Wedding Dress Styles

Wedding Dresses

Popular styles of wedding dress change with the seasons, but one thing that has remained relatively constant is the choice of a white wedding dress. However, compared to the overall history of weddings, the white dress, and even the wedding dress in general, is a relatively new addition to the big celebration.

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The White Wedding Dress And Its History

Prior to the introduction of the white bridal dress, brides tended to wear their best dress. They didn’t necessarily buy a special gown for the occasion and the colour and even material depended solely on what was available in the wardrobe. This was especially true in ancient times when a wedding was more of a financial coupling than a romantic one.

Although some brides would have worn white, it was merely by chance and because the white dress was their best outfit. That was, until Victorian times. The marriage of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert marked the turning point. Victoria wore a stunning white gown, adorned with vivid orange blossoms. From this day, the white wedding dress became increasingly popular and is still the most popular colour choice today, representative of innocence and purity.

The Bridal Veil

While the wedding dress, and in particular the white wedding gown, is a relatively modern innovation, the veil is one of the oldest components of the bridal ensemble. It dates back to ancient times when brides were wrapped from head to toe to show that they were a modest maiden. It was also meant to protect her from evil spirits. Not all modern brides wear a veil, but it does remain a popular garment for the wedding day.

The Importance Of Looking Good For The Big Celebration

Today, one of the primary considerations is how good the bride will look in her wedding photos, as well as how good she looks on the day. The bride needs to look good, feel good, and be comfortable on what can be a long and arduous day.

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Choosing Dress Shape According To Body Style

There are many different styles of wedding dress available today, from the right fitting silhouette dress to the billowing ballerina ball gown. The choice can seem baffling at first, although many brides-to-be already have a good idea of the type of dress design they want before they set foot in a wedding dress shop or wedding fayre. And, you should always wear the dress that you want, whatever its style and whatever type of dress that is. But, if you have no idea, it is worth narrowing dresses down according to your body type.

Petite Brides

Petite brides should avoid dresses that are too big and frothy. The smaller bride can feel lost and hidden inside a ball gown or something with a voluminous shape. The trumpet style dress is considered an ideal choice for the petite lady. Choose something minimalist and simple, because it will prevent the dress from overpowering the bride. Petite women can also benefit from an empire dress, known for its loosely fitted skirt and natural waist height.

Pear-Shaped Bodies

Brides with a pear-shaped body type should choose a dress that draws attention to the waist and highlights the lower half of the body. A ball gown is the perfect example, flaring out from the hips and defining your midsection. It will enable to make a grand entrance on the day. While the top of a ball gown is relatively simple in its shape and accoutrements, you can add sleeves if you want to convert a traditional ball gown to something more contemporary.

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The Hourglass Figure

Hourglass figures should show off their curves, with a feminine mermaid style dress. The bodice of this dress is fitted and then flares out below the knee. It brings attention to your curves but does so in a flattering way. To further show off your curves, add beading or crystal embellishments that really grab the eye of the viewer. These embellishments can be continued onto the top of the skirt section.

Apple Body Shapes

An apple body shape should choose a dress that creates a slender A shape that lengthens the torso. The flare of an A-line dress is narrower than that of a full ball gown but it flatters the lower half of the body. Lace detailing on the upper half of the dress can draw the eye up to give an even more eye-catching appearance. The A-line dress does work well for those with an apple body shape, but it is one of the most popular dress styles because it works with all body shapes.

Dresses For Straight Bodies

Brides with a straight body type can opt for a sheath style dress. The silhouette dress will hug the body in the right places. It has a sophisticated appearance, and you can create the illusion of curves with a belted sash or cinched waist. This gives curves without having to add bulk to the top half of the dress.

Inverted Triangle Bodies

Finally, if you have an inverted triangle body shape, you should draw attention to the hips in order to take attention away from the shoulders. The trumpet wedding dress is very similar to the mermaid gown except that it is a little more subtle. It narrows at the hips and legs. A deep V neckline can further balance the shoulders with the lower body. If you want to personalise the dress and add some embellishments, consider adding them to the back of the dress. Most eyes will be on the train at the back, so the extra decoration will be spotted and appreciated.

Choosing The Right Dress For Your Body

Every bride should choose the dress style and shape that they want to wear, regardless of its shape and her shape, but if you are looking for inspiration, choosing a dress according to your body shape is a great place to start. If you are still unsure, consider an A-line dress because this shape will work with any body type.  

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Featured venues: The Queens Hotel Leeds, Barnsley Metrodome Arena

Stage Styling: Tracy Williamson Designs

Dresses: Platinum Bridal, Ellanna Elizabeth, Ever After Bridal, Bridal Studio at Robertown

Photography: John Steel Photography

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