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In order to make sure you make an informed decision when choosing a wedding dress, you have to know a little something about the styles of wedding dresses that are on the market. In this article, I gathered the most common styles for wedding dresses so that you can see them and decide which one suits you best.

Best Wedding Dress for Your Body Type

 The Apple style for wedding dresses

When you talk about someone having an apple body type you don’t mean that she/he is overweight; it means a slightly rounded figure with hips waist and similar shoulder widths, slim and toned arms and legs.

Although it is said that for an apple waist you should choose a bodice worn with A-lie skirt, there are also designers who recommend a beeline for the bias cut for those who have a super slim stature. So, the best wedding dress for this body type is a longer-length dress, like the ultra-straight column dress for brides with slim stature.

apple shape wedding dress

The Hourglass style for wedding dresses

Characterized by hips and shoulders of the same width and a well-defined waist, the hourglass body type is the closest thing to the perfect figure. This body type is known to be the easiest to dress because it can be adapted to suit every figure. Many stars like Marilyn Monroe or Kate Wiglets have chosen this style.

The hourglass style for wedding dresses has been created to help you highlight some parts of your body. The hourglass is the perfect wedding dress for this body type as it allows you to highlight your curves by wearing a fishtail skirt, which will show off your womanly shape to perfection. But you should choose to highlight only one part of your body, because you want to risk taking the attention away from your great shape.


The Pear style for wedding dresses

Dominated by a large, voluptuous lower body with large hips and a pert posterior, the pear is the more common body type and the hardest to dress. Pear-shaped women often have a smaller bust and tend to carry any extra weight on their hips, bottom and thighs. But pears are blessed with a beautifully slim torso and small waist.

For those brides with a pear shape body type, the best wedding dress involves a corset with a lot of detail, as it creates the illusion of curves. It is also advisable not to hide your shoulders, but accentuate it by avoiding shawl-type accessories. Empire line skirts have an unstructured waist so that it falls in a straight line past the hips and into the skirt; this way you can hide your hips, which are usually bigger than the rest of you body.

pear shape dress

The Boyish Shape style for wedding dresses

Boy-shaped body type is characterized by  a very small bust and a small bottom with no curves. Women with this body type say that they don’t have anything neither to hide nor to show. But usually boy-shaped women have lithe, long legs, which can work in their advantage.

Designers say that the best wedding dress for this body type  involves a mini skirt, to highlight their legs. But for those brides who don’t like the idea of a short skirt they should wear a long, figure-hugging dress, which will ensure that their body shape is crystal clear to onlookers. Also the boy-woman is free to wear as much detail up top as she likes.

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The  A-line style for wedding dresses

This is the perfect wedding dress for women with a slim upper body and waist, but bigger hips and thighs. It’s great for curvy body type to show off their bust and slim waist, but not so good for those who have a bit of a tummy to cover up, or those with a small bust as it will draw attention to that area.


The Column style for wedding dresses

Fitted but with a straight skirt, this can be soft and floaty as in a Grecian style . The Column dress hugs the body type and is the best wedding dress for tall, willowy women. This is the one to give you that catwalk look! It will also work well on a more petite figure. The Column shape sits quite close to the body, so if you have fuller hips, this will tend to emphasize them, and is quite clinging so avoid it if you do not have a smooth outline.


The Empire Line style for wedding dresses

Under-bust detailing and seaming with an unstructured waist so that it falls in a virtually straight line past the hips and into the skirt. The body of the dress falls from beneath the bust, which is great if you have a broad waist and a small  bust. This wedding dress is perfect for  petite brides as the long lines makes them look taller. The long line also makes tall brides look taller.You should avoid this wedding dress style  if you have a heavy bust-line because it will make it appear bigger.


The Full Skirt style for wedding dresses

If you have a slim-hipped body type and a full bust, the Full Skirt is the perfect wedding dress for you as it will balance top and bottom perfectly, giving you that “fairytale bride” look. This style and the Princess are generally thought of as the most romantic shapes. Avoid the Full Skirt if you are not full busted, as it will make your bust look smaller. If you are petite, avoid this option because you will disappear into the dress! If you have wide hips, avoid the Full Skirt because it will over emphasize them.

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As we said before, choosing a wedding dress is a process that requires a long time and a lot of patience. If you don’t know what you really want, you might find it very difficult to decide on only one dress for your big day. Here are some tips to help you choose your wedding dress.

Tips to Choose Your Wedding Dress

Be open-minded

When you are actually trying on wedding dresses, be opened to any style. You may be surprised about how good a certain dress would look on you, and how perfect it might suit you.

Ask for advice

If you have one idea in your mind about how you would like your wedding dress to look like, ask for a professional advice. A designer or a retailer can tell you about the quality of the fabric you have chosen and can give you tips about how to keep it clean.

Don’t rush

You don’t have to settle for the first dress you have tried on and you loved it. Allocate a few weeks in which to visit as many bridal shops as possible and try on all the dresses you like. Only after you think that you have seen enough dresses decide which one you loved more.

Think things through

Before you actually buy a wedding dress, think about practicalities and accessories. Try to mach veils or jewelry with your wedding to see how it looks. Also think about the how you could do your hair, to suit your wedding dress.

Trust your choice

If you have decided on one particular gown, make sure that you don’t try any other dresses to.o Stop looking around and be convinced that you made a perfect choice.

