How to Choose Your Wedding Dress for Your Body Type
Starting to research wedding dresses can be a bit overwhelming, even if you think you know exactly what dress you want. As a top wedding planner in NH, we are here to help! Here’s where to start!
Any Bride can look this fabulous on their wedding day! It’s about finding the right dress of course.
The right dress for you, will obviously not be the right dress for someone else though, so get strategic before you start your dress shopping.
We are all different shapes and sizes, so the best place to start is with your body type.
The first place to start is to determine which body-type category is closest to your’s.
It’s a challenge to put yourself in very specific body type categories, but try to get as close as you can. It will help filter down the dress shopping process for you… which can be overwhelming for even the most organized bride.
We’ll start with the basic body-types, Hourglass, Triangle, Inverted Triangle, and Rectangle. Starting off with general wedding dress styles, A-line, Mermaid-Trumpet, Sheath-dress, Ballgown, Short & Empire styles so you can start to shop by sillouette.
And yes! You will definitely want to have any dress you choose to be tailored to your figure. A skilled seamstress will tailor your dress to your body-type. If you choose your dress wisely at purchase time, you will need only minor alterations to your wedding dress. In this way, your seamstress will not have to rebuild your wedding dress to suit your body-type as you will be shopping smart… and it will save you money as well!
Starting off with “Hourglass” body-types, the best dress-styles are Sheath, Ball Gown, and Mermaid-Trumpet for wedding dress choices.
We’ve created a quick example with real wedding dresses so you can compare to the sketches…
For “Triangle” body-shape, A-line, Empire, and Ball Gown wedding dress styles work best.
All of these wedding dress styles are so romantic – love the A-line, super traditional, and the Empire is so airy is perfect for “vintage” or “rustic” weddings. And if you are looking for a dramatic styled wedding dress, the Ball Gown style is perfect!
For “Inverted Triangle” body-types, there’s even more to choose from, adding a short wedding dress option for a contemporary or vintage look, and a Trumpet-Mermaid styled wedding dress is right on trend right now. Again, the Ball Gown style works too!
Choosing a “Ball Gown” wedding styled dress doesn’t mean it has to be ultra-traditional. If you like the Ball Gown “style” choose a wedding dress in a more contemporary-styled fabric like taffeta or crepe. Short dresses are adorable, and as for the Mermaid-Trumpet, they are amazing with any neckline choice (we’ll get into neckline choices in a follow-up article)
For “Rectangle” body-types – Empire Dresses, A-lines, and Sheath wedding dresses compliment assets best.
There are so many subtle details that can be worked into an Empire-styled wedding dress, and think about how amazing (and comfortable!!) you will be on your wedding day. For a more dramatic look an A-line wedding dress is gorgeous! Choosing a Sheath-styled wedding dress doesn’t mean it has to be boring either, look at the fringe and beading in this sheath wedding dress – it’s beautiful!
For brides that have already started wedding dress shopping, you already know it takes several months t0 just make your wedding dress purchase. Remember to start your shopping early. After you finalize your purchase, you need 6 months for your dress to come in as well. Plan your time and shopping wisely so your wedding dress arrives in enough time to get into a steamstress’ alteration queue.
Real Wedding Planner Advice: Remember time is money. If you wait until the last minute, you will have to throw money at things to make them happen. And you don’t want a seamstress rushing on your wedding dress. Give them (and you) plenty of time before your wedding day to complete your alterations by starting to shop for your wedding dress as soon as you get engaged (at least a year before your wedding date.
If you enjoyed this article, please visit our “Wedding Shoes for Brides-Ideas” Part 1 & Part 2 ~ to help your wedding shopping mission! We’ll be writing again soon with more “How to choose your wedding dress” focusing on neckline choices for body-type as well.
Questions? Need more detailed info? Feel free to contact Lisa Sammons Events at anytime. We are happy to help!
Article: Lisa Sammons – Owner/Principal Planner & Lead Designer – Lisa Sammons Events /Contributor & Features Editor: Style, Inspiration, & Design
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