We hear you are getting married ! Congratulations. Amidst all the excitement and happiness that this news entails, there is also a quest you are about to set yourself on ~ The Hunt For The Perfect Wedding Dress. If you are confused and don’t know where to begin, read on to find out the 4 ingredients that make the recipe for the perfect wedding dress.
It all begins with knowing the silhouette you’d like to wear on your wedding day. There are 4 major silhouette types available for bridal gowns in the market :
- Ball Gown
- A Line/Princess
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Out of all these silhouettes, the Ball Gown wedding dress has been historically the most popular choice. It consists of a full skirt, a fitted bodice and a cinched waist. This style will define your waist and highlight your bust. If you’re looking to create a little extra curve, try corset bridal gowns to give your style even more flair and drama.
Then comes the tea-length gown. These gowns are just right for you if you are looking to elongate your figure. It comes with a tapered skirt that flares out above the knee. Another choice that might be appropriate, is the empire waist gown – as it also creates an illusion of longer legs.
Now, if you are chic, a minimalist and looking for clean lines, going for a rather modest dress might be the answer. The straight cuts will add even more length to your figure.
If, however, you are looking to highlight your hips, there are two fabulous cuts you should try –
- The Trumpet Style : It is fitted below the knee
- The Drop Waist Style : It shows off your waist and hip area
The most coveted of silhouettes remains the A-Line. The fitted bodice will showcase your waist to perfection and the skirt will flow softly in an A-Shape from your hips. This classic look makes this a classic go-to cut for ball gowns.
2) Neckline, Hemline and Sleeves:
To adequately highlight the importance of picking the right neckline, one must mention that most of the pictures on your wedding day will be taken from the waist up, making the neckline of your dress the star of the show. Because of the versatility it offers, a strapless, corset bodice is really popular.
If you have a fuller bust, a simple bodice with a structured off the shoulder neckline is a good place to start. If you have a smaller bust, you can look for an embellished bodice or a sweetheart neckline to give it more emphasis. A square or scoop neckline looks great on everyone.
In terms of the hemline, it is totally a bride’s personal preference. If she would like to show off her legs, she can totally try a short dress. If she would like to show off her shoulders, she can go for a halter neckline. There is something called an illusion neckline which is appropriate for brides who are looking for a more conservative style.
Picking a theme for your wedding is one of the most fun parts of wedding preparation. In line with the theme that you have decided for your wedding, the little details of your wedding gown can be decided.
Like for a vintage theme, the dress should feature delicate lace detailing and cap sleeves would go great with it. If however, you are going for a modern theme, adding a little colour splash like with a sash could be a great idea too. For Bohemian themed weddings, a dress with ruffle accents and a flowing skirt can give that relaxed feel. A cocktail theme is the befitting occasion to slip into a figure hugging gown with a deep V-Neck.
Also consider the venue of your wedding. A destination wedding goes perfectly with a dramatic gown, such as a beach bridal gown. Garden themes are perfect for dresses with whimsical details like tulle or lace overlays.
One should be mindful of not overdoing the embellishments, never overwhelm for figure. When looking to create more curves, go for chiffon to enhance your body outline. Also, asymmetrical pleating and heavier embellishments are fun details for any bride who wants to give her look a modern twist.
Following what’s trending and the collection on the last few bridal runways can also be a good starting point. Bridal Collections have been an eclectic mix over the past few seasons on the runway. The designs have varied from vintage to the highly embellished , off shoulder looks. They have also carried some sleek and minimalist dresses.
In terms of color, brides are no longer restricting themselves only to the whites. They have been warming up to blush colours and runway styles are also showing hints of blue, gray and mint. In terms of fabric, Tulle has been a winner recently and brides have been in love with the romantic, light as feather tulle skirts.
A trend has also been noticed showing rising popularity of crop tops and two piece ensembles. They add a modern aesthetic to the happy event.