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Wedding Gowns 101 Finding Your Perfect Fit

Wedding Gowns 101 Finding Your Perfect Fit


                       It’s here! It’s time to shop for what could possibly be the most expensive and most beautiful gown you will ever purchase. Yes, it’s your wedding dress! No pressure, right? So you’ve dreamed of the perfect day with the perfect guy and the perfect dress. You’ve looked at all the latest bridal gown magazines and websites. You’ve even taken a peek inside a local bridal salon. But, do you really know the type of dress that’s best for your body shape?  One of the saddest things to witness is a bride in an ill-fitting gown.

On her perfectly planned special day, she spends most of her time tugging and pulling at her dress instead of enjoying her big day. That’s why bridal gown shopping is more than just a hunt for the current trend or color. It’s about making sure you choose a gown that complements your personality, style and body shape. That’s one reason it’s so important to know your measurements. Sizing your wedding dress can be a bit complicated, since most wedding gown designers have their own sizing chart. Your wedding gown stylist should take the measurements of your bust, hips and waist. This will help you determine the style that best suits your unique shape. Let’s take a look at descriptions of the most popular wedding gown styles and then we’ll discuss the best style for your shape.


SHEATH: Unconstructed, long and slim, the sheath is body-hugging and doesn’t have a fitted waist.

A-LINE: A fitted bodice that has a modest flair in the skirt. This is a universal, classic shape that suits almost any body type.

DROP WAIST: A longer bodice is fitted through the hips with a shorter skirt.

BALL GOWN: This is the fairytale princess dress style. It has a long, flowing skirt and a fitted bodice. It has lots of fullness created by petticoats or hoops.

MERMAID: Also called a trumpet or fishtail design, the mermaid dress hugs the body and begins to flair, usually at the knee. The flare can be modest or exaggerated. This design accentuates a woman’s figure and looks especially fabulous on tall, athletic women.

EMPIRE: Distinguished by a high waist that hits just below the bust, the empire styling elongates the body, minimizes pear-shaped figures and can conceal a disproportionately large or small bust.

FIT-AND-FLARE: A dress that closely hugs the body through the bodice and right past the hip, where the skirt then flares away from the body.

Now that you understand the most popular styles, here are a few bridal gown shopping Dos and Don’ts based on your body shape.


PEAR SHAPE: Your hip measurement is considerably larger than the measurements of your bust and/or shoulders, and your waist is usually quite defined.

Dress dos: A-Line, Empire, Ball Gown

Dress don’ts: Sheath

APPLE SHAPE: Your waist measurement is larger than that of your hips.

Dress dos: A-Line, Empire

Dress don’ts: Mermaid, Drop Waist

HOURGLASS SHAPE: Your bust and hip measurements are virtually the same and your waist measurement is considerably smaller (5 inches to 10 inches) than those two measurements.

Dress dos: Trumpet, Fit-and-Flare, Sheath

Dress don’ts: A-Line

INVERTED TRIANGLE: You’re larger at the shoulders but narrower at the hips.

Dress dos: A-Line, Ball Gown

Dress don’ts: Mermaid, Drop Waist

FULL-FIGURED: You have a larger bust measurement and curvaceous hips.

Dress dos: A-line, Ball Gown, Empire

Dress don’ts: Sheath

Certain styles work best on certain body shapes, but it’s good to keep your options open, too. You still need to consider fabric type, details and necklines. It’s best to try on a few different styles of dresses and then decide which style looks best on you, and the one that makes you feel like the stunning bride you deserve to be!


Love in Planning!



Lucretia Williams is the owner and lead consultant of Distinct Event Planning, LLC. Distinct Event Planning, LLC is a fullservice wedding and special event planning company serving brides and special event clients throughout the entire Columbus, Ohio. Their mission is to ensure that they offer you the best and most professional event planning services. Lucretia has more than 13 years in event planning and event design experience. She and her team strive to make sure each client experience a beautifully

relaxed, uniquely designed and worry-free event. Lucretia can be contacted at (614) 577-1844, info@DistinctEventPlanning.com or visit her at www.DistinctEventPlanning.com.

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