Bride Education – Wedding Dress Styles

Matthew Campbell

The wedding dress will be the single most important purchase a bride makes that will determine how she feels and looks on her wedding day.  The dress should be comfortable enough to dance the night away and also elect stares from all in attendance.

wedding dress styles

We first suggest all brides search the Internet to get an idea of what they “think” would look and feel best on them.  Be sure to go dress fitting even if purchasing a dress online to get an idea of the feel and look on your particular body style.  When going to a bridal salon to try on a wedding dress, be sure to check first if they require a scheduled appointment.  This ail ensure a dressing room and bridal consultant will be available to attend to every need.

There are six basic silhouettes that make up all wedding dresses

A-Line – The most flattering look to most figures of all the dress styles.  A-lines add height, slimness and minimize hips.  A-line has a narrow top, that skims the rib cage and then flows out into an “A” triangle.

Wedding Dress Styles

Ball Gown

The ball gown is the most romantic of all the dress styles.  The ball gown has a dropped waist that is set off with a full skirt.  The dress is extremely flattering around the waist.  It is perfect for an average height bride with a classic romantic taste – like Cinderella.


The princess style is a cousin to the A-line.  However, the Princess style has seams that start at the neckline, run through the waist and continue down through the hips.  The Princess dress slims and lengthens.  Bride typically add tiaras to accent a Princess style wedding dress.


Sheath signifies sophistication.  This style is sexy yet understated.  A Sheath style wedding dress has a slim profile, statically placed darts and seams.  It showcases the bride’s body without showing too much skin.  Sheath style favors a slim, tall, petite or thin bride.


The style fit for a queen!  The Empire style has a waist seam that falls right below the bust, elongating the petite bride and flattering a smaller bust.

Slip Dress

A Sip Dress gives the impression and feel of a negligee.  Definitions of a slip dress include slimming, silky, and shows the bride’s figure.

Before going dress shopping, the single most important first step is to set a budget – and stick to it.  Next, ask a truthful friend to go dress shopping.  Be sure to try on many different dress styles.  The one that looks best may not match your envsions.  Speak up when needed.  Is the dress to heavy, is the dress’s neckline too low, is there not enough bling?  Keep in mind, if you have a hard time bustling the dress at the fitting, or if the material is uncomfortable at the fitting, it most likely be the same during the wedding day.  Be confident and comfortable in the wedding dress from the starting point.  Don’t  forget about the perfect dress accessory – seamless lingerie.

Lastly, wedding dresses will need to be ordered, shipped and altered.  Wedding dress shop at least four months before the wedding, preferably six to ten months before the wedding.  All dresses should be ordered no later than eight weeks before the wedding.

Matt is the co-owner and webmaster of In 2015 he updated his first eBook, Wedding Music eBook: Wedding Song Ideas For Your Wedding & Reception. He owned/operated a mobile DJ service in Montana while performing at more than 100 weddings. Matt lives in Las Vegas with his wife since 2000.

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