One of your first priorities is your wedding gown - finding YOUR dress!
What is your style gown?
First consider what silhouette style best fits your body type. Here are the five main styles of wedding gowns.
Empire Gown - The Empire silhouette is well suited to either accentuate the bosom or attenuate the waistline. Often short sleeved or sleeveless, this high waist style, cropped just below the bust from where the skirt flares, can be worn for any occasion. It's a great choice for pear-shaped brides because it disguises the hips.
A-Line Gown - Regardless of body type, the elongated and elegant A-line gown is considered one-size-flatters-all. Its slim silhouette also can help deemphasize a larger figure and is suitable for both formal and informal settings. This style hugs the torso and has a flared skirt.
Ball Gown - While a voluminous ball gown can help better proportion a fuller figure, petite brides should take care not to become lost in the grandeur of this "Cinderella" style gown with its big pouf skirt. A full length and ample silhouette are also more suited to more formal celebrations. Busty brides will love this shape because it creates balanced proportions.
Sheath or Column Gown - Considered by many to be the most sensuous style, the sleek sheath drapes seductively over the fittest brides. Akin to evening wear, this gown is at its best after sundown. This slim, form-fitting silhouette hugs the body from head-to-toe.
Mermaid or Trumpet Gown - Best suited for the curvaceous bride, the mermaid cut flares low ala its namesake. Whatever the setting, be aware that snugness through the hips and thighs make kneeling and sitting a challenge. This gown is a bit more fitted and flares out at the knee or lower.
Finding the Right White
If you have a dark skin tone, go for stark white, or almost any shade.
If you have fair or pink-toned skin, go for an ivory wedding gown.
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Diagrams taken from weddingsolutions.com and some information taken form "The Knot" Magazine.