Do you feel overwhelmed even thinking about trying on wedding dresses? Where do you even start!? Between the ballgowns, A-Lines, mermaids, fit and flares, empire waistlines, and sweetheart necklines, it is natural to want to throw in the towel after the first round of ill-fitting dresses. TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress" makes it look so easy to find the perfect wedding dress, but it's the consultants who ask the right questions and know which dress silhouette to pull for their bride's body. Unfortunately we can't all be on "Say Yes to the Dress" :( that is why I have put together this quick guide so you can easily narrow down your wedding dress search and only try on the dress silhouettes that will fit you best. At the end of this guide, you will be able to confidently walk into a bridal store and pick the dress that was perfectly made just for you.
As a wedding photographer, I can't tell you how important your wedding dress is. If your dress hugs your curves just right, you'll feel great and you'll look like a rockstar in your photos. If your dress is ill-fitting, you won't feel your best and that will look unhappy in your photos.
Follow the guide below to find the best wedding dress silhouette for you!
Step 1: Pick your Body Shape
Knowing your body shape will allow you to find the wedding dress that was made to compliment it. Picking the wrong body shape will lead to the wrong dress shape and ultimately lead to an unhappy bride. I believe that every woman is beautiful! Please remember, this part of the guide is not meant to make you feel bad about yourself - it is meant to help you choose your best wedding dress silhouette.
Photos courtesy of Style Makeover HQ.
Step 2: Pick the Wedding Dress Silhouette
There is a list of best dress silhouettes located under each body type description. Below is a you will find examples of the silhouettes and what they do to make your body look fabulous!
Step 3: Pick the Neckline
Necklines are just as important as the dress silhouette! The correct neckline can make your chest look fabulous and the wrong neckline can make you look like a boy (unless that's what you're going for...).
A sweetheart neckline and a semi-sweetheart neckline will look great on 90% of brides because it creates flattering lines on the chest and enhances the natural female form. Sweetheart necklines are also great for those of us who need a little extra up top because it creates the illusion of more volume.
The overall rule of necklines is to think about what you want to highlight and what you don't want to highlight. For example, if you have broad shoulders, stay away from anything that draws your eye to your shoulders like the Bateau, Jewel, or V-Neck. If you want to highlight your collar bone, go with an Off-Shoulder or Halter Strap.
Step 4: Try dress on!
By now you should have a pretty good idea of what dress silhouettes will flatter your figure the most - but remember every body is different and these "rules" will not work for everyone. When in doubt, try it on! There is only one way to find out what you like and what you don't like. If you try on a dress and hate it, try to pin point what you don't like about the dress and then avoid in the next dress.
I hope this guide has been helpful in narrowing your dress search and has made you a little less overwhelmed when it comes to finding the perfect dress!