The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Your Dream Wedding Dresses


Wedding dress selection should be about accentuating a bride’s best features. Here’s our ultimate guide to wedding dresses 

Wedding dress selection should be about accentuating a bride’s best features. Things start to go wrong when brides choose a style that doesn’t flatter their body or doesn’t compliment the style of ceremony or gathering they are having. After reading this, you’ll be ready to chill out, unwind and sip some wine knowing you’ve found the right gown. Here’s our ultimate guide to wedding dress styles.


What: Fitted at the top and flares out gently from the shoulder creating a subtle ‘A’ shape.

Suits: Almost anyone.

An A-line dress helps to balance out a large bust, and for slimming bulkier hips. The simplicity of this dress and its classic and chic style makes it suitable for any kind of wedding occasion. Additionally, the dress is not so huge as to be uncomfortable or a burden and can be partnered with different necklines, waistlines and fabrics to showcase your best features.

Pro tip: If you are pear-shaped, A-line dresses with hip or thigh area decorations can emphasize these dresses 136

Ball Gowns

What: Tailor-made bodice with a voluminous, bell-shaped, floor-length skirt. Usually reserved for more glamorous and classic weddings.

Suits: Tall brides providing the wholeness of the skirt balances the wearer’s height and size.

Ball gowns really boast a small waist. They are wonderful for formal weddings, but be sure the designer fixes a strong and sturdy bustier. Due to its sizable skirt, the ball gown can create the appearance of a petite dresses 137


What: The empire dress is characterized by a raised waistline that sits just below the bust and the rest of the dress flows straight down to the hem. 

Suits: Short-waisted women, petite women, heavy-set women creating a slimming affect.

For women with an apple shape, look for dresses with an empire waist and match them with a bra that offers good lift. The dress is perfect for hiding anything a long torso or a large lower body characteristic of pear shaped women and short legs. Petite women can create a lengthening illusion with this type of dress.

Pro tip: Go for empire dresses if you have large hips or a pear shaped body. This style will accentuate your body shape dresses 138


What: Contemporary, sleek design hugs your body to the hips and then flares out around the knees.

Suits: Tall women and curvaceous women with dainty figures.

They follow the silhouette of the body before widening out around the knees. The result is a very sexy and feminine style that focuses on the curves. As such, these dresses are particularly ideal for confident brides and look ravishing on hourglass figures. 

Pro tip: This is not the best dress to hide any flaws, only go for it when you are absolutely dresses 139


What: Not as compact than a mermaid or sheath, the body suit has vertical panels of fabric and then the skirt broadens out smoothly — a dignified style.

Suits: Almost everyone.

Princess gowns are for brides with a dreamy, formal style who also value convenience. Avoid princess gowns if you are going to jump and dance as the gown takes up a fair amount of space. A princess gown with a V-neckline can also elongate a shorter dresses 141


What: Modern, lustrous, breezy and uncomplicated style that hugs all your curves.

Suits: Very tall or dainty brides or brides with an athletic figure.

Sheath gowns are simple, classy and elegant. The sheath is very simple with an aligned framework. It does not have numerous layers like other dress styles. Statement backs, embellishments and romantic lace lends a vintage flair, and helps create a subtle, forgiving, overall pattern.

Pro tip: Sheaths are good for brides with defined waistlines and brides who wish to show off their dresses 140

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