Ball Gown and A-Line Wedding Dresses

The most popular styles of wedding dresses are ball gown and A-line wedding dresses. Which is which, and what sets them apart? Knowing the difference between these two types of wedding dresses can make selecting the wedding dress of your dreams a little easier.


A-Line Wedding Dresses

A-line wedding dresses are defined by the shape of the skirt that is fitted at the waistline or just below at the hips and flares outward in the shape of an A. The natural flare from the waistline continues to the hem, giving it that A-shape. It is an elegant and versatile silhouette, which matches various necklines, sleeves, backs and fabrics. Any veil goes with A-line wedding dresses, as evidenced by Meghan Markle's beautiful sixteen and a half foot silk tulle veil.


PHOTO: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: CREDIT: Andrew Mathews - WPA POOL/GETTY IMAGES: Frey, Kaitlyn, and Kaitlyn Frey. “Better From the Back! See How Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton and Princess Diana's Wedding Gown Trains Stack Up.” PEOPLE.com, 19 May 2018, https://people.com/royals/royal-wedding-meghan-markle-kate-middleton-princess-diana-trains/.

Ball Gown Wedding Dresses

Ball gowns instantly evoke the thought of Cinderella, Disney princesses and fairy tales. The signature characteristic of ball gown wedding dresses is the voluminous skirt. A fitted bodice plummets into a dramatic skirt that can be as exaggerated and voluminous as the imagination elicits. Ball gown wedding dresses always make a statement. Whether you desire a cathedral train, short veil or a sparkling crown, you can be as elaborate or as simple as the mood takes you.



Body Type Matches for A-line and Ball Gown Wedding Dresses

A-line and ball gown wedding dresses are flattering for the shape of almost every bride, with a couple thoughts to consider. Shorter brides should be aware that the volume of the skirt of a ball gown can have an undesirable illusion when it comes to height. Modifications can be made to decrease the volume of the skirt to match the height. Ball gowns make the waist appear slender while hiding the lower body beneath a beautiful flare. A larger busted bride might look fuller overall with a ball gown. A-line wedding dresses create the illusion of curves on a slender bride that lacks them. It also creates a slender waist and fans outward to hide the lower body beneath the flare.


The perfect wedding dress should always match the theme and color scheme of a wedding or provide the right amount of contrast to make the perfect statement. The designers at Crystal Ballroom are the finest in the art of designing and creating fairy tale weddings to match the dress of your dreams. Contact Crystal Ballroom to speak to a professional designer!

Frey, Kaitlyn, and Kaitlyn Frey. “Better From the Back! See How Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton and Princess Diana's Wedding Gown Trains Stack Up.” PEOPLE.com, 19 May 2018, https://people.com/royals/royal-wedding-meghan-markle-kate-middleton-princess-diana-trains/.