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Wedding Dress Questions and Answers

Wedding Dress

Wedding fashion is all about your style and the look that compliments and contours your unique shape. Each silhouette will create illusions for desired perceptions. Let’s take a look at the most popular wedding dress questions and what wedding professionals have to say.

Where Do I Begin with Dress Shopping?

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.

Which Dress Looks Best on Wide Hips?

A bride with wider hips might choose an asymmetrical waist or a ruffled skirt. A halter or one-shoulder strap can create illusions that balance the proportions. An A-line dress can bring attention to a narrow waistline, while camouflaging the hips. A ballgown can narrow the waste and hide everything below.

Which Wedding Dress Should a Short Bride Wear?

A shorter or petite bride can pull off a form-fitted or sheath gown. A simple wedding dress would be better than one overwhelmed with embellishments. An empire waistline creates a longer torso and legs. A short bride should avoid a voluminous skirt. If you want to add the illusion of height, choose vertical lines and seaming.

What is the Best Fit for a Pear-Shaped Bride?

A pear-shaped bride can choose a halter to create balance with the hips and bring attention to the shoulders. A strapless dress will also bring attention to the shoulders and neckline. Off-the-shoulder is an elegant neckline that brings attention to the shoulders and offsets wider hips. Cap shoulders are similar to sleeveless, but have a small piece of fabric on the shoulders that broadens the shoulders and lengthens the arms.

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What Should a Curvy Bride Wear?

Never be afraid to show your curves. A structured bodice is sleek. An A-line wedding dress will balance proportions. Consider a halter neckline or a scoop neckline to enhance the bust and shoulders.

Which Wedding Dress Looks Best on a Pregnant Bride?

If you want to camouflage the waistline, you will want the empire wedding dress. The high waistline sewn just below the bust allows the fabric to skim over the midriff and compliment curves. Pregnant brides frequently choose this silhouette for this reason. Empire wedding dresses usually have a square neckline, which draws attention to the neckline and creates definition.

Which Dress Shows Off an Hourglass Shape?

If you really want to show off your hourglass shape, you want a fitted mermaid wedding dress. This silhouette hugs the body all the way down to just below the knees. The tight fit is balanced by the volume in the dramatic skirt. Slender brides with proportionate curves usually choose this silhouette.

What Should a Small-Busted Bride Wear?

A smaller chest could be made to appear slightly larger with ruching and embellishments. However, instead of trying to create illusions, you might want to wear a deep plunging neckline and a low back that only a small-busted bride can pull off. Sometimes it is better to rock it than it is to fake it.

How Do I Choose the Fabric?

Fabric is an important part of the wedding dress, since it will determine the shape, texture and sheen. Finer fabrics are softer and drape better. Always think about how the fabric makes you feel. Consider the wrinkle factor and play with the fabric in your hand to test it. Decide whether you want a natural fiber, such as silk or if you prefer a synthetic blend of silk and polyester. Natural fibers breathe and feel cooler in warm weather. Synthetics are heavier and work best in cooler weather. Silk has always been a wedding dress favorite for the way it feels and absorbs dye. Satin can look ravishing, but low-end quality can create unwanted illusions. Chiffon or georgette is lightweight, sheer and flowing. Crepe is lightweight and thin with a pebbled texture. Organza is a semi-sheer fabric that maintains shape. Illusion is a sheer fabric that can be used in the sleeves or the bodice to add applique or lace detailing you could not otherwise. Faille is a light ribbed fabric. Velvet is a stiff and heavy material with a thick and plush pile. Lace is romantic and delicate on a spectrum from fine Chantilly to heavy guipure.

How Do I pick a Train?

The train of the wedding dress adds personality. Chapel trains are popular for elegance and versatility. They extend from the waist and trail three to four feet behind. A cathedral train is long, formal and dramatic with fabric that extends six to eight feet behind. A royal train is the most extravagant, extending twelve feet or more. A Watteau train begins to fall from the shoulder blades. A puddle or sweet train provides a small fishtail at the bottom of the dress.

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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