There are a few things about the make up of your dress that you may want to consider before you start shopping. If you already have an idea of the style and fit you're looking for then you're off to a good start! But for those of you who are just starting to look for gowns, I'm going to break it down for you.
For those tech-savy brides, Theknot.com has an excellent app to assist you in your dress hunt called "The wedding look book."
Simply put, this is the overall shape of a gown and sets the mood for the entire look. Brides choose a ball gown to look like Cinderella or an empire waistline to feel modern and feminine.
The neckline is the first thing people notice about your dress and it will frame your face. If you're a more modest bride then a bateau, jewel, or mandarin neckline would suit you best. Your neckline shows off your modest or bold personality and can be great to show off an accessory or family heirloom
The waistline is the horizontal seam that joins the bodice to the skirt, which adds a signature style to the silhouette and balance to the gown. Most brides love the natural waist on an A-line dress because it shows off soft curves. If you're more petite, try a drop waist to give the appearance of a longer torso. If you are a little self-conscious about your weight then the high empire waist will help slim your waistline.
Your train will mimic the formality of the ceremony and will be bustled during the reception. Make sure the dress just brushes your toes so you can be dancing all night!
The oldest tradition of the wedding gown would be its white color. Some brides are choosing more pastel dresses or adding color in the details of their gown. Most brides still choose white, or shades there of, but you'll want to make sure your dress matches your skin tone so you don't end up looking washed out in your pictures.
Don't be afraid to make your dress your own: long or short, white or colorful. Be daring with a corset-laced back or classy and sassy with a keyhole cutout. Add beads and embroidery for some extra personality in your dress. After all, you'll only be wearing it for one day and want it to be perfect for you!
Next time we'll be talking about which dress would best fit your body type. Until then, happy planning!