the Best Style for You
you have determined the price and formality of the gown, you
will want to find one to flatter your figure.
will be a perfect dress for you no matter what your size and shape.
suggestions will help you find the perfect dress for your figure:
you’re short (under 5’ 4"): A high neckline with an empire
waist, a sheath or slim A-line gown that is short sleeved, sleeveless,
or strapless, worn with long gloves will make you look taller. The train
should not be longer than floor or chapel length.
you’re tall (over 5’ 4"): A drop waist with a wide band and
trim that wraps around the dress will take away the all legs look. Off
the shoulder, low necklines with billowy sleeves, are also good. Dramatic veiling is striking and will not overpower you.
you’re average height and weight (5’ 5"-5’ 8"): You’re
lucky and can get away with almost anything you’d like. You may want
to select something which makes you look shorter or taller depending on
the groom’s height.
you’re slender: You’re the one everyone envies. You can add a few
pounds by selecting a heavier fabric such as brocade. Choose a fuller
bodice with a gathered waist and narrow sleeves.
you’re plus size: You will want to aim for a slimmer effect with a
high waistline or an A-line dress with vertical lines. Stay away from
lacy ruffles, clingy fabrics and puffed sleeves. A Basque waist (an
elongated v-shape) slims the waist and hips and adds height for petite
plus size brides.
you’re large busted: A V-shape, scoop sweetheart, or high neckline
with a keyhole yoke is usually most flattering. Avoid empire or cinched
waists, they accentuate larger breasts. Choose wide straps or full
shoulders so you can wear a bra with straps.
you have wide hips: This common problem can be disguised with a flared
skirt or A-line gown The wide bottom can be balanced by a broad
neckline, fuller sleeves or veiling.
colour of your dress does not have to be stark white; there are many
beautiful shades of ivory that are also popular. A light pastel is often
chosen for second weddings.
colour of your dress should be the one that looks most flattering on
you. Your skin tone is the key to finding your shade. Fairer skin tones
look best in yellow-ivories and warmer neutral colours. Medium skin
tones with pink undertones should choose creamier colours; with yellow
undertones diamond white or champagne colours are best. Dark skin tones
look good in most shades of white, but with yellow or olive undertones
avoid yellow-ivories and try stark white or rum pink.
Sweep falls about six inches on the floor, and is best for semi-formal
Court falls twelve to eighteen inches on the floor. The
Chapel falls three feet on the floor, and is the most popular.
Cathedral falls six feet on the floor, and is only suitable for the most
Attached Train flows from the back end of the skirt. The
Detachable Train usually begins at the waistline and may be removed. The
Watteau Train falls from the back yoke. The
Capelet Train flows from the back of the shoulder. After
the ceremony the train should be detached or bustled in the back to free
your hands and allow you easy movement for dancing.
Selecting a Headpiece
Your headpiece should complement your wedding
dress in style and colour, taking into consideration your height, hair
style, and the shape of your face. These are some of the more popular
Piece - a single bow or small cluster of silk flowers attached
to a comb and worn at the back or on top of the head.
Wrap - a small circle decorated with flowers or beads worn at the back
or on top of
the head with hair styled in a bun.
- a U-shape elaborately trimmed with crystal and pearls worn at the
front of the head framing the face and extending just below the ears. A
formal look that suits round or oval faces or bangs.
- a band decorated with flowers or beads and worn across the
to of the head from ear to ear.
Cap - a close-fitting cap, beaded or bejewelled and worn at the back of
the head. A
formal look that suits short hair.
Hat - a wide-brimmed hat trimmed with ribbons, flowers, or pearls. A
semi-formal look that suits curled shoulder-length hair or ong
hair swept back or worn on top of the head.
Piece - a cluster of flowers or sprays of beads worn on one side of the
- a half crown decorated with flowers or beads and worn on top of the
head. A formal look that suits most brides and looks good with long or
- a circle of flowers with ribbons or pearls interwoven, worn on top of
the head or across the forehead. Suits most brides and looks good with
long or short hair.
A veil adds a finishing touch. Generally, the more
formal the dress the longer the veil. You may want to order a veil that
can be removed after the ceremony or you may decide to remove the entire
headpiece and replace it with fresh or silk flowers.
These are various types of veils:
- a chin-length veil covering the face and ears
Veil - a three metre(10") veil
Veil - a four metre(13") veil
Length Veil - reaches to the elbows
or Blusher Veil - covers the face during the ceremony and is lifted
the headpiece for the wedding kiss
Veil - reaches to the fingertips
- a long flowing veil that extends to the ankles
Shoes and Stockings
Your stockings should be a sheer
beige, champagne, ivory or white depending on the colour of your shoes
and wedding gown. There is wonderful bridal hosiery available, some with
appliqués or lace designs. Don’t forget this important touch. You
wouldn’t want to be embarrassed when it’s time to take off the
A pump style shoe is best in a silk
or satin and can be dyed to match your dress. Some brides choose to wear
ballet slippers, depending on their height and the groom’s .For an
added touch you may want to cover shoes with matching lace, baby pearls
or appliquéd roses. Make sure your shoes comfortable and that the heel
is not too high. Be prepared for hours of standing.
Gloves are optional depending on
the degree of formality and the style of your wedding gown. Make sure
the glove is open for the ring finger. Your engagement ring can be worn
under the right hand glove and transferred after the ceremony.
Long Gloves should be worn in a
formal wedding when your gown is strapless, sleeveless or short sleeved. Short
Gloves should be worn with a less formal gown or
a three-quarter or full length sleeve.