Think about color theme.

You are under no obligation to show your wedding dress to your maids of honor, before they have chosen their own dresses. But you should make sure that your wedding gown and their dresses mach the same wedding theme.

After the big day

Some brides like to keep their wedding dresses forever through wedding gown preservation, as a reminder of the day. Other brides decide that they won’t wear it again and sell it or donate it to a charity shop to sell for another bride to enjoy.

I would love to show you my dream wedding dress, but unfortunately I have this image in my head which I can’t draw. I tried to find a dress on the internet which looks similar to the dress I have in mind but I haven’t found one yet. All I know is that it is going to be wonderful and I will look perfect wearing it.

Choosing the right wedding dress for your style, body size, and dreams might be a very difficult task. No matter if you wear that dress only once in your life, you need to make sure that it is your dream dress and that it will make you look gorgeous an your wedding day. In this article we are going to talk about some tips on how to choose your wedding dress.

 How to Choose Your Wedding Dress

Decide on a silhouette

We all know that wedding dresses are made in several different silhouettes, so before you choose a wedding dress, you have to know which type of gown will flatter your figure the best. You can rely on professional photos of models wearing wedding gowns, or you can ask for a real parade of wedding dresses. This way you can see easier which silhouette would suit you best.

Think about your venue

Considering your wedding venue when choosing your wedding gown is very important, as you need a wedding dress style that will suit the venue. It’s no good buying an elaborate dress with a full skirt, enormous train and veil if you are planning on walking barefoot to the water’s edge for your ceremony.

Think about the season

You have to consider the time of the year you are getting married. You have to choose a lighter fabric for summer or a long-sleeved style for winter. You don’t want to go blue from the cold on your wedding day.

Think about your skin color

We all know that wedding dresses come in very many shades of white cream and gold. Before choosing the color of your wedding dress, ask for professional advice, because you want that dress to make  you glow, not to make you look like a shade.

Consider your circumstances

Formal ceremonies usually call for floor length dresses and long trains, while informal ceremonies are a terrific place to wear a shorter gown without a train at all. If you’re having a beach wedding in the middle of July, you may not want to wear a heavy fabric like duchess satin.

Think about the fit and the fabric

As you will be spending a lot of time in your wedding dress you have to feel relaxed and comfortable in it. You should be able to sit, kneel and dance comfortably while wearing it. When choosing the fit and the fabric of your wedding dress remember the number of meters are going to be used to make your wedding, and the amount of work needed to make your wedding gown look amazing. This way you will have an idea about how much your wedding dress is going to cost.

Making or hiring a dress

If you are on a tight budget and you can’t afford a designer there are other options for you. Some designers offer ‘off-the-peg’ garments for sale and others may make the dress for you and charge you a hiring fee only.


It is highly fashionable to decorate your wedding dress. Some brides choose bead-work, others choose sparkle and crystals, and others prefer embroidery or patterned fabrics. The decorations you choose may have the same color as your wedding dress, or different color, in order to introduce a contrast.


Necklines are important, as they will draw attention to your upper body. Your bust, face, neck and shoulders can all be accentuated or downplayed by the shape of the top part of the dress. Most brides choose low round or scooped neckline, but for a bride with great shoulders it is advisable to go with a halt-neck. A high round neck or slash-neck dress will look best on a bride with a small bust

So the pressure to find the perfect dress is on. You have been dreaming about the perfect wedding dress since they day you could remember and now you have to choose the one. The possibilities are endless when it comes to choosing the right kind of dress. Here are some steps to follow.

Things to do Before You Choose Your Wedding Dress

Decide on a budget for your wedding dress

When deciding your budget, before choosing a wedding dress, you need to be as specific as possible; you have to make a general range, such as 1000$-2000$ and try to stick to it. It is said that to bride’s attire should be allocated 10% of the entire budget of your wedding, but when you set the amount remember that you don’t have to buy just your wedding gown, but you also your veil, shoes, slip, jewelry, gloves, etc.

Do your research on wedding dresses

Before you start looking around, or step foot into a bridal shop and choosing a wedding dress you have to do some research about wedding gowns. You have to make sure that you know what you can find on the market, what models, what prices, what styles. You can do your research using the Internet or magazines. It’s important to have all the information before actually choosing a wedding dress.

Pick a partner

Choosing a perfect wedding dress for your big day is a very difficult task, that’s why you have to have someone you really trust to help you. You can ask anyone, your sister, your cousin, your mother, you maid of honor, but make sure you don’t have too many opinions, because it will be very difficult to satisfy all their conditions for a perfect wedding gown.

Try on dresses wedding dresses

It is very important to go on as many bridal shops and try on as many dresses as you can before you choose the wedding dress you like; this way you will realize what you are looking for. Also take someone you trust, maybe your made of honor, to help you. Their honest opinion should help you choose the perfect wedding dress for you.

Book appointments early

If you’ve spotted wedding dresses you like, made by particular wedding dress designers, book appointments with them or with bridal shops who stock their designs. You want to make sure that they can make your dress perfect in time for your wedding day.

Don’t discount the discount

It is not necessary true that the most expensive gown is the best one. There are a lot of bridal shops which have huge discounts during some of the seasons, so you can choose a high quality wedding dress a lot cheaper that you have expected.