Anatomy of a Wedding Gown
Sleeves are an oft-forgotten part of the wedding gown, especially as strapless gowns have become more and more popular.
The neckline of the gown defines the feeling and tone of the dress. Be sure to try on different necklines to see which looks best on you.
The bodice refers to the area of a gown above the waist. It is often used by designers to add dramatic design elements, such as beading or ruching.
The waistline of a gown is important because it is a focal point of the dress. Different body types will look dramatically better in certain waistlines. For instance, an empire waistline (or high waist) will add length to a petite figure.
Fabric dictates the look and weight of the dress. Various types of materials are used to create a luxurious look and feel, but the type of fabric can also add to the price tag. The venue, time of year and your personal style should also help you decide which fabric to choose.
The silhouette refers to the overall shape of the gown. The figures below show the most popular silhouettes for brides.
SKIRT & TRAIN:
The skirt style and train length set the tone for the formality of a gown. Trains vary in length from very short (seep train) to very long (cathedral train). Most trains require bustling after the ceremony. Bustling is the process of fastening or hooking the train up so the bride can move freely.