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Waistlines, Necklines and Wedding Dress Tips

Wedding Dress

The wedding dress is never an easy decision. You might find yourself struggling to find the right fit and look. Waistlines, necklines and veils can get a little confusing. Your wedding fashion is all about your style. Before you begin wedding dress shopping, let’s explore the lingo and some fashion tips.

Defining the Waistline of a Wedding Dress

There are so many waistline styles and words to describe them. Asymmetrical creates a different height on each side. A bride with wider hips might choose an asymmetrical waist or a ruffled skirt. Basque waistlines create an elongated triangle. Empire gowns are high-wasted seams that begin just below the bustline. If you want to camouflage the waistline, you will want the empire wedding dress. A natural waistline falls at the natural waist. Dropped waistlines fall below the natural waist.

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Wedding Dress Necklines

Necklines have more styles than the waistline, creating more options and confusion. Asymmetrical necklines are a one-shoulder design or different on one side of the front. Bateau necklines create a wide curve that follows the collarbone to the tip of the shoulders. High collars or mandarin collars extend up the neck. This neckline should be avoided with busty brides. A halter wedding dress has straps that wrap around the neck. A halter or one-shoulder strap balances the proportions between the shoulders and the hips. A bride with wider hips might choose this neckline. Off-the-shoulder hangs below the shoulders. A portrait neckline has a soft scoop from one shoulder tip to the other. A sweetheart neckline is low-cut in the shape of the top half of a heart. A V-neck drops low into a V-shape. A small-busted bride might choose a deep plunging neckline.

Wedding Dress and Skin Tone

The wedding dress should compliment shape and skin tone. There is more than one shade of white, and not every wedding dress is white. There is a remarkable difference between diamond white and ecru. Dark skin tones will look perfect in almost every shade of white. Yellow or olive undertones look best with a stark white or champagne wedding dress. Pink undertones should choose a creamy hue. Fair skin looks perfect in ivory and warmer colors. Fair skin should avoid stark white.

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Choosing a Veil to Match the Wedding Dress

The veil is optional, but when you choose to wear one, it should match your style. A blusher veil is short and hangs over the face until it is flipped over the head for the reveal. Cathedral veils are the most formal. These long veils can hang nine feet from the headpiece. Elbow extends to the elbows. Chapel is another formal veil that extends down to the floor, which is usually about six feet from the headpiece. Flyaway veils are less formal and have multiple layers that meet with the shoulders. A waltz veil hangs somewhere between the knees and the ankles. The veil should match the tone of the event and the wedding dress.

Choosing Your Style

Before you begin the journey of wedding dress shopping, you should determine the style of the gown you are looking for. If you want a glamorous look, you might choose a body-contouring, low-cut back with shimmering embellishments. A minimalist will forego the glitz and glam, and choose a simple design. Romantics fall in love with lace and intricate details. A traditional look can be achieved with an A-line dress, a bateau neckline and a string of pearls. If you want to be the princess, you probably want the ball gown with tulle, a voluminous skirt and ruffles all the way. Finding your style will require that you think about your personality, the setting of your ceremony and your unique shape.

Crystal Ballroom at Sunset Harbor

Crystal Ballroom at Sunset Harbor

Your perfect wedding dress fashion deserves the perfect runway. Walk the aisle at Crystal Ballroom at Sunset Harbor. This all-inclusive wedding venue is designed just for you. Bring imagination to the designers and choose your floral arrangements, linens and décor. Plan your dream wedding at Crystal Ballroom and walk the red carpet to a fairy tale.


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