The Basics of Wedding Dress Shopping

Wedding Dress ShoppingShopping for your wedding dress is not only one of the most important parts of putting together your wedding, but it can also be the most overwhelming and stressful. There are so many different types of wedding dresses available from hundreds of different designers which can make it seem impossible to get through all of the options. Making things worse is that you want to try on every single dress because your wedding is so special and important, but there simply isn’t enough time to make that feasible. So what is a gal supposed to do when faced with this lack of time and important decision?

Fortunately, there are some basic tips that will help you find the perfect dress when you head out shopping. It all starts with a good foundation of education and familiarity so you don’t go into the bridal shop blind. Since most women will only be getting married one time in their whole life, knowing the different terminology and rends specific to wedding dresses can be difficult. Here is a quick rundown of things so that you can be armed with knowledge when you head out on your quest for the perfect wedding dress.

Dress Styles

One of the hardest things to wrap your head around is the different styles of wedding dresses that are available. Wedding dress style names are unique to the niche, so you probably won’t recognize some of the buzz words. Here are the most important ones that you’ll need to know.

  • Silhouette: The shape or outline of the entire wedding dress.
  • Neckline: The shape of the dress at or below the neckline.
  • Bodice: Where the waistline ends and the skirt begins.
  • Sleeve Length: The section of fabric that covers the arms and shoulders.
  • Train Length: The section of skirt that extends behind the dress.
  • Length: Where the hemline of the own falls.
  • Accents: Embellishments to enhance the overall look of the gown.

Your Body Shape

The next thing that you’ll need to understand is your own body’s shape. Each woman has their own curves and features, so knowing what category your body falls into can really help you choose the appropriate dress style to show it off well.

  • Inverted Triangle: Your torso and upper body tend to be wider than your hips with minimal waist definition. Many women with this body shape have slim legs and an athletic-looking physique with broader shoulders than average (a swimmer’s build).
  • Rectangle: Sometimes referred to as a “column”, this body shape features a torso and upper body that is the same width as your hips with nearly zero waist definition. This creates a linear physique with parallel lines from your shoulders to your waist and hips.
  • Apple: Your torso and upper body are equal to your hips with little or no waist definition, and you carry most of your weight around your waist and bust. Your waist and hip measurements are usually similar.
  • Pear: Your hips are a little wider than your torso and upper body which really defines your mid-section. You have full-featured legs which will usually seem a bit short in comparison to the rest of your body. Your bust may be dramatically smaller than your hips.
  • Hourglass: Your torso and your hips are about the same width with a lot of definition in the waist. Your physique is considered proportionate, meaning your bust and hips are equal in size with a smaller waistline.

By understanding your body shape in conjunction with the various dress styles that are available, you can go into your favorite bridal shop prepared to choose from wedding dresses that will look the bst on you and show off your features. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you’ll want to take you time and choose your wedding dress carefully so you don’t have any regrets when your big day finally arrives.