Wedding Dress Styles: Everything You Need to Know

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Chances are you have some sort of idea what your dream wedding dress looks like long before you start shopping for one (or even get engaged, for that matter!). That’s because if you’re anything like me, you always imaged walking down the aisle in a beautiful wedding dress…and you kind of already knew what you wanted that dress to look like!

When I first started shopping for wedding dresses, I thought I wanted a BIG ballgown. When would I ever have a chance to wear a dress like that again?! However, I soon realized after I tried on my first two ballgown wedding dresses that it was the completely wrong style for me. They weren’t the least bit flattering on my figure (in fact, they looked downright bad). It wasn’t until I tried on my 5th potential wedding dress that I realized that trumpet wedding dresses and sheath wedding dresses actually looked best on me. Which was ironic because they’re about as far away from ballgown wedding dresses as you can get!

While you won’t know which wedding dress style looks best on you until you try a few on, it helps to know the terminology behind not only the different wedding dress silhouttes, but the names of the various wedding dress necklines and sleeve styles as well. That way you can not only know what to ask for when you’re in a wedding dress boutique, but you’ll know what to look for in the future (online and in store) once you find the perfect wedding dress style for you.

Below are a few wedding dress infographics that will help you learn more about the various wedding dress styles. Happy shopping!


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