By Lydia Hatter

You’ve been dreaming about your perfect wedding dress since you were a little girl, but no one ever mentioned how tough finding “The One” can be! Your journey to find the perfect wedding dress to make you glow on your special day starts with figuring out your shape, style and budget! With an amazing line-up of designer gowns and accessories being thrown your way, it’s easy to get lost in translation. Unsure of whether you want an Old Hollywood-style or Modern theme to go along with that perfect wedding dress? Before you gather your mom & maids for your big bridal day out, consider the following features to enhance your figure.

The Perfect Wedding Dress starts at the Neckline which is the most noticeable part of that future perfect wedding dress in your wedding photos, the right neckline can enhance your features and create an exquisite gown!

Sweetheart Gown

Sweetheart: Shaped like the top half of a heart, the sweetheart neckline’s ability to emphasize the neck collar makes it a great option for fuller-chested women.
Bateau: This shape is cut straight across, following the curve of the collarbone to almost the tip of the shoulders, showing less décolletage. This neckline can be paired with sleeves or a sleeveless style.

Jewel: The jewel neckline is round and sits at the base of the throat. This neckline creates a bustier look.

Portrait: This neckline is similar to an off-the-shoulder style but additional fabric covers the shoulders. It is characterized by a wide, soft scoop from the tip of one shoulder to the other.

The Perfect Wedding Dress needs the perfect Waistline and is probably the biggest concern of every Bride-to-Be as it is the area they are usually the most concerned with making sure is figure flattering in that perfect wedding dress!

Drop: This style of waistline with the seam at the hips rather than the waist.

Princess: This sleek bodice, characterized by two vertical seams that run from bust to hem. This style is sleek, elegant and adds some height from the bride.

Empire: This bodice style ends just below the bust and flares into a full skirt. This style is flattering on almost all body types.

The Perfect Wedding Dress Silhouette is the basic shape of the gown and probably the most already thought out idea that the Bride has when going in to that dress shop and searching to fine that perfect wedding dress!

Princess Gown

Ball Gown: Just like the gown worn by Cinderella, this dress is characterized by a fitted bodice and a waistline extending out to a full skirt.

Empire: An empire-style gown features a high waistline that sits right under the bust, which falls to a slimmer skirt.

Princess: An A-line or Princess shape features vertical seams flowing from the shoulders down to a flared skirt, creating and inverted A shape.

Sheath: The slim sheath closely follows the line of the body, creating a form-fitting look.

Mermaid: The mermaid style is form fitting at the top, and then flows out around the knees, creating a mermaid shape.

The Perfect Wedding Dress Train is really where it can get quite interesting and play up or down all those other dress elements. It can be as long as Princess Diana’s or as mid-length as Kate’s or bustled and non-existent- it is your perfect wedding dress train length to decide!


Hot Train

Chapel- the chapel train extends 3 ½ to 4 ½ feet from the waist.

Cathedral- A very formal train, it extends 6 ½ to 7 ½ feet from the waist.

Sweep- The sweet extends no more than 1 ½ feet. If it extends from the waist it’s called a court train.

Keep your perfect wedding dress dreams alive and make them become reality! Need a suggestion of where to start for that perfect wedding dress in Central Indiana- check at David’s Bridal (several locations) or A Step Above Bridal at it’s new location in Zionsville Indiana.