Whilst planning your wedding, the process of selecting your wedding dress can be long, arduous and time consuming… But there is nothing like the moment when you find the right one.
Your wedding dress will be a perfect expression of you: it will showcase your personality, as well as (hopefully) complimenting the theming of your day flawlessly.
Different dress styles evoke different emotions and set different moods - from romance to confidence and playfulness to elegance… Your wedding dress is more than an item of clothing…
Brides-to-be often try on multiple dresses before choosing ‘The One’, as it should truly reflect who they are at their core and speak to them.
It is important to be open-minded in your wedding dress search, as some dresses will suit your body shapes and others will not - this is not a reflection of you and not a negative. It is important to try on different dress styles and shapes and see which makes you feel most beautiful.
A-line dresses hold a fitted bodice with a relaxed flare from the waist down.
An effortless style that fits a variety of tastes, ranging from classic chic to modern and romantic, a-line dresses may appeal to the bride looking to blend classic and modern elements.
You have an appreciation for simplicity and sophistication, whilst wanting the detailed delicacy that can come from the embellishments on your dress.
2. Ball Gown
The Ball Gown is infamously characterised by its fitted bodice and volumous skirt. Think classic, elegance, romance…
Personally, I think of tulle - lots and lots of tulle (although this isn’t necessarily the case).
The Ball Gown bride is the Disney princess bride… you’ve kissed a few frogs and love a fairytale ending. You exude timeless elegance and and embrace a romantic and traditional aesthetic.
You might even have horse and carriages to whisk you away at the end of the night…
The figure-hugging Mermaid dress emphasises a fitted bodice and flares dramatically at the knee.
Screaming confidence, elegance and attention, Mermaid dresses are not for the introverted bride.
If you’re looking to make an entrance (if being the bride isn’t quite enough), and demonstrate your bold charisma and unapologetic glamour, the drama and extravagance of a mermaid dress may be for you.
4. Sheath / Slip
Defining the sheath dress is its streamlined silhouette that falls straight from the neckline to the hem, gently grazing any curves but, generally, falling sleek.
For the bride that desires modern minimalism and refined elegance, a simple statement like a sheath dress may be the choice.
You’re confident and appreciate the understated sophistication of the style.
Why not pair it with a statement pair of heels to add a focal point?
The Bohemian gown is characterised by its flowing fabrics, delicate whimsical designs and boho-chic aesthetics.
For the free-spirited and laid-back bride, this style screams artistic and at one with nature.
You often experience wanderlust and need to feel connected to the world around you.
6. Suit / Two-Piece
Suits/Two-pieces provide a modern and stylish alternative to the traditional wedding dress.
This bride embraces their individual style with confidence and independence and don’t desire to conform to traditional norms; but exude effortless power and sleek elegance.
The strapless dress is for the confident and daring bride.
You are bold and fearless, making statements and drawing attention to yourself; adventurous; and flirty, embracing your lively personality, enjoying the freedom of movement and showing off your shoulders.
Long-sleeved dresses can fit in many of the categories mentioned throughout this post, but they are known for their sleeves that extend beyond the shoulders.
They’re perfect for the modest, classic bride who loves timeless beauty.
Whether it be puffed tulle or delicate lace, sleeves add sophistication to any dress.
9. V-Neck / Plunge
V-neck/Plunge dresses can vary massively in their style, ranging from a shallow to a deep V. The deep V creates a striking and sensual look.
For the bride that screams confidence, femininity and desires to make a statement.
You love glamorous and sultry aesthetics, and love to stun the room with your alluring sophistication.
The halterneck dress provides a flattering neckline that wraps around, creating an elegant and chic look.
For the graceful and elegant bride, with a refined taste in fashion and appreciation for the intricacies of design.
You are confident, independent and embrace modern style through a contemporary silhouette.
Tea-length dresses fall into the ‘midi’ range - where they sit between the knee and ankle.
This style is for the vintage brides, who want to add a touch of whimsy and playful charm to their day.
You have a love of retro fashion, are playful and thrive on the nostalgia of vintage styles.
Short wedding dresses are for the casual and non-traditional bride, and can be perfect for an outdoor or destination wedding.
This bride is practical and active, favouring comfortability and movement; youthful and vibrant; and relaxed, opting for a less formal style to break away from convention.
You might place great focus on another aspect of your wedding attire, like your shoes, as they will be on show in a way they may not have been with a longer dress.
The wedding dress search can be very stressful, especially with a herd of people around you giving their opinions - solicited or not. It is so important to remember that you are the person wearing the dress; you will be the person in the photos; this is your day.
It is so important to choose a wedding dress that aligns with your personality - as this will create an authentic and unforgettable look that will be true to you.
Prioritise how you feel about each dress, what resonates with you and which makes you feel the most comfortable, beautiful, confident and unapologetically true to you.
*NB: The suggested personality traits are generalisations and can vary from person to person. It is important for each bride to choose a dress that resonates with her own unique personality, style and preferences.
Written by Siobhan Tinnion
Events & Marketing Manager
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