Find A Dress
On your wedding day, you will want to be wearing the most fabulous dress which makes you the centre of attention, helps you feel amazing and ensures all your guests are green with envy.
No matter what size or shape you are, there is a wedding dress to suit you that will fit and flatter in all the right places. Think about what dress styles usually suit you best. For example do you look and feel great in a slinky bias-cut skirt? Do you feel comfortable in a strapless corset, or do you prefer a halter neck style for support? Use the shapes and styles you prefer as a starting point and discuss these with us.
NECKLINE SHAPES FOR WEDDING DRESSES
The v-neck dips down to a v-shape at the front, which de-emphasizes the bust line. The back may be similarly cut or be higher and straighter. This style suits brides with medium sized breasts.
The square neckline is cut straight across angled corners where the straps or sleeves meet. This is a style for almost any bride.
Jewel / T-shirt
The jewel neckline is round and high cut, sitting near the base of the throat. This style is good for small busted brides and anyone wishing to cover up their upper chest and collar-bone area.
The wide neck shape of the bateau follows the collar bone almost to the edge of the shoulders. The front and back panels are either joined at the tip or separated by a thin strap.
The neckline is different on the left and right of the bodice. The dramatic example here is the one shoulder design. This style is good for the bride who doesn't need to wear a bra.
Shoelace / Spaghetti Strap
The neckline is usually straight or slightly shaped and supported by thin delicate straps, which are sometimes detachable. This style is good for small to medium chested brides.
WEDDING DRESS SKIRT SHAPES
As the name suggests, A-line dresses are typically A-shaped, with vertical seams running from the waist or shoulders to the bottom of the skirt. The degree of flare in the skirt can vary from slight to extreme and the bodice is often fitted. This style suits most people.
Column / Straight Skirt
The column design is for brides who want a modern, chic look. The slim profile closely follows the body's curves and looks flattering on tall, slim or petite brides.
Similar to the column style, but even more figure hugging, the mermaid style flares out at the bottom. This type of skirt is quite often bias cut (ie - cut on the diagonal) and suits the bride who wants to accentuate her curvaceous figure.
Appearing like a column or mermaid style from the front, the fishtail has an extra panel of fabric sewn into the back of the skirt which fans out like its namesake.
WEDDING DRESS SLEEVE STYLES
The long sleeve is slender and runs from shoulder to wrist. A popular choice of fabric for long sleeve dresses is a translucent sheer fabric.
Bell Shaped Sleeve
The bell shaped sleeve style is slender from shoulder to elbow or mid-forearm then flares out to the wrist. Sleeve length is typically long and sometimes has tails that extend to beyond the fingers. This style can be good for hiding chubby arms as long as the sleeve isn't tight.
The Juliet sleeve is very Shakespearean with its long fitted sleeve and puff shoulder.
The balloon sleeve is full over the upper arm down to the elbow, then slender from the elbow to wrist.
CHOOSING A BRIDAL TRAIN
A train - the elongated portion of material at the back of the bridal gown - can go with any dress shape or style. Trains vary in length from very short to very long, but most brides (royalty excluded!) opt for a train no longer than eight feet.
Many brides prefer not to have a train at all, but it is possible to have the best of both worlds by having a detachable train which is usually attached to the dress at the waist via hooks or buttons.
If your train isn’t detachable then it should have hooks that you can use to loop it up to the waist (bustle style) or the shoulder. Some dresses use an old-fashioned but elegant style where the loop is held over the fingers.
Another type of less common train is a Watteau - one that falls from the back near the shoulders to the floor. These are usually detachable. Here we take you through the most common types of train.
Duster / Sweep
The duster is the shortest train available, extending no more than about a foot from where dress hits the floor.
Medium / Chapel
A medium length train is a popular and manageable length, extending from 3½ to 4½ feet from the waist.
This is a long formal train extending 6½ to 7½ feet from the waist. You may need the help of your bridesmaids and/or page boys to hold the train at certain points during the day to avoid damage (a train any longer than this is generally called a Monarch train).