Your Perfect Wedding Dress

Your wedding dress is probably the most important dress you will ever wear; its what you will be wearing when you pledge your love and devotion to your future husband in front of family and friends, and naturally you want to look your most beautiful!

Today's bride has a tremendous selection of wedding dresses to choose from - from the traditional romantic flowing lines through to classic wedding dresses and individual contemporary styles to the Empire Line Style Wedding Dress which is seamed just under the bust.. Choosing the perfect wedding dress can be exciting, nerve-wracking and a stressful experience.

One important factor is to take advice from an expert. Illusion can play a part in enhancing your figure. for example A wide boat neckline will make your waist seem smaller than it really is. A fitted bodice into an "A" line or full skirt will conceal a hip measurement you would rather not have published. A gown cut with a through line from shoulder to hem will give an impression of height.

Full skirt Wedding Dress


The style of your perfect wedding dress is most important factor. If you are fuller figured, avoid very fitted or waisted styles as these need a curved or papered body shape.

If your shape tends to the tall and thin - you could choose a ball gown with strapless, fitted bodice. If you feel your shoulders are too bony or that your collarbone protrudes too much, go for a long fitted dress.

If you are short with fuller figure - try the classic wedding dress style empire line dress. The beauty of this style is that it has a seam under the bust line and then flows down.

If you have a full bust - draw attention away from it by having a long bodice as with the basque style and full skirt.

If you have full or wide hips - avoid a bustle or anything tiered. The 'Princess' style, which is fitted on top and then flares slightly to the hem will hide larger hips by creating a slight triangle to the lower half of your body.

If your legs are short or on the heavy side - try a long dress. It will give you more bight with a sheath style, which is straight but not too body hugging.


It is useful to be aware of wedding dresses styles available so that you can make the right choice. New styles and colours are constantly introduced to reflect ever changing trends from strapless to shawl collars. Here is a guide to some of the bridal gowns styles available:

A-Line Style Wedding Dress : Fitted at the top with a triangular, flared skirt.

Bias Cut Style Wedding Dress: Dress cut across-grain to give a fluid feeling and shape without seams.

Fish Tail Style: Fitted gown with an hourglass silhouette and flare from the knee.


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Empire Line Style Wedding Dress: Seamed just under the bust.

Princess Cut Style: A - Line with vertical seams running from the middle of the shoulders or bust down to the hips.

Ball Gown Style : Fitted bodice and full skirt.

Straight or Column Dress Style Wedding Dress: Classic long lines and no flare.

Dropped Waist Style Wedding Dress : A ball gowns but with waist falling below the belly button.

Ballerina Wedding Dress: Close fitting bodice with a full skirt.

See more detail on plus size wedding dresses and classic wedding dress styles.

Finally, remember that your perfect wedding dress is the most important gown you will ever wear. It is the gown in which you will say "I do" to the man of your dreams. It is the gown in which you will be remembered long after the wedding. You may even see your daughter wearing it on her wedding day. Most of all, you should have a lot of fun shopping for the perfect wedding dress.

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Acknowledgement. All wedding dress photographs are designs by Alfred Angelo, reproduced with their kind permission. Visit their web site to see their full range.

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