don’t brush off their concept of what will look great on you. You might surprise yourself (all along you thought you would love a svelte and simple column dress, but now you find yourself weeping with joy as you stare at the diamante encrusted ballgown clad princess in the mirror).

You might not find the one immediately, so take along a small and trusted group of comrades to provide support, advice and pass you that much-needed glass of prosecco (you will need it)!

Take your time when finding the dress of your dreams and enjoy the journey – buying a wedding dress is fun and when else do you get to play dress-up in stunning gowns of all description? Enjoy!


Written by E. Challoner-Miles for The Wedding Planning Store

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