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How to Buy the Perfect Wedding Dress

How to find the perfect bridal gown for every body type:

a guest blog post by online wedding/bridesmaid dress retailer SimplyBridal.com

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From left to right: a mermaid dress really flaunts an hourglass shape, an A-line gown flatters all figures and the waistband really accents the waist, and a sheath is an elegant choice for a petite bride.

Every woman has parts of their figure that they like to accentuate, and others that they would like to downplay.  On your wedding day, the right dress will make you feel beautiful, relaxed, and comfortable.  Selecting a dress style that compliments your natural body shape is a smart way to make sure that you look your best when walking down the isle.

Wedding gowns for your body type:
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Most women are one of four shapes: hourglass, triangle, apple, or pear-shaped.  The best way to accentuate any figure is to choose a dress that balances the figure.

Hourglass-shaped women look great in most dress styles, but should keep any beading or textured fabrics balanced throughout the dress to maintain an even-looking figure.

Brides who are pear-shaped can balance a full bottom half by selecting an A-line dress.  The A-line floats away from curves and makes the waist appear more narrow.  Keeping embellishments, such as beading, to the top half of the gown will draw the eye up and away from full hips.

Apple-shaped brides also look great in an A-line silhouette due to its waist-slimming effect.  Dresses that cinch in at the natural waist make the most of an apple-shaped figure, while mermaid and sheath dresses are the least flattering styles.

Triangular-shaped women should avoid halter tops and heavily embellished bodices that draw attention to a large bust line.

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Making the Most of Your Height and Weight:

empire waist wedding gown with sleevesAny woman can look stunning in her wedding dress, regardless of her size.  For petite women, choosing a dress that is simple and form-fitting, such as a sheath dress, is best.  Elaborate or large dresses, such as a ball gown, can overwhelm a tiny frame, and tea-length dresses can make the legs appear short.

Tall brides can also have their spotlight stolen by an elaborate dress.  Trumpet and sheath dresses look great on a tall frame, and the sleek lines make the most of the bride’s height.  Curvy women tend to look best in dresses with an empire waist, but it is important to make sure that the skirt is somewhat form-fitting, as too many gathers and pleats can make the bottom half of the body look larger.  Corset-style dresses, and those with a belted waist, can also help fuller-figured women make the most of their curves.

Keeping body shape, height, and overall size in mind will help you find the most flattering dress for your special day, and is especially important if you will not be trying the dress on in person before purchasing.  As a general rule-of-thumb, make sure that the dress does not have anything flashy around less-favored features, and save the pizzazz for the areas that you don’t mind showing off.  With the right dress silhouette, you will look and feel incredible on your wedding day.

Things to Remember When Wedding Gown Shopping:

Anthropologie inspired halter wedding dress1. Come informed. We suggest calling bridal salons ahead of time to check if you need to make an appointment. Others may have limits on how many people you can bring at a time or prevent you from taking photographs.

For brides who choose to buy online, we advise that they read through the shipping and returns policy, and do a quick check to make sure the company is reputable.

2. Be prepared. Bring or wear the undergarments and shoes you plan to wear on your wedding day. This allows for more accurate measurements, and gives you the best idea of how a gown will actually fit.

3. Be firm AND flexible. This is the hardest rule for brides. Most bridal consultants advise brides to try no more than half a dozen dresses a time, because it can be confusing. So it’s important to come in knowing what sorts of dresses you want to try, but also listen to your bridal consultant’s recommendations.

4. Sleep on it. Although bridal consultants do have a lot of incentive to get you to buy on your first visit and sometimes even offer you an additional discount, it’s better to be completely 100% sure before taking the plunge.


Simplybridal.com is an online retailer of quality wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses. In addition to providing a great customer experience, we’re also committed to creating resources for brides.

At Simply Bridal, we don’t have warehouses full of completed dresses, waiting to be altered to fit our customers. Instead, our seamstresses begin work only when you place your order. Why do we do this? So we can offer multiple fabric color options, and make the perfect form-fitting dress. Eliminating warehouses also allows us to keep our prices low.

3 thoughts on “How to Buy the Perfect Wedding Dress”

  1. Beautiful work! Can you tell me who designed the dress in the second set of photos in the middle (layered flowing vintage looking dress)? Thank you!

    Candace

  2. Candace,
    The dress is by Jasmine Bridal. They have a website at http://www.jasminebridal.com.

    Most of their dresses are available in white, ivory, creme and gold (my dress was gold style# F374). The site has a lot of amazing styles to choose from. The prices are very reasonable (approx $800 for mine). They also offer “hollow-to-hem” orders which allows for a more custom fit in regards to length. That was perfect for me because I’m so short. Without that option they would have had to cut the bottom of my dress & I would have lost a lot of my “flounces”.

    Jasmine Bridal is carried in select shops. I went to Victoria’s Bridal Shoppe in Williamsville, NY (victoriasbridalshoppe.com). I originally google searched retailers that carried the line. However, I would recommend that you call the shop you plan to visit before hand because the first place I went to that listed themselves as a “carrier” of jasmine did not actually carry the line any longer.

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