A Guide to Wedding Dress Styles

1 May 2024 | Wedding

There’s no doubt that choosing a wedding dress is one of the most exciting parts of the wedding planning process, and we wouldn’t blame you for making this your first priority! For some brides, the choice is simple; they may have always dreamed of walking down the aisle, picturing every detail from their wedding dress, to their hairstyle, and their makeup and accessories. For others, the vast range of wedding dress styles that are available may seem a little overwhelming at first glance. However, as many brides will attest, you’ll only know which wedding dress is right for you once you see yourself wearing it. So what better way to find ‘the one’ than by shopping around and trying on different dresses? Just remember to take your favourite girls with you – their opinions will come in handy when trying on a range of wedding dress styles! 

Before you begin wedding dress shopping, it would be helpful to understand the different types of wedding dress styles that are available. This will help guide you when choosing which shops to visit, or which wedding dress designers to keep an eye out for! Let’s begin:

The Ball Gown

The Ball Gown is the perfect style of dress for brides who want to feel like a true princess on their big day. Composed of a fitted bodice and a voluminous skirt, the ball gown can suit many different brides, as long as the gown is proportionate to their frame. Choosing a ball gown will make your wedding day feel even more like a fairy tale, with all eyes on your beautiful, full gown as you make your way down the aisle to greet your prince charming.  

Ballgown Dress
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The A-line Dress

The A-line dress is another classic wedding dress style that can suit all body types. A slightly more flowy take on the traditional ball gown, the A-line dress is also fitted at the top but cascades out below the waist towards the ground. The balanced shape of this silhouette, with its flattering bodice and flared skirt, will make brides feel like magic on their special day. 

A line wedding dress
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The Trumpet Wedding Dress

For brides who aren’t afraid to accentuate their best features, the trumpet wedding dress – also known as ‘fit and flare’ – is the perfect shape. This dress style is fitted throughout the body, with a skirt that flares from the middle of the thigh outwards. Since this dress shape is more fitted than the ball gown and A-line styles, it is a great way to highlight a small waist on petite and hourglass figures.

Trumpet Dress
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Mermaid Dress

Perhaps the wedding dress style that is best suited to hourglass figures is the mermaid dress. Combining an elegant silhouette that hugs your curves down to your hips and thighs with a skirt that flares out from around the knees, the mermaid dress emphasises your natural curves in a way that no other dress can. If you’re looking for a dress that makes you feel bold and beautiful, this could be the ideal match for you!

mermaid wedding dress
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Sheath Wedding Dress

The sheath dress, also known as a column dress, is a more sleek and fitted dress style than the others mentioned in this list. Although they are more simple in terms of design, sheath dresses can be made from a wide range of fabrics and designed with different types of necklines. A sheath dress is an ideal choice for brides looking for a figure-hugging silhouette that naturally flows down the body.  

Column Dress
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Tea-length Wedding Dress

Tea-length dresses were all the rage in the 1950s, making them a popular choice among vintage-loving brides. This dress style is both timeless and elegant, and brides can choose dresses that feature both modern and vintage elements to suit their wedding theme. If you’re looking for something that stands out from the norm, a tea-length dress could be the perfect match!

Tea Length Dress
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Once you’ve said yes to the dress, it’s time to start thinking about the rest of your wedding plans! From venue sourcing, to finding the right caterers to treat your guests on the big day, the team at MyWeddingPlanner is here to help make your wedding day dreams come true. Get in touch to discover how our wedding planning services can help you!

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