Happily Ever After Starts Here

Monday, October 13, 2014

When trying to decide what post should kick off my new bridal blog, I began to think about the first few steps of planning a wedding. It all starts with the dress, of course! Wedding dress shopping can be one of the best parts of planning a wedding, but also one of the most overwhelming. There are literally SO many options and styles to consider. The silhouette, the neckline, the train... the list is almost endless. So before you walk through the door of Kleinfeld's, I would encourage you to do a little research on wedding dresses and how to find the right dress for your body.

The Silhouette & Waistline

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The a-line silhouette looks great on just about every bride! This style is fitted at the bodice and gently flares wider toward the bottom. It's good for disguising bottom-heavy figures and for brides whose shoulders are wider than their hips.


The empire waistline is higher than the brides actual waistline and can go up as high as just under the bust. This silhouette is perfect for curvy or expectant brides because it conceals bottom-heavy figures or a thick waist.  The empire also works very well for smaller busts or petite figures because it creates the illusion of length.

Ball Gown

The ball-gown silhouette is fitted at the bodice with a full skirt. It is very flattering on average to tall brides as the full skirt tends to cut the body in half. This silhouette is perfect for hiding everything - from a curvier mid-section to thicker hips and legs. The ball gown also works well on a pear shaped figure, or for a bride whose hips are wider than her shoulders.

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A figure-hugging silhouette, the sheath has a straight skirt at mid-calf (or shorter) that creates a defined waist. This style looks best as a sleeveless and is great for showing off a well-toned bride. Perfect for an hour-glass shape figure, the sheath maximizes a bride's curves.


The trumpet style hugs the bride until mid-hip and then widens gradually to the hem. It works well on a straight figured bride by adding curves. For a fuller figure bride, the trumpet will accentuate her feminine curves. A side-tie ruching on this silhouette will accentuate the waist and draw attention away from the tummy. 


This silhouette is similar to the trumpet, except it flairs from below the knee rather than mid-hip. It looks best on an hour-glass body shape to show off a bride's curves. Add a belt or sash to hug the waist and complete the look.

The Neckline & Sleeve Style

Necklines and sleeves vary widely and for the most part, any bride can choose her preference. Some things to keep in mind are:
  • Apple-shaped brides should play up their curves with a complimenting v-neckline
  • If a bride has wide shoulders, square straps or a halter will create a narrower illusion 
  • The sweetheart neckline is a great way to soften a look
  • Cap sleeves will accentuate narrow shoulders
  • 3/4 or long sleeves will conceal thicker arms
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The Back & Train

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The back of a wedding dress is always my favorite! I love when brides have really fun and sexy open or plunge backs on their dresses. The back of the dress is limited to the chosen neckline and straps, of course.

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Trains vary in length and the guide to the right is
helpful when considering how long of train to select. Trains are beautiful and often make the dress, but the most important thing about your train is the bustle! Every dress needs a strong bustle so it won't rip by the end of the night. More on bustles in my next post!

Don't let wedding dress shopping become too overwhelming - it should be fun and exciting! So at the end of the day just remember this:

Buy the dress that makes you feel the most like yourself. Because that's who he fell in love with.

Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed it!